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Oilers diffuse Lightning 3-2, win fourth straight

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers diffuse Lightning 3-2, win fourth straight
Edmonton Oilers 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Despite surrendering the first goal of the game to the Lightning, the Oilers rode Zack Stortini's Gordie Howe hat trick to their fourth straight road win. The successful comeback also marked Edmonton's third straight come-from-behind victory.

Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner scored Edmonton's first two goals, while Jeff Deslauriers made 32 saves for the win.

FIRST PERIOD

Only a minute into the game, the Lightning struck. On a two-on-one, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis beat Sheldon Souray and then goalie Jeff Deslauriers to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, the Oilers got the chance to tie things up when Andrej Meszaros took a hooking minor, but the man-advantage lasted less than a minute thanks to Sam Gagner's holding penalty.

The powerplays were unsuccessful, but Edmonton soon matched Tampa Bay's shot total and then got a goal of their own during five-on-five. Although Robert Nilsson and Zack Stortini missed the net on both their shots, defenceman Tom Gilbert cut in and wristed the puck past goalie Mike smith to tie the game 1-1 at 11:21.

Late in the period, the teams added some brawling to the scoring when Stortini and Zenon Konopka dropped their gloves in the Oilers zone. Both players held their own in the battle and then split to serve their fighting majors.

After 20 minutes, the Oilers were up 11 shots to 10 but remained tied with the Lightning 1-1.

SECOND PERIOD

3:15 into the middle frame, fans were treated to another fight, this time between Ryan Stone and Steve Downie. Both players landed punches in the old-school scrap, but the Oilers came out on top thanks to Downie's initial tripping minor.

Although the second visiting powerplay failed to yield a go-ahead goal, the Oilers found what they were looking for shortly thereafter. With help from Sam Gagner and Gilbert Brule, Dustin Penner beat Smith with a wrister to make it 2-1 Edmonton.

But the lead wouldn't last long. Only one minute later, St. Louis dropped the puck for Victor Hedman and the first-rounder tucked it under Deslauriers' crossbar to renew the tied game.

The back-an-forth game continued, thanks to a Gordie Howe hat trick. With a fight and assist already on his resume, Stortini added a goal and another fight to his tally, putting Edmonton back on top to close out the period.

THIRD PERIOD

The Oilers came out strong in the third, firing four shots and coming within inches of increasing their lead, but Smith made his 25th stop of the game to keep his club within one.

Back-to-back visiting penalties, including a controversial roughing minor to Stortini, gave the Lightning a four-minute man-advantage, but the home team couldn't capitalize on their two attempts.

With three minutes left in regulation, the teams had both posted 30 shots but the Oilers maintained a slim one-goal lead.

The Lightning pulled Smith in the final two minutes, but Deslauriers withstood the assault to snag his team's third come-from-behind 3-2 win and stretch their winning streak to four games.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:08
TBL
Martin St. Louis (6) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (19), Ryan Malone (11)
1 - 0 TBL
11:21
EDM
Tom Gilbert (2) ASST: Robert Nilsson (6), Zack Stortini (4)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
06:31
EDM
Dustin Penner (17) ASST: Sam Gagner (12), Gilbert Brule (11)
2 - 1 EDM
07:34
TBL
Victor Hedman (2) ASST: Martin St. Louis (26)
2 - 2 Tie
11:07
EDM
Zack Stortini (3) ASST: Ryan Stone (5)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:59
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
05:36
EDM
Sam Gagner  Holding against  Paul Szczechura
17:38
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
17:38
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
2nd Period
03:15
EDM
Ryan Stone  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
03:15
TBL
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Stone
03:15
TBL
Steve Downie  Tripping against  Steve Staios
14:53
EDM
Ryan Stone  Roughing against  Steve Downie
14:53
TBL
Steve Downie  Roughing against  Ryan Stone
14:53
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
14:53
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
14:53
TBL
Victor Hedman  Hooking against  Ryan Stone
15:28
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
3rd Period
03:28
EDM
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  Steve Downie
05:24
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Slashing against  Steve Downie
13:54
TBL
Zenon Konopka  Holding the stick against  Steve Staios
goalie stats
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 34TOI: 59:55
Saves: 32EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .941SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
5-7-5
SA: 32TOI: 58:49
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0