Early in the period, Ales Hemsky made a nice move to get around Lightning defender Victor Hedman to spring himself on a breakaway. He used his speed to create some separation but his shot on goal was denied by Tampa Bay starting goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Linus Omark, playing on a line with Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff, narrowly missed a chance to take the lead for Edmonton. Smyth fed the puck across the slot to Omark who had the open net but the puck skipped over his stick.
Moments later, Smyth had a chance in the slot putting an Omark rebound on net but Roloson made the stop.
Edmonton had a 8-0 lead on the shot clock which held until about 12 minutes into the frame when the Bolts got their first shot on goal. Khabibulin actually had to be sharp in stopping a flurry of three shots for the Lightning.
Ryan Smyth took a high sticking penalty at the 16:34 mark to put the Lightning on the game's first man advantage but the Oilers were able to kill it off without allowing a shot on goal.
Shots after one period were 15 to 7 in favour of Edmonton.
Steven Stamkos got a breakaway early in the second period. He tried to deke but Khabibulin was equal to the task in kicking out the puck for the save.
Moments later, Jordan Eberle broke in alone for the Oilers but Keith Aulie slid over to break up the play before Eberle could get a shot on goal.
With Smyth in the penalty box for the second time, Tampa Bay struck for the game's first goal. Hedman spun around before dishing the puck over to Tom Pyatt who chipped the puck by Khabibulin to make it 1-0.
A penalty to Tampa Bay's Brendan Mikkelson put the Oilers on the power play for the first time but the weren't able to accomplish anything approaching dangerous during the two-minute allottment.