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Ben Bishop makes 32 saves, Lightning defeat Jets

Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point each has goal, assist

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist, and Ben Bishop made 32 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Saturday.

Brian Boyle scored for the Lightning (25-24-7), who have won three of their past four games.

 

WATCH: All Lightning vs. Jets highlights

 

It was Point's second goal in as many nights after he scored the tying goal in a 2-1 shootout loss at the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

"We've been playing well for a while now, the past two weeks maybe," said Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin, who set up Point's goal with a strong individual effort. "We're happy with our defensive play. Offense hasn't been there that much, but again I think we started off capitalizing on our chances. But it definitely feels good having three of four points (from the back-to-back)."

Jacob Trouba scored for the Jets (25-29-4), who lost their fourth straight game, fifth in a row at home. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves in his second start in two nights; he allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Winnipeg has allowed three or more goals in each of its past 15 games.

"Our season is on the line," Jets forward Mathieu Perreault said. "We have to come out with energy. I don't know what's happening. We're going to have to find a way with the boys all together and figure ourselves out."

Video: TBL@WPG: Boyle deflects Hedman's one-timer into twine

Point tapped in a nifty backhand pass from Drouin from behind the net to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 12:05 of the first period. Drouin stole the puck from Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler and worked his way around the zone before making a quick pass to Point in front.

"Picked Wheeler off there," Drouin said. "He came back at me, [Mark] Scheifele came. I just went wide with speed, and [Point] set at the net and the goalie kind of shifted the other way off the post, and [Point] just tapped it in."

Boyle made it 2-0 at 17:02 of the first when he tipped Hedman's point shot past Hellebuyck.

Palat beat Hellebuyck with a wrist shot to the short side to make it 3-0 at 2:11 of the second period.

"We were playing from behind, and that makes it tough," Wheeler said. "This league's too good, especially playing against this team. I think they were in the Eastern Conference [Final] last year. They know what they're doing. They're starting to build some momentum and gain some confidence. It's that time of year. Playing from behind against teams like that makes it really difficult."

Trouba scored to make it 3-1 at 11:15 of the third period, ending Bishop's bid for his second straight shutout. Dustin Byfuglien passed to Trouba moving in alone to Bishop's left, and Trouba's wrist shot went high to the short side.

Hedman scored into an empty net from center ice with 26 seconds remaining to make it 4-1.

Jets defenseman Toby Enstom left in the first period with a lower-body injury. There was no update after the game.

Video: TBL@WPG: Trouba lifts puck over Bishop in close

 

Goal of the game

Palat received a pass from Point just inside the Jets blue line and beat Hellebuyck with a quick shot high over his blocker.

Video: TBL@WPG: Palat picks the corner to finish quick rush

 

Save of the game

Bishop gloved a backhand by Nikolaj Ehlers with 5:12 left in the third period after the Jets forward got around Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman for a partial breakaway.

Video: TBL@WPG: Bishop makes an athletic glove save

 

Highlight of the game

After hitting Scheifele on the end boards and stealing the puck from Wheeler in the left faceoff circle, Drouin skated along the right wall, went behind the Winnipeg net, and sent a no-look backhand pass to Point on the right post to set up Tampa Bay's first goal.

Video: TBL@WPG: Point finishes Drouin's great no-look feed

 

Unsung performance of the game

Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn had two shots on goal, two hits and three blocked shots in 19:19.

 

They said it

"You know what I was more impressed with was the way [Jonathan Drouin] started. It was the backcheck. He was working back, and that's how you get rewarded. And once he gets the puck in the offensive zone and he's got a little time and space, he can do some magical things, and that was a heck of a play." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Drouin's assist on Brayden Point's goal

 

"I'm not up here selling the young problem, as young as we were, [with] three pretty good players out of their lineup. We just aren't capable, or weren't capable, tonight of driving harder than we were. I ran the bench hard last night chasing the game at 2-1. Most of our guys who played over 20 minutes looked like it." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

 

Need to know

Drouin has two goals and two assists in his past four games. ... Point has four goals in six games since returning from an upper-body injury. … The Jets have allowed 79 goals in their past 21 games, most in the NHL since Dec. 29.

 

What's next

Lightning: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SUN, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

 

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