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Jets 2, Lightning 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Jets 2, Lightning 1, OT
Winnipeg Jets 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Three Stars of the Game
Kyle Wellwood
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:03
Victor Hedman
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:54
Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:36




  • Tonight's game started scoreless longer than any other game this season and was the first scoreless first period (for or against) in a Lightning game since Dec. 5 at Ottawa - there had been a first-period goal in 22 straight games
  • The Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise had gone 103:22 without scoring a goal in Tampa Bay, prior to Blake Wheeler's goal
  • Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman's goal is his third goal on the season and comes just one game after returning from injury on January 31 having missed 13 games with a concussion
  • With his assist on Victor Hedman's goal, Martin St. Louis extends his current point streak to eight games(3g, 10a)
  • Stamkos has 17 goals and seven assists over his last 20 games
  • Tampa Bay drops to 13-3-4 in one-goal games and are a combined 7-5 in games that have ended in overtime or in the shootout this season
  • Tampa Bay is now 20-4-2 this season when allowing three-or-fewer goals and 14-1-1 when allowing two-or-fewer goals
  • Despite tonight's loss, Tampa Bay has won 12 of its last 15 games against Winnipeg/Atlanta

The Tampa Bay Lightning certainly played well enough to earn two points on Thursday night.

But getting just one instead wasn’t a bad alternative either.

Victor Hedman had a goal and Mathieu Garon made 22 saves for the Lightning, which fell 2-1 in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets in front of a home crowd of 16,923 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The loss snapped Tampa Bay’s season-high five-game winning streak, while Winnipeg won for the second straight time past regulation.

“We gained another point,” Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said.

“That’s how we look at it. We played a good game and we didn’t give them much.”

Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg and Kyle Wellwood added the game-winning goal for the Jets, which got a 30-save performance from Ondrej Pavelec.

With Winnipeg clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the game, Hedman rushed down the ice and erased the one-goal deficit at 10:34 of the final period after taking a nifty neutral-zone touch pass from Martin St. Louis and wristing one beneath Pavelec’s arm from the low left circle to send the contest into overtime.

It was the Lightning defenseman’s first goal since Oct. 22, snapping a 25-game goal-less drought, while St. Louis now has 10 assists and 13 points during an eight-game point streak.

“They got a little momentum there in the third period,” Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien said. “It was anyone’s game until the end.”

Wellwood notched the game-winner 3:14 into the extra period, scoring from in close after taking a pass from Wheeler at the left circle.

The goal snapped Tampa Bay’s streak of seven straight wins at home against the Jets/Thrashers franchise dating back to the team's days in Atlanta.

Garon fell to 5-0-1 in his career against Thursday’s opponent. “In the end,” Garon said, “they played a good game and they beat us.”

Both goaltenders dueled early to start the contest, with Garon making a spectacular pad save on a shot by Bryan Little from the low slot, while Pavelec had a similar stop on an in-close shot from NHL goals leader Steven Stamkos during a scoreless first.

Stamkos then hit the outside of the post on the rebound after Pavelec stopped St. Louis’ shot midway through the second, in which the Lightning outshot Winnipeg 15-7.

Wheeler notched the game’s first goal in the final minute of the second, converting a rebound that came off Garon’s pad after an initial stop on a point shot from Jim Slater.

Tampa Bay now sits 11th in the Eastern Conference, nine points back of Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot with 49 points.

“We played a good enough game to get two points,” Hedman said. “Matty definitely kept us in there with a couple saves of the game, but we got one point. We can’t bear ourselves down, we just have to move forward.”

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Blake Wheeler (10) ASST: Jim Slater (3), Andrew Ladd (10)
1 - 0 WPG
3rd Period
Victor Hedman (3) ASST: Martin St. Louis (33), Steven Stamkos (22)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
Kyle Wellwood (10) ASST: Blake Wheeler (25), Dustin Byfuglien (19)
2 - 1 WPG
penalty summary
1st Period
Steve Downie  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
Aaron Gagnon  Too many men/ice - bench
Steve Downie  Hooking against  Toby Enstrom
Toby Enstrom  Diving against  Steve Downie
Matt Gilroy  Cross checking against  Alexander Burmistrov
3rd Period
Andrew Ladd  Slashing against  Steve Downie
OT Period
goalie stats
Ondrej Pavelec
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 31TOI: 63:14
Saves: 30EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 24TOI: 63:14
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1