Bishop Exits Game With Injury, Bolts Down 3-1 After 1st Period

Tampa Bay Lightning Trail Edmonton Oilers 3-1 At First Intermission

Goalie Ben Bishop had to leave the game after allowing a goal to Jordan Eberle at the 4:18 mark. The severity of the injury is unknown but he has been replaced by Anders Lindback.

The Tampa Bay Lightning went on the power play 0:52 seconds into the game when Justin Schultz was sent off for delay of game. The power play unit took advantage of the opportunity at the 2:43 mark when Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the year with assists to Matt Carle (16) and Radko Gudas (9).

The Oilers quickly tied the game at the 4:18 mark when Jordan Eberle scored his 13th goal of the season with assists to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (21) and Taylor Hall (25).

Shortly after tying the game the Oilers went on their first power play when Alex Killorn was sent off on a double minor for high sticking. The Oilers took advantage and scored at the 6:09 mark when Eberle scored his 2nd goal of the game and 14th on the season with assists to Sam Gagner ( 10) and Ryan Smyth (9).

The Oilers gained a 3-1 advantage at the 15:42 mark when Luke Gazdic scored his second goal on the season with assist to  Justin Schultz (12) and Ryan Jones (3).

The Numbers:

When Bolts are trailing after 1 period they are 1-6-1 while the Oilers record when leading after 1 period is 7-3-1.

The Bolts are 16-1-1 when scoring first.

Shots On Goal:

Edmonton outshot the Bolts 12 to 4 in the first period.

Special Teams:

The Tampa Bay Lighting penalty kill ranks 21st at 16.1% (23 goals in 143 attempts) while the Oilers rank 20th at 17.1% (27 goals in 158 attempts).

Tampa Bay Lightning penalty kill unit rankst 12th at 82.9% (24 goals in 140 attempts) while the Oilers ranks 17th at 81.7% (28 goals in 153 attempts).

The Lightning had their first power play opportunity at the 0:52 second mark and Nikita Kucherov scored his 6th goal on the season.

The Oilers went on their first power play at the 4:39 mark and Jordan Eberle scored at the 6:09 mark.

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