July 14th, 2024

Steven Stamkos scores 4 goals, Lightning end Oilers’ winning streak at 8 with 7-4 victory

By The Associated Press on December 14, 2023.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Steven Stamkos scored four goals, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 53 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Edmonton 7-4 on Thursday night to end the Oilers’ winning streak at eight.

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two assists to push his NHL-leading points total to 50. Tyler Motte and Anthony Cirelli also scored to help Tampa Bay improve to 14-12-5 with its fourth victory in six games.

Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton. The Oilers fell to 13-13-1, falling a victory short of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history.

Tampa Bay got off to a quick start with a power-play goal 1:07 into the opening period when Nick Paul won a battle in front of the net and sent it over to Stamkos, who fired a snapshot past Stuart Skinner. It was Stamkos’ 200th career power-play goal, making him the 20th player in NHL history to hit the benchmark.

The Lightning extended the lead seven minutes into the first when Motte picked up a loose puck in front and swatted home a backhand shot for his first goal of the season.

The Oilers got on the board with a short-handed goal 1:23 into the second period when Nugent-Hopkins sprung Nurse, who used his body as a shield before chipping it past Vasilevskiy.

Edmonton tied it on a power play 7:20 into the second when McDavid won a draw and golfed the loose puck into the net for his 11th, extending his points streak to 11 games.

The Oilers surged ahead with another power-play marker midway through the second, with Hyman ticking Evan Bouchard’s shot for his 17th.

Bouchard stretched his points streak to 13 games, the second-longest by a defenseman in franchise history behind only current assistant coach Paul Coffey.

The Lightning pulled back at 6:48 of the third , with Stamkos batting a rebound out of the air and bouncing it past Skinner.

Tampa Bay regained the lead with seven minutes to play when Kucherov battled hard to get a shot off and beat Skinner for his 20th of the season.

Skinner looked bad on another goal just 1:15 later as he waved a glove at Stamkos’ shot that went off the post and in for his 12th NHL hat trick.

Edmonton made it interesting with 2:22 left and Skinner pulled when Bouchard found Nugent-Hopkins at the side of the net for his seventh.

Tampa Bay put it away with a pair of empty-netters, first from Cirelli and then with Stamkos’ fourth goal of the game and 14th of the campaign.

UP NEXT

Lightning: At Calgary on Saturday night.

Oilers: Host Florida on Saturday night.

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