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Jets top Lightning

Nov 15, 2011 - 6:30 AM
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Evander Kane, Tim Stapleton and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg took a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay.

The win snapped a 12-game losing streak that Winnipeg had suffered at the hands of Tampa Bay, winning for the first time since October 3, 2009 when the franchise was located in Atlanta.

Andrew Ladd and Mark Flood each scored for the Jets, who snapped a five-game slide. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30 shots for the win.

"Probably one of our better team games that I have seen us play. We were excellent from the goalie on out," Jets head coach Claude Noel said.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist while Martin St. Louis also scored for the Lightning, who have dropped their past two. Dwayne Roloson was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 22 shots while Mathieu Garon stopped 16-of-17 in relief.

Winnipeg scored just 4:51 into the game when Kane's snap shot from the slot found the back of the net.

A turnover in the Tampa end saw Kane get the puck and send it to the right point for Byfuglien, who let loose with a cannon shot that beat Roloson cleanly with 6:58 to play in the first.

It was 3-0 just under eight minutes into the second. With Winnipeg on the power play, Flood unleashed a slap shot from the high slot that made its way through traffic in front for his third goal of the year.

St. Louis got Tampa on the board less than three minutes later as his wrister from the low right circle snuck into the net.

Ladd, though, got the goal back a little over a minute later when he tipped in a Johnny Oduya shot from the right side.

Stapleton's second goal of the year halfway through the third gave Winnipeg a 5-1 lead while Stamkos scored moments later to account for the final score.

"Once we were down a couple we started making some plays and with some urgency," Stamkos said.

Game Notes

Winnipeg hosts Washington on Thursday...Tampa hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday...Winnipeg was 1-for-1 on the power play while Tampa was 0-for-6.