Lightning 8, Jets 3

- February 1st, 2013

TAMPA BAY — It was not a good night for the Winnipeg Jets, which was the theme of the week.

They had a chance to win in Montreal on Tuesday night but couldn’t seal the deal. They had a chance to win in Florida on Thursday night but couldn’t seal the deal.

They had no chance on Friday night against the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning, who scored three power-play goals in the first period and cruised to victory. As a result the Jets are 3-4-1 but will now play five of their next six games at home.

A few post-game thoughts …

• It was almost laughable the way the Jets took penalties in the first period, especially after their third-period meltdown on Thursday night against the Panthers. The Lightning made them pay, of course, but they also had two 5-on-3 advantages. That’s making it way too easy for Steven Stamkos and Co.

• The Jets have lost three games in a row in regulation time, which ties their longest such streak since they moved to Winnipeg. Three times last season they lost three in a row.

• Head coach Claude Noel mentioned how upset everyone on the bench was after Blake Wheeler got interfered with by Victor Hedman late in the first. It ended with Evander Kane taking an unsportsmanlike penalty while sitting on the bench. Noel didn’t seem overly concerned, but he should be. He needs to be in better control of the bench and the team’s emotions. Kane was just stepping out of the penalty box when the Lightning scored their fourth goal early in the second.

• I asked Noel after the game how much the Jets are missing Zach Bogosian when it comes to penalty killing, but he said he didn’t want to talk about someone who wasn’t playing. It’s quite clear they’re missing him on the PK. The unknown is just how much they’re missing him.

• The Jets say they just have to stop taking penalties. The way they’ve taken them the last two games, it’s much easier said than done.

• The coaching staff can’t be happy with Ondrej Pavelec. After two outstanding periods on Thursday night, he struggled in the third and was then yanked a few minutes into the second on Friday night. The Jets actually out-shot the Lightning 29-25 — and lost 8-3.

• The Jets don’t play again until Tuesday, at home against the Panthers, so Noel is looking forward to a couple days of practice to get things back on track. It probably can’t get much worse than Friday night. At least, he better hope not.

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