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How the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal beating Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) for the first goal of the game during first period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal beating Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) for the first goal of the game during first period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DIRK SHADD | Times
Published Nov. 7, 2018|Updated Nov. 7, 2018

The Lightning held Connor McDavid without a point on Tuesday.

Yes, you read that right. No, your eyes have not deceived you. The player who came in with the second-most points in the league did not record a goal or an assist against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning has the Yanni Gourde – Brayden Point – Tyler Johnson line to thank.

"Not only did they contribute offensively, but they did a very good job against one of the very best players in the world," captain Steven Stamkos said. "Hats off to them."

Because of that line's defensive and offensive efforts, the Lightning defeated Edmonton 5-2 on Tuesday at Amalie Arena.

So how did they do it? Gourde said they focused on playing tight on McDavid.

"We tried to play the right way," Gourde said. "We tried to make sure we didn't turn the puck over. Tried to stay above his speed, limit his time and space."

While that line limited McDavid and contributed offensively, the rest of the team went to work offensively. Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov combined for three goals, one of which came in the third.

Here's a recap of the third-period goals:

Tampa Bay 4, Edmonton 2: It didn't take long for Edmonton to strike in the third. Forty seconds, actually. Ty Rattie flipped a puck to Leon Draisaitl via a backhanded pass, and Draisaitl flicked the puck in the net before Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy could slide over to his left.

Tampa Bay 5, Edmonton 2: Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 11:37 left in the game. The goal came during a Lightning power play.

Second period:

Chants of "VASY, VASY, VASY" broke out in Amalie Arena with about 12:35 left in the second period, and rightfully so with the way Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was playing.

He gave up two goals on 35 shots faced through three periods. Many of those shots came via the power play, which the Oilers went on four times and scored one goal. In the second period, he made impressive save after impressive save to prevent Edmonton from scoring on their first of three power plays in the second frame.

Edmonton did score eventually, though. It took a 4-on-4 opportunity for the Oilers to score that first goal. Although the Oilers scored, it didn't hurt the Lightning's cause all that much. Not when the Lightning was scoring as much as it was.

Tampa Bay added two second-period goals. Here's a recap of all three goals from the second frame:

Tampa Bay 2, Edmonton 1: With 7:28 left in the second period, Edmonton center Ryan Strome scored his first goal of the season as he cut across the center of the ice during a 4-on-4 period. He snuck the puck between the left pipe and Vasilevskiy's blocker.

Tampa Bay 3, Edmonton 1: Less than a minute after the Oilers scored their first goal of the game, the Lightning responded. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh rocketed the puck toward the net, which Yanni Gourde re-directed for his seventh goal of the season.

Tampa Bay 4, Edmonton 1: With 1:01 left in the period, Stamkos sent a centering pass to Kucherov who scored his sixth goal of the season as he put the puck in the top left corner of the Edmonton net.

First period: 

It didn't take long for McDavid to show off the skill that has earned him a spot among the NHL's top players. Fortunately for the Lightning, that display of skill didn't include a goal or point in the first period.

At one point in the first period, McDavid skated right around Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman. He fed the puck to Ty Rattie, who looked as if he would score.

Vasilevskiy had other ideas.

Here's the save that kept the Oilers scoreless in the first period:

Because of that save, the Lightning held a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Here's a recap of the Tampa Bay goals:

Tampa Bay 1, Edmonton 0: Stamkos scored his fifth goal of the season as he and Kucherov seemed to play keep-a-way as they passed the puck back and forth while skating down the ice. Stamkos finally took the shot and scored.

Tampa Bay 2, Edmonton 0: Tyler Johnson sped down the ice, gave the puck to Yanni Gourde who fired off a shot. Brayden Point, who sat in front of the net, finished for the Lightning as he scored his ninth goal of the season.

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