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game recap

Jets 3, Lightning 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:52 AM

Associated Press

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Jets 3, Lightning 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Winnipeg Jets 3
Three Stars of the Game
Bryan Little
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:45
Ondrej Pavelec
2nd
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .920SH: 1-1
Martin St. Louis
3rd
Martin St. Louis
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 23:18

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Bryan Little and the Winnipeg Jets knew they needed to end their homestand on a high note.

Little came through with a goal and two assists to help the Jets snap a two-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the faltering Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

Winnipeg had dropped its previous two games to the Washington Capitals, getting outscored 10-1.

"It's a game that we needed," Little said. "It was nice to see us bounce back after those two games against Washington. It would have put us in a tough position if we had lost this game tonight."

The win keeps the Jets atop the Southeast Division and in third in the Eastern Conference.

Next up for Winnipeg is a road trip to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, the team that's four points behind them in the Southeast. A game against Pittsburgh follows on Thursday. The Jets are 9-6-2 away from Manitoba.

Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom also scored for Winnipeg, and Blake Wheeler picked up two assists.

Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 22nd goal of the season on the power play and rookie Cory Conacher also scored for the Lightning, who fired coach Guy Boucher in the morning.

"I'm proud of every guy in this room," Stamkos said. "The coaching staff today ... everyone did a great job of preparing us for this game and I thought it was, to be honest, one of our better games of the year."

Assistants Martin Raymond and Dan Lacroix shared the coaching duties for Tampa.

"We kind of were in the trenches today," said Martin St. Louis, who assisted on Stamkos' goal. "Our coaches did really well. They got us prepared to play today."

The Lightning ended a three-game road trip without a win.

Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves, while Cedric Desjardins faced 24 shots for Tampa Bay.

"It's going to be another tough game and then we go to Pittsburgh and then home to Carolina," Pavelec said. "Those three games are going to be huge for us."

Little's wrist shot over Desjardins' glove at 14:02 of the first period gave the Jets a 1-0 lead and they stretched it to 2-0 early in the second.

Just 11 seconds after Lightning center Tyler Johnson was called for tripping, Byfuglien curled into the middle of the left faceoff circle and blasted a low shot that went between Desjardins' pads at 2:24. He has nine points in his last eight games.

Tampa quickly got its own power-play goal after Jets right-winger Chris Thorborn was sent off for kneeing Teddy Purcell. Seven seconds later, Stamkos one timed a high shot past Pavelec at 6:20.

Enstrom, in his first game back after missing 19 games with a shoulder injury, took a pass from Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd directly in front of Desjardins and beat the goalie with a high shot to make it 3-1 at 9:35.

"It's nice to stop a slide and get back in the win column," Ladd said. "Everyone knows what's going on and how tight the race is and we need to be winning hockey games right now."

The Jets were missing defensemen Ron Hainsey (hand) and Mark Stuart (undisclosed), but Pavelec was happy to have Enstrom back.

"He's been one of our best players the last few years," Pavelec said. "Every time he's out of the lineup, you miss a guy like that. I think he's so smart with the puck. He's patient, he's confident with the puck."

Eric Brewer's shot from the point was deflected into the net by Conacher at 5:01 of the third to make it 3-2.

"There's always little plays that you want to take back and guys are aware," Lacroix said. "They come back to the bench and they know. ... The guys played extremely hard."

NOTES: The Jets are 12-1-0 when leading after the second period this season. ... Ladd's assist gave him eight points in his last eight games. ... It was the third of four games between the clubs this season, with Winnipeg taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:02
WPG
Bryan Little (5) ASST: Blake Wheeler (13)
1 - 0 WPG
2nd Period
02:35
WPG
PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (6) ASST: Blake Wheeler (14), Bryan Little (15)
2 - 0 WPG
06:20
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (22) ASST: Martin St. Louis (33), Sami Salo (12)
2 - 1 WPG
09:35
WPG
Tobias Enstrom (3) ASST: Andrew Ladd (18), Bryan Little (16)
3 - 1 WPG
3rd Period
05:01
TBL
Cory Conacher (9) ASST: Eric Brewer (6)
3 - 2 WPG
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:24
TBL
Tyler Johnson  Tripping against  Alexander Burmistrov
06:13
WPG
Chris Thorburn  Kneeing against  Teddy Purcell
07:10
TBL
Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
09:13
WPG
Zach Bogosian  Hi stick - double minor against  Ondrej Palat
09:21
TBL
Martin St. Louis  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Ladd
14:22
WPG
Nik Antropov  Slashing against  Tom Pyatt
3rd Period
03:22
WPG
Blake Wheeler  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Cedrick Desjardins
03:47
TBL
Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Bryan Little
goalie stats
Cedrick Desjardins
Cedrick Desjardins
0-3-0
SA: 24TOI: 58:58
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 1