The grueling schedule to open the 2010 preseason finally caught up with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After earning two wins in as many nights prior to Thursday’s exhibition contest against Edmonton, the Lightning fell to the Oilers, 5-2, at Rexall Place in just the second preseason meeting between the two clubs.
The win marked Edmonton’s second consecutive victory in as many games.
Randy Jones scored in the first period for the Bolts, marking his first goal as a member of the Lightning, and Carter Ashton notched his team-leading second tally on the power play after also finding the back of the net with the man advantage on Wednesday against Chicago.
Edmonton scored three times on the power play, receiving goals with the man advantage from Andrew Cogliano, Magnus Paajarvi and first overall draft pick Taylor Hall. Paajarvi led all skaters on both teams with four points, including an even strength goal as well as an additional tally shorthanded.
Jones made it 1-0 early in the opening period after taking a perfect pass from Teddy Purcell and roofing a shot above the glove of Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
Hall, selected by Edmonton with the first overall pick in this summer’s draft, nearly knotted the score less than a minute later, but his shot deflected off the post.
Paajarvi capitalized where Hall previously fell short, slipping one through traffic and past net minder Dan Ellis to even the score at one before Cogliano doubled the lead with the man advantage just before the first intermission at 18:34.
Paajarvi notched his second of night on the power play, putting Edmonton up 3-1 after firing a slap shot past Ellis at 6:50 of the middle frame.
Niklas Persson came close to closing the gap to one, but the Lightning forward missed the net after firing a backhand wide of the net as he finished a breakaway scoring chance.
Edmonton returned the favor at the other end, albeit successful, as Hall scored his first NHL goal into an open net on the power play.
Paajarvi completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal from the right circle at 9:52 to make it 5-1.
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