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St. Louis lifts Lightning to 4-2 win over Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - For a guy who had just played a key role in winning a hockey game Tuesday night, Martin St. Louis was still not a very happy fellow.

It was understandable perhaps, after the veteran forward was passed over by his own general manager for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

''I'm happy we got the win,'' St. Louis said after his two third-period goals lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, their fourth loss in a row. ''For Team Canada, you guys can imagine how I feel. Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed and I'll just leave it at that.''

St. Louis scored the tiebreaking goal in the third and added an empty-netter in a penalty-filled game. Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning, who won for the sixth time in seven road games.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper was pleased at the way his whole team responded after a tough day when only Steven Stamkos from the Lightning was selected to Canada's Olympic team.

''The guys still found a way to come into a hostile environment here - this is a tough place to play on the road - and I thought we just played an outstanding road game,'' he said.

Olli Jokinen and Dustin Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg, and goalie Ondrej Pavelec had an assist.

''Certainly for us this is probably the worst we've played,'' Jets coach Claude Noel said. ''It was an empty game. We got very little production in any facet of the game. I don't have the answers.''

The Jets were outshot 33-14 but still went into the third tied at 2. They scored two power-play goals and had managed to kill off four of the chances they handed Tampa Bay until St. Louis tipped in Victor Hedman's point shot at 8:39 on a fifth power play.

St. Louis received a rare round of applause for an opposing player from the sellout crowd.

Tampa Bay got off to a quick start.

Filppula deked past Byfuglien in front of the Winnipeg net and fired one past Pavelec at 1:20 with the first shot of the game for the Lightning.

But the Jets capitalized on a 5-on-3 later in the first period. Mark Scheifele fed a pass across the Tampa Bay crease and Jokinen popped it behind backup goalie Anders Lindback before he could recover.

A slashing penalty to Filppula and a delay of game on Lindback set up the scoring opportunity.

''It would be hard to pick anybody who was good in the game,'' Noel said.

Pavelec agreed.

''It was embarrassing,'' he said. ''The way we played, we can't expect to be a success, that's for sure.''

He said the Jets managed to stay in the game but got what they deserved.

''I don't think we showed up tonight,'' he added.

The Jets managed only two shots in the first period to Tampa Bay's five and were outshot 12-7 in the second as well.

Byfuglien still put them ahead on another power play early in the period, snapping one past Lindback on the short side off a drop pass from Blake Wheeler.

Things got chippier as the period progressed and tempers flared. Tampa Bay had a couple of power-play chances but managed only one shot on both combined.

Shortly after the last, however, Palat tied things up on a pass from Nikita Kucherov after a breakaway by Alex Killorn at 15:37.

Frustration boiled over again late in the third and gloves and sticks littered the ice after a clash around the Tampa Bay net that led to four players getting sent to the box. The game essentially ended with a fight between Evander Kane and Eric Brewer.

NOTES: Tampa Bay's five-game road winning streak was snapped Sunday by Edmonton. ... Pavelec picked up his assist on Byfuglien's goal. ... The Jets won the previous four meetings, including Dec. 7 in overtime. The club is 7-3-2 against the Lightning since moving to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011.

The Associated Press News Service

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