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.