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Sheldon Souray scores pair of goals as Oilers defeat Lightning 5-3

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EDMONTON - Sheldon Souray led the way with a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Erik Cole, Jason Strudwick and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Oilers (30-25-5) who kept pace with the Western Conference pack for a playoff position. Edmonton sat tied with Dallas, Anaheim and Minnesota at 65 points for seventh in the West.

Cory Murphy had two goals and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning (20-29-12), who have lost five of their last six games overall and six in a row on the road.

Edmonton got off to a quick start, 2:20 into the game, as Cole out-hustled Marek Malik to a loose puck and then blew by him for a breakaway, picking the corner to the stick side of Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo for his 15th of the season.

The Oilers made it 2-0 three minutes later as Strudwick did a good job keeping the puck in at the blue-line and rifled in a rare goal.

Edmonton had 11 first period shots while the Lightning only mustered three on Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson. The Oilers outshot the Lightning 45-29 overall.

The Lightning got on the board early in the second period on a power play as Roloson got caught up with defender Steve Staios after a big save on Martin St. Louis, allowing Murphy to deposit the puck into a wide open net to make it 2-1.

Tampa Bay tied the game with just under eight minutes to go in the second as Ryan Malone stripped the puck at the Lightning blue-line and sent Stamkos in on a breakaway. The rookie made no mistake, blasting the puck past Roloson for his 11th goal of the year.

Edmonton regained the lead less than a minute later when Souray unleashed a cannon off a faceoff to put the Oilers up 3-2.

The Oilers went ahead by two goals 2:20 into the third as a puck squirted free from under Ramo in a scramble and Cogliano was able to stuff it into the Lightning goal for a 4-2 lead.

The Lightning narrowed the lead to 4-3 with just over six minutes to play as Murphy picked up is second goal, picking the puck out of a frantic battle in front of the Oilers net.

Souray iced the game with his second into an empty net with just 1.8 seconds left after Shawn Horcoff had missed on an opportunity a minute earlier.

Edmonton entertains Columbus on Thursday while the Lightning play the second game of a three-game trip in Vancouver on Friday.

Notes. It was the only meeting between the two teams this season. Entering the contest the Oilers had lost four in a row to the Lightning, last defeating Tampa Bay on March 6, 2002It was the fifth straight game that the Lightning allowed more than 40 shots in a game The Lightning continued to rely on the services of Karri Ramo in after injuries suffered by Tampa's other goalies Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig Tuesday's tilt marked the 1,500th game for Oilers head medical trainer Ken Lowe. He is in his 20th season with the team.

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