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0.0: The Oilers drop their first of a three-game Eastern Conference road swing, losing 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Jones scores the lone EDM marker and Smith makes 24 saves. Next up is Florida on Saturday.
55.5: Paquette scores an empty-netter to get some insurance for the Bolts. | TBL 3, EDM 1
1:56: The puck skips to Gagner at the side of the net and he quickly hacks it on net but Vasilevskiy is there for the stop. The Oilers pull Smith for the extra attacker.
3:31: Ethan Bear uncorks a heavy blast but it misses the net. the Oilers continue to fight for the equalizer but that is never easy to find against the Lightning, who have allowed two goals or less in six straight games.
5:32: The Lightning attack on a 2-on-1 but Johnson can’t handle a hot pass on the wing.
7:50: Benning makes a play at the centre line but gets a shoulder to the face as the Oilers generate some zone pressure but few shots on goal.
11:48: Sheahan tries to go across for Darnell Nurse but Maroon intercepts the pass and turns the ice the other way.
14:16: BACK AND FORTH! Smith makes a tremendous save at one end then Vasilevskiy gets across for one of his own on Yamamoto at the other side of the ice.
20:00: The third period has begun.
0.0: Smith withstands Tampa Bay’s late onslaught as the Oilers head to the third period trailing 2-1. The middle frame sees three goals scored as Maroon and Gourde tally for TB while Jones gets the lone strike for EDM.
1:26: Point and Ondrej Palat attack on a 2-on-1, with Point deciding to keep and shoot. He is stopped by Smith, however, who now has 24 saves.
3:09: Zack Kassian, Riley Sheahan and Josh Archibald muster some pressure against the Lightning by working the boards, kicking to the point and digging for rebounds.
5:33: The Lightning penalty expires with the Oilers giving one up shorthanded. Edmonton is 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
6:59: Gourde foils a zone entry to give himself a breakaway then goes high on Smith. The Lightning regain the lead shorthanded. | TBL 2, EDM 1
8:16: Tampa gets called for too many men as the puck gravitates towards Kevin Shattenkirk in the midst of a line change. The Oilers go to the power play.
10:24: JONESY! Caleb Jones’ first shot is blocked but his second is not, beating Vasilevskiy on his glove side. That’s Jones’ third of the season, with the assists going to Nugent-Hopkins and Draisaitl. Draisaitl picks up point 90 on the year! | EDM 1, TBL 1
12:34: Matt Benning blocks a shot then skates to the bench gingerly. Shots in the second period are 3-2 Tampa.
15:21: Former Oiler Maroon bounces a puck in off Smith from behind the goal to open the scoring. | TBL 1, EDM 0
15:42: Alex Chiasson tries to connect the puck to Yamamoto in front with a cheeky through-the-legs pass but it gets disrupted by a Lightning PKer. The Oilers can’t get one to go on the power play.
18:42: Cedric Paquette gets the game’s first penalty by hauling down Colby Cave.
19:05: Brayden Point looks to send the puck cross-ice but it hits a body and deflects towards Smith, who’s forced to make a clutch reactionary save. He’s been stellar so far.
20:00: The second period has begun!
0.0: The first period closes scoreless. Shots are 14-8 Bolts.
58.6: Sam Gagner puts it on the cage and Gaëtan Haas hunts for the rebound but Vasilevskiy gets the cover.
3:07: MR. SMITH! The Oilers keeper robs former Oiler Patrick Maroon after a bobbling point shot produced a net-front rebound. Smith has 14 saves in the period already.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 14, 2020
8;49: Yet another Nugent-Hopkins wrister is put on Tampa Bay’s net, this one coming off a faceoff win by Leon Draisaitl, but Vasilevskiy’s shoulder blocks the attempt. RNH has all three Oiler shots tonight so far.
11:37: Kailer Yamamoto corrals a botched puck and finds Nugent-Hopkins but his wrister is once again stopped by Vasilevskiy. The Oilers top line then sustains some low pressure but can’t finish.
14:48: The Lightning cause an early storm as Tyler Johnson misses a wide-open net then Yanni Gourde’s tip is stopped by netminder Mike Smith. Shots are 7-1 TBL.
17:48: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins whips a quick shot on Andrei Vasilevskiy off a O-zone faceoff but the keeper stymies the attempt with his pad.
20:00: The Oilers and Lightning are under way! This game is rife with injuries, as Oilers Connor McDavid and James Neal are out while the Lightning are missing Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 13, 2020
Nugent-Hopkins – Draisaitl – Yamamoto
Gagner – Haas – Chiasson
Archibald – Sheahan – Kassian
Khaira – Cave – P. Russell
Nurse – Bear
Klefbom – Larsson
Jones – Benning
OUT: Connor McDavid, William Lagesson, Tyler Benson
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