Conacher has 2 goals as Lightning beat Jets 8-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning continued their high-scoring ways.
Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist to lead the Lightning past the Winnipeg Jets 8-3 on Friday night.
"We've got a lot of guys hungry for goals," Conacher said.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone and Benoit Pouliot. Stamkos and Lecavalier both added two assists.
The Lightning, 6-1-0 this season, have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games.
"You just try to ride the wave," Stamkos said. "You know it probably can't last forever. But whether it's an individual streak or team streak, you just try to ride the confidence that each individual brings game in and game out. It's enjoyable, it's fun to come to the rink when you're winning and playing well."
Tobias Enstrom, Paul Postma and Andrew Ladd scored third-period goals for Winnipeg, which has lost three in a row. The Jets were coming off a 6-3 loss at Florida on Thursday night in which the Panthers scored five third-period goals.
"Sometimes you've got to hit rock bottom or whatever to figure out that you've had enough of this stuff," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "Our job is to find solutions to these things, and for me, I know how our team can play and that's what we have to get back to doing."
Conacher, Stamkos and Lecavalier all had first-period man-advantage goals as the Lightning, who started play with the NHL's fifth-best power play, grabbed a 3-0 lead. Winnipeg entered with the league's worst penalty-kill unit.
Stamkos has five goals and 14 points during a season-opening seven-game point streak.
Conacher put the Lightning up 1-0 when he deflected Matt Carle's blue-line shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec 7:57 into the game. The rookie center (5 goals, 12 points) has at least one point in six of seven games this year.
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