Hedman, Sergachev Return To Lineup In Loss
Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, and Bryan Little scored and Michael Hutchinson made 23 saves as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. The win improves the Jets to 30-13-8 on the year and 18-3-1 at home.
Matthew Peca scored the lone goal for the Bolts and Louis Domingue made 34 saves. The loss drops the Lightning’s record to 34-13-3 and ends their three game win streak. They also had their four game win streak in Winnipeg come to an end.
It was Peca’s first goal of the season in his fourth game since returning to the Lightning and just his second career goal. He scored his first career goal last January 3rd in Tampa against the Jets. Brayden Point and Jake Dotchin each picked up an assist on Peca’s goal.
Victor Hedman returned to the ice for the Lightning after missing the last five games with a lower body injury. He logged a team leading 25-minutes of ice-time. “He’s our best defenseman and we probably had to play him more minutes than we planned for because [Dan] Girardi went out in the first period.” said Coach Jon Cooper. “We basically played the whole first period with five defenseman. But he’s missed three weeks, so it will take a little time to get back in the game. For missing that long he was a big part of our team, he was fine tonight.”
The Lightning were 0-for-4 on the power play. “It was probably a little indicative of how our whole game was going.” Cooper said. “When were playing the team five-on-five game, usually the power play follows suit, but we weren’t on it.”
Mikhail Sergachev also returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games. “He tried to compete,” said Cooper. “Our game wasn’t dictated by what our back end was doing, it was dictated by what our forwards was doing.”
Up Next For Lightning:
The Lightning are 3-2-0 on their season long eight game road trip which continues Thursday night in Calgary where they take on the Flames. Puck drop is at 9:00 pm EST. Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was given the night off after a busy All-Star weekend, to get the start in net.