Powered by a two-goal performance from forward Nate Thompson, the Lightning snapped a 5-game losing streak and found themselves tied for second place in the Southeast Division with the Winnipeg Jets.
Both teams sit six points behind the Carolina Hurricanes, who will miss goalie Cam Ward for an extended period due to a sprained knee ligament he suffered on Sunday. Ward’s injury tightens up the division race, as the ’Canes are sure to struggle without their star goalie.
That made the Lightning’s 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Monday night even more vital. Despite their recent poor play, with more than half the