Bolts hang on to beat Winnipeg 6-5 in shootout

Posted at 10:44 PM, Feb 18, 2016

Steven Stamkos scored in the fifth round of the shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 on Thursday night.

The Lightning won the shootout 2-1.

Tampa Bay got regulation goals from Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov.

Andrew Ladd had two goals for the Jets, who trailed 4-1 early in the third. Tyler Myers, Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault had the other Winnipeg goals.

Winnipeg's Bryan Little was hurt late in the second period and needed assistance off the ice before heading to the locker room. It appeared Hedman made contact in the neutral zone with Little, who looked like he lost his balance and lowered his head before getting hit by Anton Stralman.

There was no other information immediately available about Little, who didn't return.

Blake Wheeler went after Stralman and was given 4 minutes for roughing. Stralman got a 2-minute roughing penalty.

It was announced at the start of the third period that Jets coach Paul Maurice, who had a heated discussion with officials after the Little play, had been given a game misconduct. A minor penalty to the Winnipeg bench was assessed in the second period.

Killorn gave Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead early in the third before the Jets beat Andrei Vasilevskiy four times to take a 5-4 lead. Ladd scored twice and Scheifele had a goal before Perreault put Winnipeg ahead at 14:40.

Kucherov pulled the Lightning even at 5 just 24 seconds later,

After a lackluster opening 15 minutes of a first period in which they were outshot 13-7, the Lightning scored three late goals by Hedman, Marchessault and Stamkos against Ondrej Pavelec for a 3-0 lead.

It was Stamkos' 23rd goal this season and 299th in his career.

Myers' first goal in 18 games cut the Jets' deficit to 3-1 in the second.

Both goalies made a number strong saves in a wild overtime period.

NOTES: Stamkos has 26 goals and 44 points in 32 games against the Atlanta-Winnipeg franchise ... Winnipeg D Mark Stuart missed his second straight game with an upper body injury. ... Tampa Bay C Vladislav Namestnikov sat out for the second consecutive game due to an upper body injury.