Oilers struck down by streaking Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a season-high six-game winning streak. Next up — their Stanley Cup Final opponents, the Chicago Blackhawks, who have won 12 in a row for a franchise record. Brian Boyle scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal in the third period to lead the Lightning over the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 on Tuesday night. The Lightning will host Chicago Thursday night in the Blackhawks’ first game in Tampa since beating the Lightning in last season’s final.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have a season-high six-game winning streak. Next up — their Stanley Cup Final opponents, the Chicago Blackhawks, who have won 12 in a row for a franchise record.

Brian Boyle scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal in the third period to lead the Lightning over the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 on Tuesday night. The Lightning will host Chicago Thursday night in the Blackhawks’ first game in Tampa since beating the Lightning in last season’s final.

“We turned the page on last year,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “But the storyline is going to read, the Stanley Cup Finals a year later. Eighteen wins between the two. So, somebody’s streak is going on.”

The Blackhawks downed Nashville 4-1 Tuesday night to set the new team victory streak record.

“They’re probably the best team in the NHL right now,” Palat said. “It’s going to be tough. I think we’ve got to play better than today against them.”

The Lightning also got goals from Nikita Nesterov, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Vladislav Namestnikov and Alex Killorn. Zack Kassian, Mark Letestu, Leon Draisaitl and Iiro Pakarinen scored for Edmonton.

“We’re not going to win many games giving up six,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “I thought some of our grinders did their thing tonight. I wasn’t overly impressed with a lot of our skilled players.”

The Oilers said centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, hurt blocking a shot in Monday’s 4-2 win at Florida, will miss six to eight weeks with a hand injury. Edmonton right wing Nail Yakupov needed help skating off the ice 5 minutes into Tuesday’s game, but returned later in the period.

Boyle gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead when he beat goalie Anders Nilsson to the puck and scored from the left circle at 7:42 of the third. Killorn added an empty-netter.

“We beat ourselves,” Letestu said. “Tonight we gave easy offence.”

After Draisailt scored during a two-on-one breakaway at 2:10 of the third, Pakarinen got Edmonton even at 4 when he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy from the right circle 2:19 later.

Namestnikov extended the Lightning lead to 4-2 at 17:12 of the second when he reached from the behind net with his stick and knocked in the puck after Palat’s left circle shot went high into the air off Nilsson and behind the goalie.

Palat gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead at 6:09 of the second. Namestnikov set up the goal with a backhand pass while falling to the ice.

Kucherov put the Lightning up 2-1 with 3:03 to go in the first on his 19th goal this season that extended his point streak to six games.

Letestu made it 2-2 on a short-handed goal with 33.3 seconds left in the first.

After Nesterov opened the scoring at 3:57 of the first, Kassian tied it just 88 seconds later.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had an eventful game, getting two assists and making an errant pass that lead to the first Edmonton goal. He got a tripping penalty midway through the second for kicking the leg of Kassian

Just Posted

Break-in at Red Deer business

Social media reports confirm a business break and enter in Red Deer… Continue reading

‘Rough waters’: Spill raises new questions about fast-growing N.L. oil industry

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand… Continue reading

Trudeau rules out snap election call, national ballot slated for Oct. 21

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early… Continue reading

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North America

YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest… Continue reading

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Baloo the cat is back at home after being mistakenly shipped to Montreal

HALIFAX — Much to the relief of his loving family, Baloo the… Continue reading

‘It’s what we do’: Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an… Continue reading

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit blames media coverage for recruiting troubles

MONTREAL — Seven years after it was created, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is… Continue reading

Former PQ cabinet minister poised to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

MONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois… Continue reading

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media… Continue reading

Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman’s fiance

DENVER — An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman… Continue reading

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

WASHINGTON — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was… Continue reading

Tkachuk’s goal in 3rd gives Flames 2-1 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through… Continue reading

Most Read