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St. Louis scores twice as Lightning tops Jets

WINNIPEG — Reporters Tuesday night tried to get Marty St. Louis to talk about being left off Canada's Olympic team.

But beyond saying he is "extremely disappointed" St. Louis would not elaborate.

"Any questions about the game?" he said.

There was plenty to talk about there too. St. Louis shrugged off the emotion of the day and had two goals — including the winner and an empty-netter (with 26 seconds left, matching his game jersey) — in a 4-2 victory over the Jets at the MTS Centre.

"He does what he does best," coach Jon Cooper said. "The whistle started and he came to play. Good for him. I'm happy for him."

Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning (26-13-4). Goaltender Anders Lindback must take some blame in both Winnipeg goals.

But Tampa Bay's generally stellar defense limited the Jets to 14 shots, a season low, while the Lightning generated 33.

St. Louis' winner 8:39 into the third period, that broke a 2-2 tie, was a beauty as he sneaked behind the defense and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and got a piece of Victor Hedman's shot/pass from the high slot.

"The puck came out and Pavelec came out hard and I saw Marty at the side of the net," Hedman said. "I tried to shoot it there to get a tip."

"I felt I was getting a lot of looks and hit a couple of posts," said St. Louis, who has a team-best 19 goals. "But guys played well. We had a lot of zone time. I'm glad to finish the trip on a high note."

The Lightning took the lead 1:20 into the game on Filppula's 17th goal. After a sneaky pass from Teddy Purcell through the legs of a defender at the blue line, Filppula carried to the net, deked and turned defenseman Dustin Byfuglien inside out, then fired past Pavelec.

Winnipeg's Olli Jokinen tied it at 1 with 3:17 left in the first on a five-on-three power play caused when Lindback, trying to clear the puck during a penalty kill, fired it over the side boards.

The Jets took a 2-1 lead 4:45 into the second with another power-play goal as Byfuglien snuck a wrist shot past Lindback on the short side.

The Lightning, with 12 shots in the period, gave Pavelec no chance on Palat's goal with 4:23 left that tied it at 2.

Lightning 1 1 2 4
Jets 1 1 0 2


First1, Tampa Bay, Filppula 17 (Purcell, Killorn), 1:20. 2, Winnipeg, Jokinen 11 (Scheifele, Byfuglien), 16:43 (pp). PenaltiesMalone, TB, major (fighting), 5:06; Stuart, Wpg, major (fighting), 5:06; Filppula, TB (slashing), 16:17; Lindback, TB, served by Crombeen (delay of game), 16:30; Wheeler, Wpg (hooking), 17:34.

Second3, Winnipeg, Byfuglien 10 (Wheeler, Pavelec), 4:45 (pp). 4, Tampa Bay, Palat 8 (Kucherov, Killorn), 15:37. PenaltiesHedman, TB (hooking), 3:31; Crombeen, TB, major (fighting), 8:35; Thorburn, Wpg, major (fighting), 8:35; Ladd, Wpg (slashing), 10:17; Gudas, TB (roughing), 12:38; Wheeler, Wpg (cross-checking, roughing), 12:38.

Third5, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 18 (Hedman, Purcell), 8:39 (pp). 6, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 19 (Carle), 19:33 (en). PenaltiesBarberio, TB (holding), 1:48; Enstrom, Wpg (hooking), 5:22; Frolik, Wpg (boarding), 7:48; Hedman, TB (tripping), 15:27; Brewer, TB (roughing), 16:19; Cote, TB (roughing), 16:19; Byfuglien, Wpg, served by Jokinen (interference, roughing), 16:19; Kane, Wpg (roughing), 16:19; Brewer, TB, minor-major (cross-checking, fighting), 19:40; Kane, Wpg, major (fighting), 19:40. ShotsTampa Bay 5-12-16—33. Winnipeg 2-7-5—14. Power playsTampa Bay 1 of 6; Winnipeg 2 of 5. GoaliesTampa Bay, Lindback 4-8-1 (14 shots-12 saves). Winnipeg, Pavelec 11-18-4 (32-29). A15,004 (15,004). T3:05.

St. Louis scores twice as Lightning tops Jets 01/07/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:26am]
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