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Game Blog: Jets 3, Bolts 2

The Jets down the Lightning 3-2 Sunday night at the MTS Centre.

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 6:47 PM CT / Blogs
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Game Blog: Jets 3, Bolts 2
The Jets host the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night before hitting the road for a pair.

PRE-GAME NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets (16-14-2) play three of their next four games against Southeast Division opponents beginning with the Tampa Bay Lightning (13-16-1)* on Sunday. The Jets have played the Lightning twice this season. Both games were in Tampa Bay, and each had a decidedly different outcome. On Feb. 1 the Lightning stormed out of the gate scoring the first six goals en route to an 8-3 win. On Mar. 7 the Jets won a defensive struggle by a score of 2-1 on Bryan Little’s winner with under five minutes to play in regulation time. Since these clubs last saw each other, the Jets have gone 5-3-1, but have dropped their last two. The Lightning, on the other hand, have gone 3-4-0 following their last date with the Jets. The final meeting between these clubs will also be in Winnipeg, on Apr. 16.


Starting Lineup: Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien and Ondrej Pavelec in net.

FIRST PERIOD

14:02: JETS GOAL: Bryan Little got the Jets on the board late in the opening period after he scooped up a loose puck on a broken play in the slot and wristed one over Cedrick Desjardins. Blake Wheeler picked up his 13th assist on Little's fifth goal of the season. 1-0 Jets.

      Little's ends streak of 5 in a row of @NHLJets allowing first goal. 10-4-1 when they take early lead. @TBLightning 2-13-1 the other way            @KellyMooreCJOB
Through 20 minutes, the Jets led the Bolts 1-0 but Tampa Bay held the edge in shots 12-8.

      Clitsome led all Jets with 7:56 TOI. Bogosian, Byfuglien and Enstrom all logged 7:50.            @pwilliamsNHL


SECOND PERIOD

2:35: JETS GOAL: Dustin Byfuglien added to the lead picking up a power play goal with Tyler Johnson in the box for tripping. Blake Wheeler sent a cross-ice feed to Byfuglien at the top of the left circle. He got into position and blasted a wrister that beat Desjardins. Bryan Little picked up the second assist on Byfuglien's sixth of the year.

6:20: BOLTS GOAL: Steven Stamkos scores his 22nd of the season, 7 seconds into a Bolts power play with Chris Thorburn in the box for kneeing. Martin St.Louis sent him a nice feed from the top of the circle and he made no mistake firing it past Pavelec. 2-1 Bolts.

9:35: JETS GOAL: Tobias Enstrom goes top-shelf on Desjardins for his third of the season after Andrew Ladd connected with him all alone in the slot to flip up and into the net. Little picks up his third point of the night on Enstrom's goal.

      Bryan Little has three points tonight. You could say he has been Bryan Big tonight. @IllegalCurve            @ICEzzyG

Through 40 minutes of play, the Jets were leading the Lightning 3-1 and the shots read 19-17 in favour of Tampa Bay. The Jets did have a healthy lead in the hits column, leading 24-15.

      It's 3-1 #NHLJets through two periods over TB Lightning. Lightning have had enough good chances to be tied or ahead. Pavelec stellar            @Ted_Wyman


THIRD PERIOD

5:01: BOLTS GOAL:Cory Conacher pulls the Lightning within one on 4-on-4 play as he sent a redirection past Pavelec from Eric Brewer's point shot. 3-2 Jets. Nate Thompson draws the second helper.

      @NHLJets surrender first 4 on 4 goal this season on tip by @TBLightning Thompson to cut lead to 3-2 at 5:01            @KellyMooreCJOB


      @NHLJets We are closing in a minute left in the 3rd and a Go Jets Go chant is ringing thru MTS. Bolts pull goalie.            @IllegalCurve


The Lightning putting pressure on in the final minutes of regulation trying to tie things up but couldn't solve Pavelec to pull even and the Jets take a 3-2 final victory in their home barn.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 77 24 37 11 61
B. Wheeler 75 25 34 24 59
B. Little 66 24 27 9 51
M. Scheifele 77 14 32 8 46
D. Byfuglien 68 18 27 5 45
M. Frolik 77 17 23 3 40
M. Perreault 58 18 19 4 37
A. Lowry 75 10 12 -2 22
T. Enstrom 58 4 18 7 22
J. Trouba 61 7 14 4 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 16 7 .916 2.41
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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