It was the form of confidence enhance the Edmonton Oilers desperately wanted.
Connor McDavid had a pair of targets and Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves to enhance to 8-1-2 in his final 11 begins because the Oilers moved again right into a playoff place with a 4-1 victory over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
“Tonight was a complete staff win, contributions up and down the lineup,” mentioned Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft. “Within the two video games as a complete in opposition to Tampa we gave up 55 pictures in opposition to the Stanley Cup champions. We did a great job defensively in each video games.”
Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto additionally scored and added an help apiece for the Oilers (32-23-4), who’ve gained two in a row and moved into third place within the Pacific Division. Tyson Barrie chipped in with two helpers.
“I feel we had an all-around effort,” Draisaitl mentioned. “The PK was actually good. I feel our energy play may have been sharper, however we did rating an enormous objective to make it 2-0 on the finish of the second there. You need to discover the precise time to attain typically too. We did that and, five-on-five, I assumed we had been actually stable.
“I feel we’re discovering our gear right here a little bit bit and taking steps in the precise course.”
The Oilers improved to 18-0 when scoring first this season.
“I’m unsure what it’s. I feel we simply discover a consolation stage in our recreation,” McDavid mentioned. “Clearly the beginning is necessary. We haven’t discovered a approach to get the primary objective too many instances, so once we do we now have to bear down and discover a approach to get a win.”
Zach Bogosian responded for the Lightning (37-15-6) who’ve misplaced three in a row for the primary time this season. Brian Elliott stopped 45-of-48 pictures.
“When issues aren’t going effectively for you, you invent methods to shoot your self within the foot,” mentioned Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper. “Whether or not it’s turnovers, taking too many penalties, we’re discovering methods on this highway journey to make it onerous on ourselves. For those who’re going to take that many penalties and also you’re going to place a few of the greatest gamers on the planet on the ice all evening, it’s going to be powerful for you.”
Edmonton managed to get a uncommon first objective of the sport halfway by means of the primary interval when McDavid stripped a puck and danced round Victor Hedman at full velocity earlier than tucking it previous Elliott.
The house aspect made it 2-0 with 44 seconds left within the center body as McDavid picked the highest nook for his thirty second of the season, additionally taking the league lead for factors with 83.
The Lightning lastly obtained on the board halfway by means of the third as Bogosian was left alone within the slot and despatched his third of the season over Koskinen’s shoulder.
After killing off a prolonged five-on-three Tampa energy play, the Oilers regained their two-goal cushion three minutes later as Draisaitl had a protracted breakaway earlier than depositing his thirty ninth of the marketing campaign by means of Elliott’s legs.
Yamamoto added an empty netter to place the sport away for Edmonton.
The Oilers outshot the Lightning 49-32.
The Lightning are proper again at it on Sunday evening in Vancouver in opposition to the Canucks. The Oilers play the third recreation of a five-game homestand on Tuesday in opposition to the Detroit Purple Wings.
Notes: It was the primary time the Lightning have performed at Rogers Place in Edmonton since they gained the Stanley Cup within the “bubble” in 2020 Oilers ahead Josh Archibald made his season debut after he was identified with myocarditis at coaching camp following a bout with COVID-19. Archibald stays unvaccinated, that means he can not presently journey with the staff Nonetheless out with accidents for Edmonton had been Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (higher physique), Kris Russell (undisclosed), Jesse Puljujarvi (decrease physique) and Kyle Turris (higher physique). The Lightning had been wholesome.