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Wellwood's OT goal lifts Jets over Lightning

Feb 3, 2012 - 6:53 AM
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Kyle Wellwood netted the winner at 3:14 of overtime to give Winnipeg a 2-1 decision over Tampa Bay.

Blake Wheeler escaped a Bolts checker along the left-wing boards, moved to the net and slipped a pass across to Wellwood, who lifted the puck into the top half of the net to end the contest.

"I was just trying to circle around and see what was going on with the play," said Wellwood. "Blake made a great pass and my first instinct was to shoot it."

Wheeler added a score for the Jets, who have won two in a row following a week-long respite for the All-Star break.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 30-of-31 shots for the victory.

Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, whose five-game win streak came to an end. Mathieu Garon took the loss despite making 22 saves.

"It's obviously very disappointing not getting two points," said Hedman. "We have to bear down because we have some big games coming up over the next couple of weeks."

Wheeler provided the game's first tally with 16 seconds remaining in the second period, sliding home the rebound of a Jim Slater shot from the right side.

Hedman tied the score with 9:26 left in regulation, when he snaked through a pair of Winnipeg defensemen and beat Pavelec from the left wing.

Pavelec stopped six shots and Garon stopped seven in the first period.

Game Notes

Winnipeg has won two of three over Tampa Bay this season, after the Bolts had taken 11 matchups in a row from November of 2009 until the end of last year...The Jets welcomed back forward Alex Burmistrov after a 10-day absence while recovering from an upper-body injury, and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien saw his first action since December 23 thanks to a lower-body issue.