TAMPA — You would think with the way the Lightning power play is going, the Jets would have made it a priority Friday night to stay out of the penalty box.
Instead, Winnipeg in the first period gave the Tampa Bay power play — which entered fifth in the league at 30 percent — 8:33 of time and two five-on-threes, resulting in three goals. But that simply set the table for what was a 8-3 dismantling of the Jets before an announced 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
It was the fifth straight win for the Lightning (6-1-0), which also has an 11-game streak (9-0-2) against the Jets/Thrashers franchise at home without a regulation loss.
Cory Conacher scored twice, once on the power play, and had three points. Steven Stamkos and Vinny Lecavalier had power-play goals. Also scoring were Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone, Ben Pouliot and Nate Thompson, whose tally gave the Lightning a league-best 14 players with at least one goal.
Stamkos and Lecavalier had three points each, and Eric Brewer had two assists and was plus-3.
Anders Lindback made 26 saves as Tampa Bay, snoozing through most of the last 30 minutes after taking a 6-0 second-period lead, was outshot 29-25 and allowed three third-period goals.
In a sense, the Jets were ripe for the picking. They were the third team on the Lightning's five-game homestand playing on consecutive days. But that was no excuse for how they unraveled.
Conacher's power-play goal 7:57 into the period on a redirect of Matt Carle's wrist shot was Tampa Bay's first shot of the game.
Then it got interesting.
First, Chris Thorburn got a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct for plastering Sami Salo face-first into the side glass with 7:49 remaining. A delay of game penalty to Ron Hainsey created a five-on-three on which Stamkos scored with a one-timer with 5:49 left.
A cross-checking call on Mark Stuart with 3:56 left created another five-on-three on which Lecavalier scored.
Evander Kane was called for unsportsmanlike conduct with 1:3 left, apparently for mouthing off to an official.
So, to review, the Lightning had 8:33 of power-play time and scored on three of five power plays, twice five-on-three.
The Lightning scored three in the second. Conacher, 26 seconds in, tipped in Brewer's shot. Thompson's sharp-angle goal at 4:43 chased goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who allowed five goals on 14 shots. Purcell's goal a minute later on Al Montoya made it 6-0.
First Period—1, Tampa Bay, Conacher 4 (Carle, Pouliot), 7:57 (pp). 2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 5 (Purcell, Lindback), 14:11 (pp). 3, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 4 (St. Louis, Stamkos), 16:55 (pp). Penalties—Hall, TB (interference), 2:42; Redmond, Wpg (holding), 5:59; Thorburn, Wpg, served by Jokinen, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 12:11; Hainsey, Wpg (delay of game), 12:47; Stuart, Wpg (cross-checking), 16:04; Kane, Wpg (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:25.
Second Period—4, Tampa Bay, Conacher 5 (Brewer, Lecavalier), :26. 5, Tampa Bay, Thompson 1 (Crombeen, Brewer), 4:43. 6, Tampa Bay, Purcell 2 (Stamkos), 5:43. Penalties—Ponikarovsky, Wpg (slashing), 6:25; Thompson, TB (roughing), 6:25; Pyatt, TB (hooking), 10:44.
Third Period—7, Wpg, Enstrom 2 (Postma, Ladd), 5:34. 8, Wpg, Postma 1 (Little, Enstrom), 6:35 (pp). 9, Tampa Bay, Malone 4 (Lecavalier, Conacher), 8:46. 10, Wpg, Ladd 3 (Postma, Enstrom), 9:49 (pp). 11, Tampa Bay, Pouliot 2 (Pyatt, Hedman), 18:35. Penalties—Tampa Bay bench, served by Tyrell (too many men), 6:27; Aulie, TB (holding), 9:32. Shots on Goal—Wpg 7-10-12—29. Tampa Bay 10-7-8—25. Power-play opportunities—Wpg 2 of 4; Tampa Bay 3 of 5. Goalies—Wpg, Pavelec 2-4-1 (14 shots-9 saves), Montoya (4:43 second, 11-8). Tampa Bay, Lindback 5-1-0 (29-26). A—19,204 (19,204). T—2:33. Referees—Mike Leggo, Tim Peel. Linesmen—Brian Mach, Pierre Racicot.