NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Tampa Bay
(Wednesday, December 9th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Jeff Deslauriers stopped 32-of-34 shots and Zack Stortini picked up the deciding goal as Edmonton clipped Tampa Bay, 3-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner also tallied for the Oilers, who have won four in a row on their current six-game road swing.
"We weathered the early storm, we were pretty smart," Oilers head coach Pat Quinn said. "We got better as the game went on. I thought we carried a lot of the play tonight. Of course, [Deslauriers] made some big stops when he had to, toward the end of the game."
Martin St. Louis and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who slid to their sixth loss in seven games. Mike Smith took the loss after making 29 saves.
Stortini gave the visitors a 3-2 edge on a short-side score at 11:07 of the second period, and Deslauriers made sure the edge stood at intermission with eight saves.
The 25-year-old second-year netminder closed out the contest by turning away all 15 Lightning shots in the final 20 minutes.
St. Louis potted the game's first goal just 1:08 in with help via Vincent Lecavalier's dish from a 2-on-1 break, and Edmonton evened the contest on a high wrister from Gilbert with 8:39 left in the first.
Penner put the Oilers back on top by a goal 6 1/2 minutes into the second period before Hedman's sharp wrister inside the right post at 7:34 forged a 2-2 deadlock.
Edmonton has won two consecutive meetings after dropping the previous four, and picked up its first road win over Tampa Bay since a 3-2 decision on March 6, 2002...Both clubs next play on Friday, as the Oilers complete their trip in St. Louis and the Bolts begin a six-game sojourn in Denver.
12/10 01:47:45 ET