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Nikita Kucherov has four points in Lightning win

Line with Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat combines for eight against Oilers

by Corey Long / Correspondent

TAMPA -- "The Triplets" line combined for eight points, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Ondrej Palat scored two goals, and Tyler Johnson had two assists to help the Lightning (27-24-8) extend their point streak to seven games (5-0-2). Ben Bishop made 20 saves for his fifth consecutive win.

"It's fun [to have 'The Triplets' back together]," Palat said of the reunited line. "Once we get rolling, it's a lot of fun. We have great chemistry together."


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Iiro Pakarinen scored the goal for Edmonton (32-20-8), which lost for the first time in four games. Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves.

Palat gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 4:26 of the first period when he converted a pass from Kucherov on a 2-on-1.

Tampa Bay went ahead 2-0 16 seconds into the second period after Johnson forced a turnover and set up Palat for a chip shot past Brossoit.

Kucherov had the second assist for his 200th NHL point.

"['The Triplets'] are feeling it right now," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It's been really nice to have the same lineups over the last couple of weeks, and guys are just slotting into their roles."

Pakarinen scored his first goal of the season to make it 2-1 at 10:17 of the second. After Oilers center Mark Letestu won a faceoff in the neutral zone, Oscar Klefbom passed to Pakarinen in stride at the blue line, and he beat Bishop with a wrist shot from the slot.

Kucherov gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead 49 seconds into the third period with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle that got past Brossoit.  

Video: EDM@TBL: Kucherov weaves into the circle and scores

Defenseman Anton Stralman had an assist his 200th NHL point.

"We're playing well," Stralman said. "We've cleaned up our game. We're working hard offensively and defensively, and that's why we're back in the race. We have to keep it going."

Tampa Bay trails the Florida Panthers by four points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Klefbom appeared to score a goal at 2:03 of third period at 4-on-4, but Cooper challenged, and video review showed Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was offside on the play.

"That was a big play and a big moment in that game," Oilers center Connor McDavid said. "It happens. Honestly, if the roles were reversed and we were the ones challenging, we would love that call."

Vladislav Namestnikov was credited with an empty-net goal with 0.7 seconds left in the game when he was hooked from behind by Patrick Maroon on a breakaway with Brossoit pulled for the extra attacker.

"It would have been nice to get one more big save, especially on that third [goal]," said Brossoit, who made his second start of the season for Edmonton. "You have to tip your cap to the other team sometimes. There's a lot of skill over there, and they showed it."

Video: EDM@TBL: Pakarinen beats Bishop from the slot


Goal of the game

Palat scored his second goal by chipping the puck high into the net from the left hash marks off Johnson's saucer pass from the right circle.

"[The pass] was good," Palat said. "It was almost too good."

Video: EDM@TBL: Palat nets Johnson's perfect pass for second


Save of the game

Bishop made a blocker save on a wrist shot from Draisaitl from close range at 1:39 of the third period.


Unsung performance of the game

Stralman had a plus-4 rating, a hit and a blocked shot in 19:13 of ice time.

Highlight of the game

On Palat's first goal, it was Kucherov who started the play by intercepting a shot attempt by Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson and racing past him into the Edmonton zone. Palat joined the play for a 2-on-1 rush and one-timed Kucherov's pass by Brossoit from the right hash marks.

Video: EDM@TBL: Palat sends home nice feed from Kucherov


They said it

"We have got some work to do. We just don't get enough opportunities to work on our game, so we have to fix it somehow. Individuals have to accept some responsibility for bringing their A game to the rink. Some key players have to pick it up." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan


"I don't know what our record is in challenges, but it's a little to a lot against us. Those ones are usually black-and-white. It was close. It was definitely close. We still had the lead had that not been offside, but I think that took a little bit of the wind out of their sails when they had that one called back."  -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom's goal being overturned after he challenged the play


Need to know

It was Kucherov's third four-point game this season. …The Lightning have not allowed a power-play goal in the past four games.


What's next

Oilers: At the Florida Panthers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, SN, NHL.TV)

Lightning: Host the Calgary Flames on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, SNW, NHL.TV)


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