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.