“It was the most complete game we’ve played,” Kane said. “We need to be able to model that and be consistent with that type of game.”
“We felt it was a good opportunity for us at home against a tough team to really get back on track and play the game that we need to play,” Ladd said. “I thought for the most part we did that tonight.”
“It was a game we needed,” Pavelec said. “Our biggest problem is being able to stay out of the (penalty) box.
“But we did a great job tonight. We know that if we just stick with the plan and if we’re going to play all 60 minutes … we can beat everybody and that’s what we showed tonight.”
Winnipeg outshot Tampa Bay 39-32.
Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher didn’t blame bad luck for his team’s lack of scoring with the man advantage.
“I don’t believe in luck. You make your luck,” Boucher said. “We hit the post. You shoot two inches inside and that’s not a post, it’s accuracy. And I think (Pavelec) made some major key saves on our power play.”
In the second of six games between the clubs this season—Tampa Bay won the first—Winnipeg jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Kane and Byfuglien.
The Jets outshot the Lightning 16-11 in the period, while the Lightning had the only two power plays and couldn’t beat Pavelec.
The Jets went into the game ranked 22nd in the NHL in penalty killing and 20th with the man advantage.
Winnipeg used its first power play of the game to make it 3-0 when Flood’s shot from the high slot when through Roloson’s pads at 7:49 of the second.
The Lightning got on the board 3 minutes later when St. Louis scored with a close shot that went through Pavelec’s pads.
Ladd’s fifth goal of the season at 12:14 chased Roloson.
Tampa Bay had a two-man advantage for 1:17 late in the second, but the Jets managed to carry their 4-1 lead into the final period.
The teams traded goals 22 seconds apart in the third, with Stapleton scoring his second of the season at 10:04 and Stamkos notching his 11th.
Notes: The loss ended a streak of 12 straight wins by the Lightning over the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, which had been the NHL’s longest active streak by one team against a single opponent. … During the Jets’ five-game losing streak they were 2 for 20 on the power play.