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Third-period collapse dooms Jets

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Steven Stamkos's one-timer in overtime officially ended the playoff hopes of the Winnipeg Jets in Tampa tonight.

Stamkos beat Ondrej Pavelec for his league-leading 56th goal of the season 45 seconds into the extra period to give the Lightning a 3-2 win.

The Jets failed once again to win in the second half of a back-to-back situation after winning in overtime on Friday night in Carolina. They fell to 36-34-9, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention because of the loss and the Washington Capitals' shootout win over Montreal.

Ryan Malone's second goal of the night drew the Lightning even in the third period. The Lightning bombarded Pavelec in the third period, outshooting the Jets 21-7.

Malone banged in a rebound on the power play to make it 2-2. The Jets took three minor penalties in a 3 1/2 minute span, and eventually paid the price.

Goals in the second period by Antti Miettinen and Kyle Wellwood gave the Jets a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Miettinen drew the Jets even with the Lightning when he converted an Evander Kane pass from behind the net 6:20 into the second period.

A big Dustin Byfuglien shot led to a rebound right on the stick of Wellwood, who put it over goalie Sebasiten Caron to make it 2-1 midway through the period.

Ryan Malone was the lone goal scorer in the first period.

Malone chipped the puck into the Winnipeg zone, skated around defenceman Grant Clitsome and deked out goalie Ondrej Pavelec to his forehand at 15:37 of the first period.

Tanner Glass broke his foot in Friday night's win in Carolina and is out for the season. Chris Thorburn returned to the Jets lineup after missing time with a lower-body injury.

The Jets wrap up their road schedule when they visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and the New York Islanders on Thursday. The season finale goes a week from tonight at MTS Centre, when the Lightning visit Winnipeg.

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Ryan Malone's second goal of the night has drawn the Tampa Bay Lightning even with the Winnipeg Jets in the third period tonight.

Malone banged in a rebound on the power play to make it 2-2. The Jets took three minor penalties in a 3 1/2 minute span, and eventually paid the price.

Goals in the second period by Antti Miettinen and Kyle Wellwood gave the Jets a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Miettinen drew the Jets even with the Lightning when he converted an Evander Kane pass from behind the net 6:20 into the second period.

A big Dustin Byfuglien shot led to a rebound right on the stick of Wellwood, who put it over goalie Sebasiten Caron to make it 2-1 midway through the period.

Ryan Malone was the lone goal scorer in the first period.

Malone chipped the puck into the Winnipeg zone, skated around defenceman Grant Clitsome and deked out goalie Ondrej Pavelec to his forehand at 15:37 of the first period.

Tanner Glass broke his foot in Friday night's win in Carolina and is out for the season. Chris Thorburn returned to the Jets lineup after missing time with a lower-body injury.

The Jets wrap up their road schedule when they visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and the New York Islanders on Thursday. The season finale goes a week from tonight at MTS Centre, when the Lightning visit Winnipeg.

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Antti Miettinen has drawn the Winnipeg Jets even with the Tampa Bay Lightning in second-period action tonight.

Miettinen converted an Evander Kane pass from behind the net into the tying goal 6:20 into the second period.

Ryan Malone was the lone goal scorer in the first period.

Malone chipped the puck into the Winnipeg zone, skated around defenceman Grant Clitsome and deked out goalie Ondrej Pavelec to his forehand at 15:37 of the first period.

The Jets outshot the Lightning 12-7 in the opening period, but came away trailing.

Tanner Glass broke his foot in Friday night's win in Carolina and is out for the season. Chris Thorburn returned to the Jets lineup after missing time with a lower-body injury.

The Jets wrap up their road schedule when they visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and the New York Islanders on Thursday. The season finale goes a week from tonight at MTS Centre, when the Lightning visit Winnipeg.

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The second period is underway in Tampa. Ryan Malone gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead over the Winnipeg Jets late in the first period.

Malone chipped the puck into the Winnipeg zone, skated around defenceman Grant Clitsome and deked out goalie Ondrej Pavelec to his forehand at 15:37 of the first.

Tanner Glass broke his foot in Friday night's win in Carolina and is out for the season. Chris Thorburn returned to the Jets lineup after missing time with a lower-body injury.

The Jets wrap up their road schedule when they visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and the New York Islanders on Thursday. The season finale goes a week from tonight at MTS Centre, when the Lightning visit Winnipeg.

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TAMPA - The Winnipeg Jets have re-assigned Ben Maxwell to the St. John's IceCaps in order to make room for Chris Thorburn in the lineup.

Thorburn will skate for the Jets in tonight's match against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Maxwell was a healthy scratch in Friday's win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Winger Tanner Glass broke his foot in Friday's game and is done for the season but Thorburn will draw in for Glass.

Rookie Spencer Machacek, who has two goals and six assists in his current eight-game stint with the Jets, will stay in the lineup for Winnipeg.

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec will get the start for Winnipeg.

Linuep notes for the Lightning include the return of Vincent Lecavalier who has missed 19 games with an upper body injury.

The Jets enter the game with 80 points and trail the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals by six points each for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with four games on the schedule.

The Sabres face the Toronto Maple Leafs while the Caps are in Montreal for a game against the Canadiens.

Tonight's game can be seen on CBC and heard on TSN 1290.

History

Updated on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM CDT: Game update

7:12 PM: Game update

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8:27 PM: Tie game

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