Free Press ★★★
★ Martin St. Louis, Lightning: St. Louis had something to prove Tuesday night after he was left off Canada’s Olympic team earlier in the day — and then he proved it, scoring the game-winner at 8:39 of the third period and then adding the insurance marker with just 26 seconds to play.
★★ Valtteri Filppula, Lightning: Filppula staked the Lightning to an early 1-0 lead, undressing Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and then beating goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a wrist shot just 1:20 into the first period.
★★★ Mark Scheifele, Jets: The Winnipeg rookie continued his recent stellar play last night, wiring a perfect goalmouth pass onto the stick of Olli Jokinen for Winnipeg’s first goal at 16:43 of the first period.
Lightning 4 at Jets 2
1. Tampa Bay, Filppula 17 (Purcell, Killorn) 1:20.
2. Winnipeg, Jokinen 11 (Scheifele, Byfuglien) 16:43 (pp).
Penalties -- Stuart Wpg (fighting) 5:06, Malone TB (fighting) 5:06, Filppula TB (slashing) 16:17, Lindback TB (delay of game) 16:30, Wheeler Wpg (hooking) 17:34.
3. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 10 (Wheeler, Pavelec) 4:45 (pp).
4. Tampa Bay, Palat 8 (Kucherov, Killorn) 15:37.
Penalties -- Hedman TB (hooking) 3:31, Thorburn Wpg (fighting) 8:35, Crombeen TB (fighting) 8:35, Ladd Wpg (slashing) 10:17, Wheeler Wpg (roughing) 12:38, Gudas TB (roughing) 12:38, Wheeler Wpg (cross-checking) 12:38.
5. Tampa Bay, St. Louis 18 (Hedman, Purcell) 8:39 (pp).
6. Tampa Bay, St. Louis 19 (Carle) 19:33 (en).
Penalties -- Barberio TB (holding) 1:48, Enstrom Wpg (hooking) 5:22, Frolik Wpg (boarding) 7:48, Hedman TB (tripping) 15:27, Byfuglien Wpg (roughing) 16:19, Brewer TB (roughing) 16:19, Cote TB (roughing) 16:19, Kane Wpg (roughing) 16:19, Byfuglien Wpg (interference) 16:19, Kane Wpg (fighting) 19:40, Brewer TB (fighting) 19:40, Brewer TB (cross-checking) 19:40.
Referees -- Marc Joannette, Dave Lewis. Linesmen -- Steve Barton, Derek Nansen.
Attendance -- 15,004.
KARLSSON, WEBER, KRUG... AND BYFUGLIEN?
With his 10th goal of the season last night -- and fourth in his last seven games -- Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was tied for the NHL lead in goals by a defencemen with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, Boston's Torey Krug and Nashville's Shea Weber.
Alas, Byfuglien was at his very best and very worst Tuesday night -- scoring a goal and an assist, but also getting undressed on two Tampa Bay rushes that led directly to Lightning goals and standing idly by for Tampa's game-winner in the third period.
A NEW LOW:
With Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay, the Jets are now pointless in their last four games -- the club's longest points drought of the 2013-14 season.
Winnipeg also went three games without a point on two other occasions this season, but they ended the points drought in the fourth game both previous times.