Hellebuyck Lifts Jets over Lightning; Stamkos Gets 400th Goal

TAMPA, Fla. — Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves and the Winnipeg Jets overcame Steven Stamkos’ 400th goal to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 Friday night.

The 29-year-old Stamkos is the ninth active player and 98th overall to reach the milestone.

Mathieu Perreault, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jack Roslovic and Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, which is on a 6-1-1 roll. The Jets are 9-1-1 this season in one-goal games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 23 saves. Victor Hedman got his fourth of the season for Tampa Bay, which ended a season-best three-game winning streak. Anthony Cirelli also scored.

Tampa Bay Lightning Victor HedmanTampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jason Behnken)

Perreault opened the scoring 1:59 into the game, tipping a long-range shot from the left point by Josh Morrissey. Tampa Bay answered with 48.6 seconds left when Hedman pounced on a loose puck in the crease.

The Jets struck twice in the span of 21 seconds in the second period, thanks to some help from Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

After Roslovic put Winnipeg in front 2-1 with his fourth of the season at the 7:18 mark, Cooper issued a challenge believing the puck was knocked down by Ehlers with a high stick 18 seconds before the goal that would have resulted in a stoppage of play. The play was reviewed and the goal stood, which resulted in a delay of game penalty on Tampa Bay.

On the ensuing power play, Ehlers found space at the bottom of the right circle and snapped a wrist shot to the short side over Vasilevskiy’s glove at 7:39. Tampa Bay had successfully killed off 17 consecutive power plays prior to the goal.

Nikolaj EhlersWinnipeg Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers and the Jets bench (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Stamkos pulled the Lightning within a goal on a one-timer with 2:16 left in the third period before Connor added an empty-net goal with 1:28 left. Cirelli scored with 21.9 seconds remaining.

NOTES

Winnipeg C Bryan Little missed his fifth consecutive game since being struck by a puck near his ear during a game on Nov. 6, his seventh game back since missing the start of the season with a concussion. … Tampa Bay has allowed the opening goal 11 times in 17 games. … Lightning D Braydon Coburn was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game. … Steven Stamkos has points five consecutive games. … Ehlers has seven goals in nine career games against Tampa Bay.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Jets: At Nashville on Tuesday night.

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Erik Erlendsson, The Associated Press

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