WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 23: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal during their NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on February 23, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Most people probably went to sleep after the second period when the score was 4-0 Winnipeg. And, really, who could blame them? The Lightning looked tired - and they played tired.
That all changed in the third period, particularly after Steven Stamkos scored a power play goal about halfway through the period. The comeback was on, at that point. Both Teddy Purcell and Martin St. Louis scored with less than a minute left in the game - Stamkos assisted on both goals - but it just wasn't meant to happen.
And, really, this game sort of sums up the Lightning's season. They struggled through the first few months, but have played very well recently, despite additional adversity. But in the end, it looks like it might not be enough to make playoffs.
One other note: New guy Tim Wallace was not with the team, but was expected to join the Lightning in Pittsburgh.
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