Winnipeg Jets Defeat First Place Tampa Bay Lightning in Overtime

December 16, 2018 by Doug Hirdle
Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets scores during the third period against Tampa’s Ben Bishop Sunday night in Tampa.

It came down to overtime, but for a second night in a row, the Winnipeg Jets scored in overtime to earn a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and once again, it was Mark Scheifele who scored the winning goal.

Last night’s win over the Lightning was the third back-to-back victory for the Winnipeg Jets and places them in a tie for in the Western Conference for second place. It was another successful night for who Mark Scheifele, who scored game winning goals in Winnipeg’s last two games, and one that oddsmakers took notice. This is especially important for bettors wanting NHL action, and with Canadian favourite Spin Palace Sports offering up to $200 in bonuses, it is the perfect condition for punters.

Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien each had a pair of assists. Scheifele scored one goal and earned two assists, while Mathieu Perreault and Brandon Tanev each scored one and Nikolaj Ehlers had two goals and an assist. Earning assists were Nikolaj Ehlers, Dustin Byfuglien, Patrik Lane, Adam Lowry, John Morrissey, Tyler Myers and Blake Wheeler.

The Lightning also had a productive night, and it came down to the wire after the Lightning and Jets went back and forth in goals. Steven Stamkos scored one goal and earned an assist, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov each scored one goal. Earning assists was Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point, Mikhail Sergachev and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Connor Hellebuyck has 42 saves for the night, while Andrei Vasilevskiy had 37.


Tampa Bay came into the game last night on an eight game winning streak and took the lead late in the first period while on a power play. The Jets responded four minutes into the second period before taking the lead 2-1 at the midway point of the second.

Steven Stamkos needed less than 60 seconds to tie the game 2-2 after a devastating slap shot outside the zone that Hellebuyck was unable to stop. As the second period wound down, Tyler Johnson put Tampa Bay up 3-2. However, the Jets were having none of it and responded to tie the game 3-3 with 40 seconds remaining in the second period.

Tampa managed to take the lead at the 7 minute mark of the third after Stamkos sent an open Kucherov. The back and forth action continued as the Jets went on the offensive scoring with 5 minutes left in the third to tie the game, and the eventual forcing to go into overtime. As the Jets and the Lightning hit the ice for overtime, and it looking like the two were headed for a shootout, Mark Scheifele scored the winning goal with 42 seconds remaining to give Winnipeg a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Winnipeg Jets next hit the road for a three-game road trip with their their stop being Los Angeles on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Tampa Bay will continue on their four game road trip stopping at Vancouver to take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Doug Hirdle

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