Winnipeg Pulls back into first place with win over visiting lightning
The Winnipeg Jets have improved to 23-9-4 on the season thanks to a 4-2 home win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening.
For the 26th-straight game, the Jets allowed three or less goals, this time it was just two against for Connor Hellebuyck - the NHL's reigning third star of the month.
It could have been one, but a late-game power play marker from Nikita Kucherov gave Tampa its second goal of the night, coming with just 38 seconds left.
As a matter of fact, the Bolts' goals came over fifty minutes apart, as it was Steven Stamkos who opened the scoring, before Winnipeg fired four-straight into Tampa's net.
Alex Iafallo and Neal Pionk scored second period markers, before Nikolaj Ehlers got the winner with little under five minutes left to play. Morgan Barron added an empty-netter as time wound down.
Hellebuyck finished the night with 32 saves on the 34 pucks fired his way, one-upping Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made just 24 saves on the night.
The extended photo library from Tuesday's game vs. Tampa Bay is courtesy of Scott Stroh:
Neal Pionk on upcoming Dads Trip:
"I think we have 30 coaches coming with us so there will be a lot of X's and O's. They should put up a white board in the suite and see which dad grabs it first. Drawing up plays it will be fun."
On the biggest difference between the Moms Trips and Dads Trips:
"Well when you lose and your mom's there it's 'it's ok honey, it's going to be alright' and when you lose, you know your dad has an idea of how to fix it right? No, it'll be fun. I'm looking forward to it, I did a dads trip in New York and the moms trip a few years ago in Winnipeg, we're excited for it."
The Winnipeg Jets now set out on the road for a three-game road trip through California and Arizona. Making things more fun is the fact that the players will be bringing their dads along as part of the team's travelling party. The games will take place on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with the first two matches featuring late start times.