Saturday's loss to Winnipeg on Saturday will go down as a case of too little too late for the Lightning.
The Bolts scored twice in the final three minutes of the game but a Winnipeg empty net goal sandwiched in between ended up serving as the game-winner in a 4-3 Lightning defeat.
The key sequence on Saturday came midway through the second period with game tied at one. Jack Roslovic scored to give Winnipeg the lead but the Bolts felt there should have been a whistle before the goal was scored. After the refs determined the call on the ice would stand, the Jets quickly doubled their lead 21 seconds later on a Nikolaj Ehlers goal on the ensuing delay of game penalty.
Down by two for most of the game, the Lightning launched a comeback late in the third with Steven Stamkos scoring the 400th goal of his career with less than three minutes to play.
Video: WPG@TBL: Stamkos nets 400th career NHL goal
After Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg into an empty net, Anthony Cirelli pulled the Lightning back within one with 22 seconds to play.
An icing call against the Jets gave the Bolts a chance to tie the game late but Tampa Bay couldn't get anything set up in the final few seconds.
The Bolts did do a good job of creating looks offensively but ran into a few bad breaks and solid defending from the Jets. Although the Lightning outshot the Jets 34-27, Winnipeg consistently clogged the shooting lanes and ended up with 15 blocks.
Stamkos extended his personal point streak to five games. Kucherov and Victor Hedman both extended their own streaks to four games as well.
The loss snaps the Lightning's three-game winning streak. Tampa Bay now heads out on the road for a two-game trip that begins on Tuesday night against the defending Stanley Cup Champs in St. Louis.
WPG | 1:59 Mathieu Perreault (5) - Josh Morrissey, Tucker Poolman
TBL | 19:11 Victor Hedman (4) - Steven Stamkos
WPG | 7:18 Jack Roslovic (4) - Andrew Copp, Blake Wheeler
WPG | 7:39 Nikolaj Ehlers (9) - Kyle Connor - PPG
TBL | 17:44 Steven Stamkos (7) - Victor Hedman, Anthony Cirelli
WPG | 18:32 Kyle Connor (7) - Blake Wheeler, Luca Sbisa - EN
TBL | 19:38 Anthony Cirelli (2) - Nikita Kucherov, Ryan McDonagh