Eberle scores twice in Oilers' win over Lightning

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014
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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers found their resolve in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jordan Eberle scored two goals, and the Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory Sunday night.

After taking a 3-1 lead in the first period, the Oilers fell apart in the second and allowed the Lightning to tie it.

"We were turning pucks over in our own end. It was the same old story with this team," Eberle said. "But as soon as they tied it, we found a way to get back to playing the way that got us the lead in the first place. That's what won us the game."

Taylor Hall, Luke Gazdic, and Boyd Gordon also scored for the Oilers (14-26-5), who have won three of 13. Edmonton, which has the NHL's second-worst record, avoided its fourth five-game losing streak of the season.

"There were certainly some shifts in the second period where we didn't play well, but for the most part our effort was good," Hall said. "Our execution was good. There have been a lot of times this season where we have gone into a third period tied or in a close game and we just haven't really played the way we should. Tonight was a different story.

"It was nice to see, especially against a team that is as good and as high in the standings as Tampa."

It was the Oilers' first win against a team above the playoff cutline in a month.

"We need to spin this into a positive," Gordon said. "Hopefully we can get things turned around here and start playing some winning hockey."

Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Valtteri Filppula had goals for the Lightning (25-13-4), whose five-game winning streak on the road ended.

"I thought we owned that second period and we had a bad break for us on the fourth goal and then a good play by them on the fifth one," Hedman said. "That's not the way we wanted to come out of this.

"We were carrying the momentum going into the third. It's obviously frustrating that we didn't play better in the third."

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 2:43 into the game. Matthew Carle made a cross-ice pass to Kucherov at the left faceoff dot, and Kucherov beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a quick shot glove-side.

Edmonton tied it 1:35 later when a stick got caught in the skates of Lightning forward Martin St. Louis in front of the Tampa Bay net. Eberle fished it out and lifted his 13th goal of the season past goalie Ben Bishop.

Bishop left the game after the play because of an injury to his right hand. Anders Lindback replaced him just as Alex Killorn took a double minor for high-sticking.



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