Although the Oilers had control of the game on the scoreboard, the Lightning continued to pepper Devan Dubnyk but were unable to procure the tying marker. Midway through the second period, a scramble in the crease resulted in three point-blank chances for the Lightning but Dubnyk sprawled and, with the help of Shawn Belle, made several goal-line stops to keep the game in the Oilers' favour. Following this chance, the Lightning were unable to generate many more quality scoring chances.
Number 4 for the Oilers, first overall pick Taylor Hall, scored the 4th of the night for the Oilers in the final frame. Magnus Paajarvi's dominant night also saw him record four points on the scoresheet.
Tonight's game saw a flurry of penalties which totalled 42 minutes at the end of the night; none of which were majors, meaning well over half the game was being played on special teams.
The Oilers head into Sunday's matchup vs. Vancouver with a perfect 2-0 record in the pre-season.
The first goal of the night for the Oilers tied the game and was also Magnus Paajarvi’s first against NHL competition. Paajarvi brought the crowd to its feet when he dangled around the Tampa Bay defence with his signature speed and quick hands. Although Paajarvi didn’t get all of his shot, in a diving effort he got enough to fool Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis. It turns out that play was just the appetizer, as Paajarvi went on to record another two goals and an assist to lead the Oilers to victory.
Magnus Paajarvi ushered in a new era in Oil Country with a dominant performance against the Lightning. In just 12:24 of ice-time, Paajarvi recorded four points, including his hat-trick goal that brought the noise at Rexall Place to a deafening level.
The lightning were 4-0 in their last four pre-season games away from the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay. That changed tonight as the Lightning dressed a more inexperienced lineup against the Oilers' crop of young talent which resulted in a 5-2 loss.
"We do want to play the game a certain way. It seems the teams that are most successful in this league, regardless of what the system is, their best players are completely dedicated to it. We want to make sure that our guys can pull that off too."
- Head Coach Tom Renney following the team's win against Tampa Bay on system play.
Sunday, September 26 vs. Vancouver 6:00 p.m. MT (SN 1 / 630 CHED)
Vancouver travels to Edmonton to take on the Oilers at Rexall Place Sunday night. For the Oilers, it will be their second game against the division rival Canucks in their past three, and will be looking to put another marker in the win column at home.