WINNIPEG -- The Tampa Bay Lightning used a big second period against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday to ensure a winning five-game road trip.
The Lightning scored three second-period goals, including the first of rookie Jonathan Drouin's career, on their way to a 4-2 win against the Jets at MTS Centre.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading sixth goal in the first period, and Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat joined Drouin in scoring a second-period goal. Nikita Kucherov had three assists and Tyler Johnson two for Tampa Bay.
The Lightning, who are 3-1-0 on their road trip, will head home after they play at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The Lightning have found success on this trip even without injured players Victor Hedman, Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn. J.T. Brown (upper body) and Brett Connolly (lower body) exited the game Friday with injuries, and their status for Saturday is not known.
Ben Bishop made 40 saves for the Lightning. He leads the NHL since the start of the 2013-14 season with 46 games in which he has allowed two or fewer goals.
Bryan Little's second-period goal snapped the Jets' season-opening 0-for-22 slump on the power play. Blake Wheeler had a third-period goal, and Toby Enstrom had two assists. The Jets end their five-game homestand Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche before beginning a stretch of nine of 11 games on the road.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 14 of 18 shots that he faced in two periods. Michael Hutchinson made nine saves for the Jets in the third period. The goaltending change was the second time in the Jets' first seven games that they have replaced their starting goaltender.
The top line of Stamkos, Drouin and Valtteri Filppula combined for a 1-0 Lightning lead 4:41 into the game. Stamkos finished off a 2-on-1 rush off a backhand pass from Drouin.
Drouin made it 2-0 when he took Kucherov's behind-the-net pass and drilled a one-timer past Pavelec at 4:45 of the second period.
Enstrom's pass set up Little's fourth goal 48 seconds later, pulling the Jets to within a goal.
Tampa Bay's sixth-ranked power play, which had gone two games without a goal, moved the Lightning's lead back to two goals when Namestnikov tipped Palat's right-circle shot past Pavelec at 12:52 of the second period. Winnipeg was 26-for-28 on the penalty kill this season before Palat's goal.
Palat finished off a 2-on-1 rush, taking Johnson's lead pass and beating Pavelec with 1:58 left in the second period.
Wheeler's goal with 9:41 left in the third made it 4-2.