WINNIPEG - Steven Stamkos notched his 60th of the season to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a short-lived two-goal lead early in the third period.
Stamkos received a standing ovation from the fans at the MTS Centre for his accomplishment.
Teddy Purcell was the big scorer on the night, netting three including the game-winner in overtime.
His goal was followed by a slick move from Jim Slater as the Jets closed the gap to 3-2 with 15 minutes left in the third. Slater scored again with less than a minute left in the third to tie it at 3-3.
The Jets trailed the Lightning 2-1 after two periods in what will be the finale for both teams this year.
Tampa jumped to a 2-0 lead on two goals by Teddy Purcell, the first as he rifled home a shot over Ondrej Pavelec’s shoulder after Vincent Lecavalier cleanly won a face-off in the Jet end. The second came just 1:12 into the second period when he slipped in behind Dustin Byfuglien to tap home a crossing pass.
The Jets narrowed the gap to 2-1 when Nik Antropov took a perfect backhand feed from Antti Miettinen to beat Tampa’s Dwayne Roloson.
Prior to the game the Jets announced the winners of three team awards:
-Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy: Mark Stuart.
Awarded to the Jets player who ‘who embodies perseverance, dedication and hard work without reward or recognition, so that his team and teammates might succeed.’
-The Staffmax Staffing & Recruiting Community Service Award: Jim Slater.
-The McDiarmid Lumber Three Stars Award: Ondrej Pavelec.