WINNIPEG - Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in NHL exhibition action in Winnipeg on Wednesday night.
Tampa is 2-0 in the pre-season after a Tuesday win against Dallas, while Chicago was playing its first game.
Steven Stamkos, Blair Jones and Winnipeg-born forward Carter Ashton also scored for the Lightning in front of a crowd of 14,092 at MTS Centre.
The Lightning had a 1-0 lead after the first period, although it took them a while to strike.
Gagne got things going when he shot the puck toward the net from the corner as Stamkos was coming around the back of the goal. Stamkos swatted at the puck and it went past veteran netminder Marty Turco at 17:57 of the first period.
Chicago evened it up 49 seconds in the second period as Sharp went in on Tampa goalie Cedrick Desjardins and flipped the puck over him.
Ashton gave Tampa the lead on the power play when he got his own rebound and put it by Hannu Toivonen, who replaced Turco midway through the second.
The Lightning widened the gap 3-1 on Gagne's goal at 1:03 of the third period, but Toews answered back 33 seconds later.
Jones capped the scoring at 14:12 of the third period.
Chicago outshot Tampa 33-29. The Lightning were 1/7 on the power play and the Hawks 0-6.
Tampa heads to Edmonton for a match on Thursday, while Chicago travels to Detroit for a game Friday.
Notes: Scratches for Chicago included forwards Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane and defencemen Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell ... Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith was also born in Winnipeg.