EDMONTON—This was supposed to be a hard trip. It’s a lot of travel through three different times zones to play tough teams. It was a tough trip, but the Lightning handled it.
With Saturday’s 6-3 win over Edmonton, Tampa Bay came out of its Western Canada trip with three wins and seven points. If you go back a game, the Lightning came out of its Canadian stretch (including the home game against Toronto) with four wins and nine points.
That’s pretty good considering four of those teams were in the top three at the time of the game.
“We were looking forward to this trip,” Tyler Johnson said. “We knew it was going to be tough. Every team that we played cheap nhl jerseys from china has been playing really well. It was going to be a battle. It was going to be a test for us, and I thought our team did extremely well. We’re playing pretty good hockey right now.”
Some odds and ends from the win:
The Lightning is on a 12-game point streak. The loss to Winnipeg broke the win streak, but the Lightning still has a point in its last 12 games. That’s the longest point streak in the league this year. And Tampa Bay is 14-1-1 in its last 16 games.
Connor McDavid finally got the Lightning. McDavid still hasn’t scored on Tampa Bay, but after going without a point in the teams’ first meeting, he had three assists on Saturday.
Steven Stamkos reached the 20-goal mark. Stamkos scored twice on Saturday to reach 20; he’s the second Lightning player to do so, after Brayden Point. He also tied his career high for goals in a month with 12. And there are three more games in December.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves on 28 shots. He is now 3-0-1 since his return from injury. Interestingly, his .930 save percentage in those four games exactly matches his stat for the season.
The penalty kill wasn’t great. The Oilers scored twice on three power plays. Victor Hedman said the penalty kill took “a night off.” The Lightning’s penalty kill has a solid 82.9 percent success rate (seventh in the league), but that didn’t show on Saturday.
Johnson is now ninth on the Lightning’s all-time scoring list. Johnson now has 288 career points. He passed Freddy Modin (286) to move into ninth. He also has points in eight of his last 11 games.