WPG
24-21-3
TBL
18-26-4

Jets 2, Lightning 1

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 11:00 PM

A late rally fell just short Thursday night, as the Tampa Bay Lightning put forth a valiant effort in the latter stages of the third period, but didn’t come out on top at the end of regulation.

Steven Stamkos scored the only goal for the Lightning to erase a one-goal deficit, and Anders Lindback was strong in net, making 26 saves, but as the Bolts fell 2-1 to the division-rival Winnipeg Jets in front of another sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“We didn’t make many mistakes tonight, but this one was difficult for our players,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said. “We did everything we could and had lots of chances, but they just didn’t go in. The result didn’t come with the effort.”

The teams entered the contest tied at 21 points apiece in the Southeast Division standings, with Thursday’s winner set to pull ahead of the other into second place, behind only the Carolina Hurricanes, at the top with 27 points.

Following 60 minutes of a tight-checking, grind-it-out type of game, Winnipeg emerged, helped along by Bryan Little’s game-winning goal with just 4:08 to go in regulation.

Little snapped a 1-1 tie at 15:52 of the third to reclaim Winnipeg’s lead, as he skated around Martin St. Louis and beat Lindback with his fourth of the year.

The goal came just moments after Lightning rookie forward Ondrej Palat nearly recorded his first career NHL goal with a shot that rimmed around the post and the crossbar, only to be quickly waved off by the official.

“It’s disappointing for sure, there’s no other way to describe it,” Stamkos said. “The last couple games we’ve been playing well but we haven’t gotten the points. And in this league, that’s what it’s all about. Wins. It’s all about wins.”

Eric Tangradi had the other goal for Winnipeg, while Al Montoya turned back 28 of 29 shots in the win.

The victory allowed the Jets to rebound from a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, while Tampa Bay’s defeat was its sixth in its past seven games.

Tangradi opened the scoring just past the halfway point of the first when he beat Lindback up high with a sharp wrist shot that put the Jets up 1-0.

The Bolts, meanwhile, had their chances, but couldn’t solve Montoya through the first 40 minutes.

With Paul Postma and Mark Stuart each in the penalty box, Tampa Bay went on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the second, but was stymied by an aggressive Jets penalty kill unit.

Winnipeg had the same opportunity later on, in the period’s final minute, but this time failed to get another one past Lindback, although Andrew Ladd’s attempt from the side of the net rang the post before the sides retreated into the intermission with the Jets still clinging to a one-goal lead.

Stamkos finally got the Lightning on the board in the third, when he slid into the goal mouth and batted in a feed from St. Louis that beat Montoya to tie the game 1-1.

That lasted approximately nine minutes, until Little broke the 1-1 deadlock and put Winnipeg back in front.

Tampa Bay rallied late with Lindback off to the bench in favor of the extra skater, but Winnipeg held strong to stave off the Bolts’ final comeback attempt looking to tie it.

“When you play like we did today, when the effort is there, and you do exactly what you’re supposed to do, and we don’t get anything, that hurts,” Boucher added. “We deserved this one tonight.”

Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:05WPG Eric Tangradi (1) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 WPG
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:57TBL Steven Stamkos (18) ASST: Martin St. Louis (25), Ryan Malone (2) 1 - 1 Tie
15:52WPG Bryan Little (4) ASST: Andrew Ladd (10), Blake Wheeler (11) 2 - 1 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Al Montoya
1st
Al Montoya
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 7-7
SV%: .966SH: 0-0
Evander Kane
2nd
Evander Kane
G: 0Shots: 9
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 21:12
Steven Stamkos
3rd
Steven Stamkos
C
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:40
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:45WPG Evander Kane  Hi-sticking against  Brian Lee
2nd Period
00:19TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Stuart
00:19WPG Mark Stuart  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
03:05WPG Olli Jokinen  Interference on goalkeeper against  Anders Lindback
07:57WPG Paul Postma  Interference against  Alex Killorn
07:57WPG Mark Stuart  Hi-sticking against  Martin St. Louis
16:30TBL Victor Hedman  Tripping against  Bryan Little
17:40TBL Eric Brewer  Hooking against  Grant Clitsome
3rd Period
00:55WPG Olli Jokinen  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
PeriodWPGTBL
1st1312
2nd76
3rd811
Total2829
Team Stats
CategoryWPGTBL
Power Plays0/20/5
Hits2023
Faceoff Wins2336
Giveaways514
Takeaways57
Blocked Shots1315
Penalty Minutes159
  • WINNIPEG
  • TAMPA BAY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4P. PostmaD001128:51
5M. StuartD0010714:13
6R. HainseyD00-11025:17
8A. BurmistrovC0000019:54
9E. KaneL0009221:12
12O. JokinenC0001220:38
13K. WellwoodC001006:05
16A. LaddL0110016:53
17J. WrightC0000015:03
18B. LittleC1002016:01
19J. SlaterC000009:18
20A. MiettinenR0000010:49
24G. ClitsomeD0012019:17
26B. WheelerR0102016:21
27E. TangradiL101304:48
33D. ByfuglienR0013023:57
44Z. BogosianD00-12026:34
80N. AntropovC0002014:47
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35A. Montoya2829.96660:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD0010220:25
3K. AulieD00-10014:41
4V. LecavalierC0004022:01
6S. SaloD00-12021:26
11T. PyattC0001010:20
12R. MaloneL0102019:26
15B. LeeD00-10014:37
16T. PurcellR0001013:07
17A. KillornC0002021:28
19B. CrombeenR000158:48
25M. CarleD0002025:22
26M. St. LouisR0100024:52
44N. ThompsonC00-13013:24
74O. PalatL00-10011:31
76P. LabrieL000107:12
77V. HedmanD0003215:16
89C. ConacherC00-10013:01
91S. StamkosC1007020:40
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
39A. Lindback2628.92958:23