NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Edmonton
(Thursday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - John Grahame stopped 26 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning won in Edmonton for the first time in just over five years with a 3-2 triumph over the Oilers at Rexall Place.
Pavel Kubina, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards each found the net for Tampa Bay, which snapped a three-game losing streak (0-1-0-2). The Lightning hadn't won in Edmonton since December 4, 1998.
Tommy Salo stopped 19 shots for the Oilers, who had a three-game home winning streak halted. Brad Isbister and Radek Dvorak each tallied a goal and an assist in defeat.
Down 1-0 after Isbister's goal just 29 seconds into the game, the Lightning exploded for three unanswered tallies to take a commanding 3-1 lead.
"It's always nice when the team scores right after they (Oilers) do. Their goal was sort of a broken play and the shot went up high. But it wasn't a factor in the outcome of the game. We have guys who can score and they came through," Grahame said.
Tampa Bay got the equalizer when Kubina lit the lamp 4:08 into the first off a feed from Martin St. Louis. From the right wing point St. Louis slipped a pass to Kubina at the left point. Kubina muscled his way toward the net and backhanded a shot that beat Salo to the stick side.
Lecavalier's tally, off a feed from Dan Boyle at the 10:21 mark of the second, gave the Lightning the lead for good. Boyle carried the puck over the Oilers' blue line along the left wing and lost control. The puck sailed to Lecavalier, who was positioned just inside the right circle and backhanded a shot past Salo for his 14th goal.
Richards scored on a wrist shot from just inside the point for a two-goal advantage late in the second. Tampa used an odd-man rush at the Oilers' blue line to score its final tally of the game. Chris Dingman hit Richards with a pass to the right wing and Richard's ripped a wrist shot that beat Salo high on the stick side.
Edmonton, which fell to 1-19-5 when trailing after two periods, made it a one- goal game midway through the third.
Dvorak scored his eighth on a one-timer from the right circle, beating Grahame glove-side.
The Oilers peppered the net with shots down the stretch, but Grahame was a stone wall and captured every shot cleanly, never allowing the Oilers a second crack at the rebound.
Edmonton tallied the game's first goal off the stick of Isbister on the first shot of the game. Dvorak picked up the puck along the boards down the left wing side and raced around the back of the Tampa Bay net with a defenseman in tow and laid a gorgeous backhand pass into the slot.
A streaking Isbister, who was trailing on the play, fired a one-timer over Grahame's shoulder for the 1-0 lead.
"We got away from our game early, sure we had a good first shift with the early goal but after that we went away from our game. But, you saw what happened in the third when we got back to the game plan. It was just too little too late", Isbister said.
Salo had a home shutout streak end at 125 minutes and 33 seconds...Both teams scored on their first shot on goal...Kubina's goal was his first in 22 games, while Richards scored for the first time in 23 games...St. Louis' 26 assists leads Tampa Bay...Dvorak's goal was his first in 14 games...Tampa Bay is 16-1-1 when leading after two periods.
01/23 00:33:29 ET