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.
Lightning beats Jets
Tampa Bay Times | Feb 2