By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets lost their fourth-straight on Tuesday night at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 at the MTS Centre. Here are your Quick Hits from the game.
How it happened: The first period had more potency in terms of sleep-aids than those pills themselves. The Jets registered a whopping two shots on goal. Two. Ironically enough, the Jets scored on one of those shots, the game-trying goal after Tampa scored on their first shot of the game. Jokinen’s 11th goal of the season erased the Lightning lead on a goal from Valterri Fippula. Maybe the most exciting event of the first frame was Mark Stuart’s demolition of Ryan Malone in their very one-sided scrap not long after the game began.
The second period wasn’t much better in terms of excitement. In fact, goals were exchanged — one by Dustin Byfuglien for the Jets and one from Ondrej Palat for the Lightning — and there was another scrap. Chris Thorburn tangled with B.J. Crombeen, but more so Crombeen’s helmet, which took a pounding. Devin Setoguchi and Eric O’Dell both saw two seconds of ice-time in the second period. Yes, two. The Jets improved their shots on goal in the second with seven, three-and-a-half times their first period total. I know, I am reaching here.
The third was very reminiscent of the first, oh hell, and the second as well. The Jets got their first shot on goal after nine minutes gone. The Lightning took the lead on a Martin St. Louis goal after Michael Frolik found himself in the box for boarding. Pavelec let a nice rebound out right onto the stick of Victor Hedman at the point who played a slap pass to St. Louis who was the beneficiary of some poor defensive play by Dustin Byfuglien. St. Louis would add an empty-netter to make it 4-2.
The Jets winless streak continues, now at four games.
Shots: 33-14 Tampa Bay.
What it means: It means that the Jets have lost four in a row for the first time this season, and their first home loss in three games.
Jets player of the game: Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist, both power play points. But really, he was on the ice for all five goals, sporting a solid minus-two on the night. To be honest, there wasn’t much going on here.
Jets stat of the game: Two shots on goal in the first period for the Jets. Eric O’Dell and Devin Setoguchi combined for a total of four seconds on the ice in the second period. O’Dell, to his credit, was a perfect two-for-two from the faceoff dot in his 2:18 of ice time through two periods. Both Jets’ goals came on the power play.
What is next for the Jets: The Jets don’t play again until Saturday when they will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Hockey Night in Canada and will be looking for their first win in four games.