Oilers earn first win on Nugent-Hopkins’ late goal

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winning
goal with 3:25 to play as the Edmonton Oilers notched their first win of the
season in a 3-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Taylor Hall posted a goal and an assist, while Justin Schultz also scored for
the Oilers, who had started out 0-4-1. Ben Scrivens posted 22 stops in the

Brian Boyle and Brett Connolly scored for the Lightning, who fell to 1-1 in
their five-game road trip. Ben Bishop allowed three goals on 23 shots in the

Tampa Bay had tied the game with 6:05 to play as Tyler Johnson sent a short
pass from the right circle to the slot where Connolly one-timed it home from
one knee.

Just 2 1/2 minutes later, though, Jordan Eberle picked off a cross-ice pass in
the Tampa end and passed it over to the slot where Nugent-Hopkins was able to
snap it under the glove of Bishop for a 3-2 lead.

Tampa pulled Bishop with over a minute to play, but was unable to get any
pressure in the Edmonton end.

The first period passed without a goal, but the Lightning got on the board
1:21 into the second period as Boyle’s turnaround shot from the right boards
went in off the skate of an Oiler.

Edmonton, though, tied the game three minutes later as Schultz’s backhander
from the right side went into the left corner of the net for his first of the

Hall was pulled down from behind by Matt Carle on a breakaway and was awarded
a penalty shot, which he converted when he slipped a backhand between the pads
of Bishop for a 2-1 lead with 5:03 to play in the second.

Game Notes

Edmonton hosts Washington on Wednesday … Tampa plays in Calgary on Tuesday
… The Oilers have won four straight at home against the Lightning … Both
teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.