Edmonton Oilers strike Lightning for 5th straight win
The Edmonton Oilers extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-3 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night at Rogers Place.
Ryan McLeod tipped in Vincent Desharnais’ point shot to get the scoring started 6:13 into the first.
Tempers flared late in the first when Patrick Maroon took down Connor McDavid, setting off a scrum in the corner to the right of the Lightning net. Leon Draisaitl scored on the ensuing power play.
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Still in the first, tempers flared again after Nikita Kucherov drilled Evander Kane in front of the Lightning bench.
Linesman Travis Toomey appeared to suffer a cut to his left hand on the play and went quickly off the ice for treatment. As the period ended, Darnell Nurse and Corey Perry engaged in fisticuffs.
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There was another fight at the start of the second with Klim Kostin squaring off with Maroon. Brandon Hagel got the Bolts to the board 1:30 in second.
Zach Hyman provided a quick reply, banking a bad angle shot in off Andrei Vasilevsky. Steven Stamkos fired in a one-timer with a delayed penalty coming to the Oilers.
Brayden point tied it 3-3 with 7:33 left in the second.
McDavid put the Oilers back in front 2:10 into the third, cutting in from the right side and forcing the puck behind Vasilevsky. Jack Campbell made a nifty glove save on Kucherov about a minute later. Hyman scored into an empty net with 2:12 left.
During the game, it was announced that Draisaitl and Stuart Skinner were selected for the NHL All-Star Weekend through a fan vote. McDavid had previously been selected. The Florida Panthers host the All-Star Game on Feb. 4.
The Oilers, 26-18-3, will visit the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
The 630 CHED Face-off Show begins at 6:30 p.m., game starts at 8 p.m.
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