Oilers 3, Lightning 2

Zack Stortini did a little bit of everything and helped the

Edmonton Oilers win again away from home.

Stortini scored his third goal of the season, added his fourth

assist and had two fights as the Oilers beat the Tampa Bay

Lightning 3-2 on Wednesday night.

“It was an eventful night,” Stortini said. “That’s something

that’s part of my game. Obviously getting on the forecheck quickly,

putting pucks in the net, playing the body, fighting. These are the

skills that I bring to the game, I think.”

Stortini won a battle behind the net for the puck, moved toward

the slot and scored to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead at 11:07 of the

second period. He fought Zenon Konopka late in the first and again

during the second.

“He just gives you what he’s got every night and that doesn’t

vary a whole lot,” Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. “He’s got three

goals and two of them came in one game, so that’s a bonus for


Stortini had two goals and a fight during the first period of a

6-1 win over Nashville on Oct. 12. Wednesday’s goal stopped a

personal 25-game goal drought.

Edmonton also got goals from Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner. The

Oilers have won four straight on the road for the first time since

Nov. 14 to Dec. 8, 2005.

“I think realistically we had to do this to get back in the

picture,” Edmonton captain Ethan Moreau said. “This trip, if it

went the other way, could define our season. We didn’t want that to


The Oilers complete a six-game road trip Friday at St.


Martin St. Louis and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who

have lost six of seven. Left wing Ryan Malone (lower body) and

center Steven Stamkos (upper body), Tampa Bay’s top two goal

scorers this season, left with injuries.

Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet didn’t know how long Stamkos and

Malone might be sidelined.

“Some guys are going to get opportunities,” Tocchet said.

“They’re going to get their shot. It’s put up or shut up


After the Oilers went ahead 2-1 on Penner’s goal at 6:31 of the

second, Hedman got the equalizer 63 seconds later.

St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 from the right circle off a

pass through the slot by Vincent Lecavalier during a 2-on-1 at 1:08

of the first. St. Louis had no goals in his previous nine


“I thought the effort was there,” St. Louis said. “It’s one

of those games, you fall short and you’re disappointed because you

felt that you played it pretty hard.”

Lecavalier and St. Louis were among Tampa Bay’s top players that

were benched for a large part of the third period in Monday’s 3-0

loss to Washington.

“Pretty high intensity game,” Lecavalier said. “Obviously,

you’re missing Stamkos and Malone, it definitely hurts your


Gilbert tied it with 8:39 left in the first. It was his second

goal this season and first in 14 games.

NOTES: Stamkos (17) and Malone (16) have combined for 33 goals.

… Edmonton D Denis Grebeshkov (knee) missed his 12th straight

game but could return soon. … The Lightning play their next six

games on the road. … The Oilers assigned D Dean Arsene to

Springfield of the AHL.