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Jonathan Drouin shines as Lightning jolt Jets

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:00:52 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4E Sports) - Rookie Jonathan Drouin scored his first NHL goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning used a three-goal second period to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, Friday at MTS Centre.

Aside from Drouin, Vladislav Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat also scored in the second period as the Lightning (5-2-1) clinched a second straight victory.

Ben Bishop made 40 saves, captain Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season, Nikita Kucherov had three assists and Tyler Johnson two for Tampa Bay.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored his team-leading sixth goal in the first period, and joined Drouin in scoring a second-period goal. Nikita Kucherov had three assists and Tyler Johnson two for Tampa Bay.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 14 of 18 shots that he faced in two periods while Michael Hutchinson made nine saves in the third period for the Jets (2-5-0).

Bryan Little's second-period goal snapped the Jets' season-opening 0-for-22 slump on the power play, Blake Wheeler had a third-period goal and Toby Enstrom had two assists for Winnipeg.

The top line of Stamkos, Drouin and Valtteri Filppula combined for a 1-0 Lightning lead 4:41 into the game. Stamkos finished off a 2-on-1 rush off a backhand pass from Drouin.

Drouin made it 2-0 when he took Kucherov's behind-the-net pass and drilled a one-timer past Pavelec at 4:45 of the second period.

Enstrom's pass set up Little's fourth goal 48 seconds later, pulling the Jets to within a goal, but the Lightning restored a two-goal lead when Namestnikov tipped Palat's right-circle shot past Pavelec at 12:52 of the second period.

Wheeler's goal with 9:41 left in the third made it 4-2.

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