WINNIPEG – Evander Kane hopes Winnipeg’s effort against Tampa Bay was a glimpse into the Jets’ future.
Kane, Tim Stapleton and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and an assist as the Jets ended a five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Lightning on Monday night.
“It was the most complete game we’ve played,”said Kane.“We need to be able to model that and be consistent with that type of game.”
Andrew Ladd and Mark Flood also scored for the Jets, who went 1-2 on the power play and upped their record to 6-9-3.
Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos replied for Tampa Bay (8-7-2), which couldn’t convert on six power-play chances.
“We felt it was a good opportunity for us at home against a tough team to really get back on track and play the game that we need to play,”Ladd said.“I thought for the most part we did that tonight.”
Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves as Winnipeg registered only its third win at home this season.
“It was a game we needed,”Pavelec said.“Our biggest problem is being able to stay out of the (penalty) box.
“But we did a great job tonight. We know that if we just stick with the plan and if we’re going to play all 60 minutes…we can beat everybody and that’s what we showed tonight.”
Winnipeg outshot Tampa 39-32.
Dwayne Roloson started in net for the Lightning, but was replaced by Mathieu Garon midway through the second period after giving up his fourth goal on 22 shots.
Tampa head coach Guy Boucher didn’t blame bad luck for his team’s lack of scoring with the man advantage.
“I don’t believe in luck. You make your luck,”Boucher said.“We hit the post. You shoot two inches inside and that’s not a post, it’s accuracy. And I think (Pavelec) made some major key saves on our power play.”
In the second of six games between the clubs this season–Tampa won the first–Winnipeg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Kane and Byfuglien.
Winnipeg outshot Tampa 16-11 in the period, while the Lightning had the period’s only two power plays and couldn’t beat Pavelec.
Winnipeg killed off a four-minute Lightning power play early in the second period while defenceman Zach Bogosian was in the box for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Jets went into the game ranked 22nd in the league in penalty killing and 20th with the man advantage.
Winnipeg used its first power play of the game to make it 3-0 as Flood’s shot from the high slot when through Roloson’s pads at 7:49 of the second.
The Lightning got on the board three minutes later when St. Louis scored with a close shot that went through Pavelec’s pads.
Winnipeg made it 4-1 less than two minutes later as Ladd stood in front of Roloson and had teammate Johnny Oduya’s shot bounce off him into the net.
Ladd’s fifth goal of the season at 12:14 brought Garon into the net.
Tampa had a two-man advantage for a minute and 17 seconds late in the second, but the Jets managed to carry the 4-1 lead into the final period.
The teams traded goals 22 seconds apart in the third, with Stapleton scoring his second of the season at 10:04 and Stamkos notching his 11th.
The Jets host Washington on Thursday. Tampa returns home to face Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Notes: The loss ended a streak of 12 straight Ligntning wins over the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise, which had been the NHL’s longest active streak by one team over a single opponent…During the Jets’five-game losing streak, they were only 2-of-20 on the power play.