|Date of game: 1/15/2015
Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Edmonton
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Bishop made 30 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning did just enough to top the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, on Thursday.
Tampa Bay was outshot 32-19, but Ondrej Palat's two goals in the third period put the Lightning in front.
Steven Stamkos also lit the lamp for Tampa Bay to help end a two-game losing streak.
"I liked the ending," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "You want to make a habit of coming back, but you don't want to make a habit of being down."
The Oilers got a pair of goals from Benoit Pouliot, but could not tie the game late. Ben Scrivens made 16 saves on 19 shots as Edmonton fell for the 14th straight time on the road.
For the first time this season, the Lightning were able to erase a deficit entering the third period and win the game. Palat tied the game 1 1/2 minutes into the third when he was in the right place to bury a rebound off Nikita Kucherov's initial shot.
With eight minutes to go, Palat found the back of the net again. Nikita Nesterov won a puck battle along the boards to free the puck to Tyler Johnson. He made a behind-the-back pass to Palat stepping into the slot, and after he took a moment to shift the puck to his forehand, he wristed the puck by Scrivens for the game-winner.
Edmonton took a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal in the first period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins carried the puck out of danger and used his speed to skate around Anton Stralman to get a shot on goal. Bishop made the save, but Pouliot followed up to knock the loose puck into the net.
Stamkos evened the score after the Lightning killed a penalty. After exiting the box, Matt Carle received a pass on the blue line. His pass skipped over an Oilers stick to Stamkos, and he ripped a shot past Scrivens.
The Oilers missed chances to retake the lead. Nail Yakupov hit the goal post, and Bishop made a save on Derek Roy's weak shot coming on a 3-on-1 rush.
"We had some great scoring opportunities, especially in the second," said Oilers coach Todd Nelson. "We hit a couple posts and just didn't bury those chances. In the third, I think Tampa Bay cranked it up a notch."
Pouliot scored his second goal with a minute to go in the period, this time on the power play. The Lightning failed to clear the puck all the way down the ice, and Edmonton moved back in transition. Pouliot got behind the defense on Taylor Hall's pass, and after being denied on his first shot, Pouliot scored on another rebound.Game Notes
Tampa Bay entered 0-13-1 when trailing after two periods ... Pouliot has six
goals during a four-game goal streak ... Stamkos has five goals during a four-
game goal streak ... The Lightning have won six straight home games ...
Edmonton fell to 7-7-1 against Eastern Conference opponents ... Edmonton's
Boyd Gordon skated in his 600th NHL game.