Bolts Lose Ben Bishop, Fall To Oilers 5-3
Tampa Bay Lighting Fall To Edmonton Oilers 5-3
The Tampa Bay Lightning's (25-13-4) five game road win streak came to an end as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers (14-26-5) by a final score of 5-3. More importantly they have lost goalie Ben Bishop to what the team has called an upper body injury.
Early in the game he made a save and it appeared that his stick got caught in the ice. After Jordan Eberle scored at the 4:18 mark Bishop headed to the bench to be examined by the trainer who appeared to be looking at his hand. The Lightning have said that Bishop will undergo additional testing in Winnipeg tomorrow.
The Bolts worked hard in the second period to overcome a 3-1 deficit and tie the game at 3-3 but the Oilers regained a two goal advantage in the third period that the Lightning were unable to come back from.
The Oilers Boyd Gordon scored his seventh goal of the season to put the Oilers up 4-3 at the 8:20 and a little over two minutes later Taylor Hall gave the Oilers the two goal cushion at 5-3 with his 16th goal on the season.
After taking an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Nikita Kucherov at the 2:43 mark the Oilers responded with three unanswered goals and the Lightning entered the second period down 3-1.The Oilers received two goals by Jordan Erberle (13th and 14th) and a goal by Luke Gazdik (2). The Lightning goal by Kucherov extends his goal streak to three consecutive games.
After being outshot by the Oilers in the first period the Bolts turned up the intensity outshooting Edmonton 12-8 and scoring two goals to tie the game. Victor Hedman cut the Oilers lead to 3-2 with his eighth goal of the season and Valtteri Filppula tied the game with his 16th goal of the season..
In his eighth game since returning from injury Hedman has now recorded two goals and five assists. Ondrej Palat recorded an assist on Hedman's goal to extend his consecutive games point streak to six games. In that span he has two goals and five assists tying the longest NHL point streak by a rookie this season with Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Lightning travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Tuesday night at 8:00 in the last of their four game Western Canada swing.
Nikita Kucherov Goal:
Victor Hedman Goal:
Valtteri Filppula Goal: