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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

First Period
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.
Second Period
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.
Third Period
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.
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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.



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.

Paul Wiecek

Paul Wiecek
Reporter (retired)

Paul Wiecek was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and delivered the Free Press -- 53 papers, Machray Avenue, between Main and Salter Streets -- long before he was first hired as a Free Press reporter in 1989.