Lightning win 9th straight, top Oilers 3-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yanni Gourde scored a short-handed goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 29 saves to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to their ninth straight victory, 3-1 over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay also won its 10th in a row at home.

Vasilevskiy improved to 18-0-2 in his past 20 starts. Pat Maroon and Cedric Paquette also scored for the Lightning, who won despite playing without top two scorers Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

''Injuries are tough, but everybody has them,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ''It's part of the game, so you can't cry foul or say why us - everybody gets hurt. It's tough that we've had some pretty big names go down for us, but it doesn't look like, hopefully, it won't be long.''

Caleb Jones scored for Edmonton, which played its second consecutive game without Connor McDavid, who is out 2-to-3 weeks with a thigh injury. Mike Smith finished with 34 saves for the Oilers, who lost for the fourth time in regulation in the past 16 games. ''We had lots of compete in our game,'' Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. ''We had some chances there that were kind of around it, but didn't capitalize on it. Mistakes end up being the dictator of the game and we came out on the short end.''

Gourde, who ended a 35-game drought on Tuesday, scored the winner on a short-handed breakaway at 13:01 of the second period, beating Smith with a backhander over the shoulder.

''I don't think, I just go,'' said Gourde, who scored his fourth career short-handed goal. ''When I picked up the puck, I thought (Smith) had a good gap on me and the bottom of the ice was closed, so I was surprised the puck went that high.''

Maroon opened up the scoring at 4:39 of the second period with his seventh goal of the season. After a shot from the right point by Luke Schenn deflected off Cameron Gaunce to behind the goal line, Maroon quickly found the loose puck and stuffed it between the near post and Smith's left pad. The assist for Gaunce was his first NHL point since March 24, 2017, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Edmonton pulled even at 9:36 when Jones cut down the slot and after his initial shot was blocked, picked up the rebound and fired a shot to the top corner for his third goal of the season.

Paquette scored into an empty net with 55.1 seconds left.

Edmonton forward Zach Kassian could be facing a hearing from the league after he kicked Tampa Bay defenseman Erik Cernak in the chest during the first period. It happened during an incident inside the Oilers blue line when Josh Archibald, Kassian and Cernak were tied up down on the ice. Kassian was suspended two games last month for an aggressor penalty involving Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk.

''He was holding my leg, it was reactionary. I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off me,'' Kassian said. ''I was just trying to get my foot loose.''

NOTES: Stamkos missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury, though he took part in the team's morning skate. ... Vasilevskiy recorded his 7,000th career save in the first period. ... Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson and Edmonton RW Kailer Yamamoto both hail from Spokane, Washington, where they train together in the summer. Thursday was the first time they've met in an NHL game.

UP NEXT

Oilers: at Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Lightning: host Philadelphia on Saturday.

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123T
EDM30-21-6
0101
TB38-15-5
0213
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Archibald RW00000/0011:553
E. Bear D00100/0022:101
M. Benning D00000/0014:413
C. Cave C00-122/7009:122
A. Chiasson RW00-120/0014:131
L. Draisaitl C01-1110/11024:341
S. Gagner LW00-132/0015:430
G. Haas C00025/5013:112
C. Jones D10020/0014:261
Z. Kassian RW00-151/0016:493
J. Khaira LW00-100/1010:095
O. Klefbom D00-330/0024:091
A. Larsson D00-110/0017:292
R. Nugent-Hopkins LW01-130/1024:500
D. Nurse D00040/0023:483
P. Russell RW00-110/0009:222
R. Sheahan C00016/8012:131
K. Yamamoto RW00000/0021:482
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Cernak D00030/0021:069
B. Coburn D00100/0014:522
C. Gaunce D01110/0009:132
Y. Gourde RW10136/6019:201
V. Hedman D00140/0025:050
T. Johnson RW00018/6015:041
M. Joseph RW00030/0012:053
A. Killorn LW01110/1019:502
P. Maroon LW10130/0012:314
O. Palat LW00-130/0018:152
C. Paquette C10219/3212:441
B. Point C01020/2018:560
L. Schenn D01150/0013:577
M. Sergachev D00140/0023:343
K. Shattenkirk D00010/0021:261
M. Stephens C001010/8016:480
C. Verhaeghe LW00010/0010:311
A. Volkov RW00-110/0010:432
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Smith (L)362340.94459:00
GOALIESSA
M. Smith (L)36
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Vasilevskiy (W)301290.96760:00
GOALIESSA
A. Vasilevskiy (W)30
Colby Cave shot on goal (Wrist shot)
EDM:GoalsShots
TB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • TB
      19:04GOAL Cedric Paquette (Empty net shot), Assists: Brayden Point and Alex Killorn
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • TB
      13:01(SH) GOAL Yanni Gourde (Wrist shot)
    • EDM
      09:36GOAL Caleb Jones (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl
    • TB
      04:39GOAL Pat Maroon (Wrist shot), Assists: Cameron Gaunce and Luke Schenn
    PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
        • TB
          11:44Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Alexander Volkov
        • TB
          01:18Cedric Paquette penalty Hooking - 2 min.
        TEAM STATS
        EDM
        TB
        Shots on Goal3037
        Goals in Power Play00
        Faceoff Wins2633
        Penalties02
        Major Penalties00
        Minor Penalties02
        Misconducts00
        TEAM STATS
        EDM
        Shots on Goal30
        Goals in Power Play0
        Faceoff Wins26
        Penalties0
        Major Penalties0
        Minor Penalties0
        Misconducts0
        123T
        EDM30-21-6
        0101
        TB38-15-5
        0213
        STARS OF THE GAME
        3.3 %SHOT %8.1 %
        0.919 %SAVE %0.967 %
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        J. Archibald RW00000/0011:553
        E. Bear D00100/0022:101
        M. Benning D00000/0014:413
        C. Cave C00-122/7009:122
        A. Chiasson RW00-120/0014:131
        L. Draisaitl C01-1110/11024:341
        S. Gagner LW00-132/0015:430
        G. Haas C00025/5013:112
        C. Jones D10020/0014:261
        Z. Kassian RW00-151/0016:493
        J. Khaira LW00-100/1010:095
        O. Klefbom D00-330/0024:091
        A. Larsson D00-110/0017:292
        R. Nugent-Hopkins LW01-130/1024:500
        D. Nurse D00040/0023:483
        P. Russell RW00-110/0009:222
        R. Sheahan C00016/8012:131
        K. Yamamoto RW00000/0021:482
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        E. Cernak D00030/0021:069
        B. Coburn D00100/0014:522
        C. Gaunce D01110/0009:132
        Y. Gourde RW10136/6019:201
        V. Hedman D00140/0025:050
        T. Johnson RW00018/6015:041
        M. Joseph RW00030/0012:053
        A. Killorn LW01110/1019:502
        P. Maroon LW10130/0012:314
        O. Palat LW00-130/0018:152
        C. Paquette C10219/3212:441
        B. Point C01020/2018:560
        L. Schenn D01150/0013:577
        M. Sergachev D00140/0023:343
        K. Shattenkirk D00010/0021:261
        M. Stephens C001010/8016:480
        C. Verhaeghe LW00010/0010:311
        A. Volkov RW00-110/0010:432
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        M. Smith (L)362340.94459:00
        GOALIESSA
        M. Smith (L)36
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        A. Vasilevskiy (W)301290.96760:00
        GOALIESSA
        A. Vasilevskiy (W)30
        STARS OF THE GAME
        123T
        EDM30-21-6
        0101
        TB38-15-5
        0213
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        J. Archibald RW00000/0011:553
        E. Bear D00100/0022:101
        M. Benning D00000/0014:413
        C. Cave C00-122/7009:122
        A. Chiasson RW00-120/0014:131
        L. Draisaitl C01-1110/11024:341
        S. Gagner LW00-132/0015:430
        G. Haas C00025/5013:112
        C. Jones D10020/0014:261
        Z. Kassian RW00-151/0016:493
        J. Khaira LW00-100/1010:095
        O. Klefbom D00-330/0024:091
        A. Larsson D00-110/0017:292
        R. Nugent-Hopkins LW01-130/1024:500
        D. Nurse D00040/0023:483
        P. Russell RW00-110/0009:222
        R. Sheahan C00016/8012:131
        K. Yamamoto RW00000/0021:482
        Total1203026/330-33
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        E. Cernak D00030/0021:069
        B. Coburn D00100/0014:522
        C. Gaunce D01110/0009:132
        Y. Gourde RW10136/6019:201
        V. Hedman D00140/0025:050
        T. Johnson RW00018/6015:041
        M. Joseph RW00030/0012:053
        A. Killorn LW01110/1019:502
        P. Maroon LW10130/0012:314
        O. Palat LW00-130/0018:152
        C. Paquette C10219/3212:441
        B. Point C01020/2018:560
        L. Schenn D01150/0013:577
        M. Sergachev D00140/0023:343
        K. Shattenkirk D00010/0021:261
        M. Stephens C001010/8016:480
        C. Verhaeghe LW00010/0010:311
        A. Volkov RW00-110/0010:432
        Total3403733/264-41
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        M. Smith (L)362340.94459:00
        GOALIESSA
        M. Smith (L)36
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        A. Vasilevskiy (W)301290.96760:00
        GOALIESSA
        A. Vasilevskiy (W)30
        GOALS
        • 3RD PERIOD
        • 2ND PERIOD
          PENALTIES
            • 2ND PERIOD
              • 3RD PERIOD
              • 2ND PERIOD
              • 1ST PERIOD

              123T
              EDM30-21-6
              0101
              TB38-15-5
              0213
              TEAM STATS
              3.51
              GF AVG
              3.41
              GA AVG
              .98
              Power Play
              3.79
              GF AVG
              2.87
              GA AVG
              .79
              Power Play
              All times are US/Eastern.