EDMONTON — The Lightning was willing to give Oilers rookie Linus Omark his due for scoring the game-ending shootout goal in Edmonton's 4-3 victory Friday at Rexall Place.
It was just the way he did it that irked the Lightning.
"A … joke," left wing Ryan Malone said.
Asked if it was disrespectful, defenseman Mattias Ohlund said, "Absolutely."
Omark, in his first NHL game, picked up the puck at center ice and did a spin-o-rama at the blue line before skating down the slot, smacking his stick on the ice and firing through Dan Ellis' legs.
"It's embarrassing for him," Ellis said. "You come into a league, a respectful league like this, and you try a little move like that. It's not a very classy thing. That's just the kind of person he is."
The play punctuated a frustrating game for Tampa Bay (15-10-4), which outplayed the Oilers for most of the game, outshot them 41-23, including 17-1 in a third in which Steven Stamkos broke a six-game drought with his 22nd goal with 8:27 left that tied it.
The one shot was the fewest Tampa Bay allowed in a period this season, and Marty St. Louis' assist on Stamkos' goal was the 420th for the Lightning, putting him first in team history.
Randy Jones and Malone also scored. But Tampa Bay lost leads of 1-0 and 2-1 as Edmonton scored two power-play goals in the second, and former Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin made 38 saves.
"Khabibulin stole that one," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. "We deserve that one. There are nights we tell our players we can work harder. We can do things differently. You can never play a perfect game, but … "
Ellis allowed a soft first-period goal to Magnus Paajarvi. Defenseman Victor Hedman missed the net on an odd-man rush, which led to an odd-man rush the other way and Taylor Hall's second-period goal. And Malone and Ohlund allowed Omark to skate to the net unchallenged, leading to Tom Gilbert's rebound goal with 4:30 left in the second period and a 3-2 Oilers lead.
Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Stamkos failed in the shootout that Edmonton won 2-0 and ended on the goal by Omark, 23.
"That's my thing. I like to do it for the crowd," Omark said. "I do stuff like that. Why should I stop at this level?"
The explanation didn't satisfy the Lightning, and Boucher declined to even comment.
"If anyone did that on our team," Ohlund said of Omark's showboating, "the guys would tell him not to do it anymore."
|Oilers win shootout 2-0|
First Period—1, Tampa Bay, Ra.Jones 1, 5:03. 2, Edmonton, Paajarvi 3 (Penner, Cogliano), 11:37. 3, Tampa Bay, Malone 9 (Purcell, Ohlund), 17:48 (pp). Penalties—Fraser, Edm (holding stick), 9:20; Malone, TB (tripping), 12:36; Peckham, Edm (interference), 15:49.
Second Period—4, Edmonton, T.Hall 10 (O'Marra), 5:46 (pp). 5, Edmonton, Gilbert 5 (Omark, Paajarvi), 16:30 (pp). Penalties—Jacques, Edm (delay of game), 3:46; Malone, TB (interference), 3:48; Foster, Edm (high-sticking), 10:48; Kubina, TB, served by Pouliot, minor-major (boarding, fighting), 14:44; Penner, Edm, major (fighting), 14:44.
Third Period—6, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Kubina), 11:33. Penalties—None.
Overtime—None. Penalties—Edmonton bench, served by Brule (too many men), 4:00.
Shootout—Tampa Bay 0 (Pouliot NG, Stamkos NG), Edmonton 2 (Eberle G, T.Hall NG, Omark G). Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 14-7-17-3—41. Edmonton 7-9-1-6—23. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 1 of 5; Edmonton 2 of 3. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Ellis 7-5-4 (23 shots-20 saves). Edmonton, Khabibulin 7-10-2 (41-38).