Evander Kane foresees the Winnipeg Jets to have a bright future after their impressive performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The stars of the show were Tim Stapleton, Kane and Dustin Byfuglien as each of them scored and had an assist in Jet’s 5-2 victory over Lightning.
“It was the most complete game we’ve played,” said Kane. “We need to be able to model that and be consistent with that type of game.”
Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis tried to make a bold reply for Tampa Bay (8-7-2), but weren’t able to score although they did get a couple of opportunities on six power plays. Apart from them, there were few players on the squad that could leave the arena satisfied with their performance.
“We felt it was a good opportunity for us at home against a tough team to really get back on track and play the game that we need to play,” Ladd said. “I thought for the most part we did that tonight.”
Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had his game face on as he blocked 30 shots on goal. He played a massive role in helping the Jets to their 3rd victory this season. “It was a game we needed,” Pavelec said. “Our biggest problem is being able to stay out of the (penalty) box.
“But we did a great job tonight. We know that if we just stick with the plan and if we’re going to play all 60 minutes … we can beat everybody and that’s what we showed tonight.”
Mathieu Garon came on for Dwayne Roloson in the middle of the game after Rolson gave up a 4th goal. Roloson had to face 22 shots on target. Tampa Bay’s coach, Guy Boucher Tampa chose to blame his team rather than luck for the bad performance. He told media that he believed everyone made their own luck, therefore had their team placed enough shots accurately, they would have scored more.
However, Boucher did praise a couple of plays from his team. The Winnipeg Jets are ranked 22nd in the league in penalty and 20th with the man advantage before they headed in to the game.
Jets exploited their first power play to take a 3-0 lead early in the game. Tampa Bay never recovered from that, therefore the Jets continued to dominate the proceedings. Flood’s shot from the high slot to score drew first blood when the puck deflected touching Rolson’s pad at 7:49 of the second period.
The Lightning counter attacked just three minutes later after St. Louis scored a goal that went through keepers pad of the goal tender. Winnipeg were at 4-1 in less in a span of 2 minutes when Johnny Oduya’s shot bounced into the net. The 5th goal was scored by Ladd at 12:14 which forced Garon to stand in the net.