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Lightning top Jets; Drouin scores first NHL goal

Patrick Williams  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 10.24.2014 / 11:03 PM

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.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:41TBL Steven Stamkos (6) ASST: Jonathan Drouin (2), Valtteri Filppula (5) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:45TBL Jonathan Drouin (1) ASST: Nikita Kucherov (3), Tyler Johnson (5) 2 - 0 TBL
05:33WPG PPG - Bryan Little (4) ASST: Toby Enstrom (5), Andrew Ladd (2) 2 - 1 TBL
12:52TBL PPG - Vladislav Namestnikov (2) ASST: Ondrej Palat (3), Nikita Kucherov (4) 3 - 1 TBL
18:02TBL Ondrej Palat (3) ASST: Tyler Johnson (6), Nikita Kucherov (5) 4 - 1 TBL
3rd Period
10:19WPG Blake Wheeler (3) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (3), Toby Enstrom (6) 4 - 2 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Jonathan Drouin
Jonathan Drouin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:57
Ondrej Palat
Ondrej Palat
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:09
Blake Wheeler
Blake Wheeler
G: 1Shots: 8
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:58
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:55WPG Mathieu Perreault  Hooking against  Eric Brewer
13:21TBL Valtteri Filppula  Holding against  Toby Enstrom
14:00TBL Matthew Carle  Holding against  Bryan Little
2nd Period
01:34TBL Radko Gudas  Hooking against  Mathieu Perreault
05:05TBL Radko Gudas  Fighting (maj) against  Dustin Byfuglien
05:05TBL Radko Gudas  Hi-sticking against  Dustin Byfuglien
05:05WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Fighting (maj) against  Radko Gudas
06:43WPG Zach Bogosian  Interference against  Steven Stamkos
08:52TBL Jason Garrison  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
11:16WPG Paul Postma  Tripping against  Vladislav Namestnikov
14:53WPG Bryan Little  Roughing against  Tyler Johnson
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/5
Faceoff Wins2527
Blocked Shots1411
Penalty Minutes1513
2E. BrewerD0010017:50
5J. GarrisonD0005219:55
6A. StralmanD0022024:12
7R. GudasD00-12915:43
9T. JohnsonC0222020:22
10B. MorrowL0000013:57
11B. BoyleC0010015:45
13C. PaquetteC0003014:14
14B. ConnollyR000204:14
18O. PalatL1111019:09
23J. BrownR000001:14
25M. CarleD0021220:09
27J. DrouinL1112018:57
51V. FilppulaC01-11221:51
62A. SustrD0000014:08
86N. KucherovR0323015:43
90V. NamestnikovC1001010:48
91S. StamkosC1002023:25
30B. Bishop4042.95259:56
4P. PostmaD0003214:15
5M. StuartD00-11017:19
8J. TroubaD00-12025:18
15M. HalischukR000003:02
16A. LaddL01-13021:51
17A. LowryL00-20010:32
18B. LittleC10-13221:53
19J. SlaterC000007:44
21T. GaliardiL00-22015:20
22C. ThorburnR000003:13
24G. ClitsomeD00-11014:43
26B. WheelerR1018020:58
33D. ByfuglienR00-11520:49
39T. EnstromD0200023:31
44Z. BogosianD00-12221:26
55M. ScheifeleC0014020:33
67M. FrolikR00-27013:54
85M. PerreaultC0115217:54
31O. Pavelec1418.77840:00
34M. Hutchinson991.00018:09