|TBL||2||0||1||0||0 (0 - 2)||3|
|EDM||1||2||0||0||1 (2 - 3)||4|
A return to form helped Steven Stamkos make sure the Tampa Bay Lightning left Rexall Place with at least a point on Friday night.
In his longest stretch without a goal since February of last season, Stamkos snapped a six-game goal-scoring drought by recording the game-tying goal with just under nine minutes to play in regulation to force overtime before falling 4-3 to the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout.
The loss was just the fifth in the Lightning’s last 12 games, but one the team could be proud of following a hard-fought effort in which it overcame a late deficit for the second consecutive game.
Stamkos brought the score to 3-3 at 11:33 in the third, lifting a shot into the top left corner of the net to counter Tom Gilbert’s second-period power-play goal which broke a 2-2 tie and gave Edmonton its first lead of the game at 16:30.
The Lightning defense then did its part in support of Dan Ellis, allowing Edmonton just one shot on goal in the final period to force the extra session and ensure the team its 34th point, coming one shy of tying a franchise-best through 29 games this season.
Ellis turned back 20 of 23 shots on the night, but allowed two goals in the tiebreaker including the game-winner in the first round to Jordan Eberle.
Magnus Paajarvi and Taylor Hall each had goals in regulation for the Oilers, and former Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves for Edmonton, who has won five of the last six games.
Tampa Bay held a 41-23 shot advantage, and outnumbered the Oilers 21-14 in scoring chances.
Randy Jones and Ryan Malone also scored for the Lightning, who lost their third straight game on the road after earning victories in four of the previous five away from home. Martin St. Louis added an assist, as he passed Vincent Lecavalier on the all-time franchise list with his 420th career helper in a Tampa Bay uniform.
Edmonton, just 3-9-2 when trailing after the first period this season, climbed back from a one-goal deficit with a pair of second-period power-play goals after Malone snapped Tampa Bay’s own dormant power play streak by banging home a rebound with the man advantage to make it 2-1 at 17:48 in the first. The Lightning winger has goals in three straight games and five on the power play in his last eight.
Tampa Bay had gone just 1-for-16 on the power play in its last five games on the road, but took advantage of Edmonton’s 30th ranked home penalty kill at a lowly 72.5 percent efficiency rate.
Jones opened up the scoring with his first goal as a member of the Lightning when he was credited with a tip-in at 5:03.
“It’s a relief,” Jones said of scoring his first goal of the season. “It’s always good to get the first one and I just hope to get a few more here soon.”
Paajarvi tied it with a blast from the above the left circle six minutes later. The Oilers forward took a pass from Dustin Penner before winding up and firing a slap shot above Ellis’ left shoulder.
Malone re-established Tampa Bay’s one-goal lead, but Hall evened the score for a second time to open the middle frame after lifting a puck beneath the crossbar following a scramble out in front.
“We had our fair share of opportunities, but we just needed to keep sticking to the game plan,” Lightning forward Dominic Moore said.
Stamkos sent the contest into overtime following Gilbert’s goal with the man advantage at 16:30 in the second.
|Randy Jones (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 TBL
|Magnus Paajarvi (3) Slapshot - ASST: Dustin Penner (9), Andrew Cogliano (5)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Ryan Malone (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (14), Mattias Ohlund (3)|
2 - 1 TBL
|PPG - Taylor Hall (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan O'Marra (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Tom Gilbert (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Linus Omark (1), Magnus Paajarvi (9)|
3 - 2 EDM
|Steven Stamkos (22) Snap shot - ASST: Martin St. Louis (24), Pavel Kubina (7)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||J. Eberle||M. Pouliot||1 - 0|
|2||T. Hall||S. Stamkos||1 - 0|
|3||L. Omark||2 - 0|
|Colin Fraser Holding the stick against Marc-Antoine Pouliot|
|Ryan Malone Tripping against Jordan Eberle|
|Theo Peckham Interference against Martin St. Louis|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Ryan Malone Interference against Andrew Cogliano|
|Kurtis Foster Hi-sticking against Dominic Moore|
|Pavel Kubina Fighting (maj) against Linus Omark|
|Dustin Penner Fighting (maj) against Pavel Kubina|
|Pavel Kubina Boarding against Linus Omark|
|Gilbert Brule Too many men/ice - bench|
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