On what must have been an emotional, roller-coaster day, Marty St. Louis ended it in the most fitting way possible. St. Louis had the winning goal in the third period and added the empty-netter with 26 seconds left to seal a 4-2 victory against Winnipeg on Tuesday, hours after he was left off the Canadian Olympic roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning ended a four-game road trip through Western Canada with six out of eight points. Defenseman Victor Hedman, a surprise to be left off the Swedish Olympic roster, set up the winner for St. Louis. Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Tampa Bay. Anders Lindback stopped 12 shots for the victory. “I felt I was getting a lot of looks ... and the guys played well,” St. Louis said. “It was a big win for Lindy, and I’m just glad to finish the trip on a high note.” Dustin Byfulgien had a goal and an assist, while Olli Jokinen also scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec kept the Jets in the game with 29 saves. It didn’t take long for the Lightning to strike when Filppula, earlier in the day named to the Finnish Olympic team, took a pass from Teddy Purcell before putting an inside-out move to get around Byfuglien and firing a wrist shot past Pavelec 1:20 into the game on Tampa Bay’s first shot of the night. The Lightning defensive play was grounding the Jets’ offensive attack throughout most of the first period, limiting Winnipeg to one shot on goal through the opening 16 minutes. But with Filppula in the penalty box for slashing, Lindback flipped a puck over the glass to put his team down two players for a span of 1:47. Just 13 seconds into the man advantage, the Jets tied the game when Byfuglien fanned on a one-timer attempt, allowing the puck to trickle down low to Mark Scheiffele, who found Jokinen across the crease for an open net at 16:43 on Winnipeg’s second shot of the period.
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