Lightning winning streak at six after 6-4 win

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 00:34:58-05

Brian Boyle scored a go-ahead, short-handed goal in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 Tuesday night for a season-high six-game winning streak.

The Lightning also got goals from Nikita Nesterov, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Vladislav Namestnikov and Alex Killorn.

Tampa Bay will host Chicago Thursday night in the Blackhawks' first game in Tampa since beating the Lightning in last season's Stanley Cup Final.

Zack Kassian, Mark Letestu, Leon Draisaitl and Iiro Pakarinen scored for Edmonton.

The Oilers said center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, hurt blocking a shot in Monday's 4-2 win at Florida, will miss six to eight weeks with a hand injury. Edmonton right wing Nail Yakupov needed help skating off the ice 5 minutes into Tuesday's game, but returned later in the period.

Boyle gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead when he beat goalie Anders Nilsson to the puck and scored from the left circle at 7:42 of the third. Killorn added an empty-netter.

After Draisailt scored during a two-on-one breakaway at 2:10 of the third, Pakarinen got Edmonton even at 4 when he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy from the right circle 2:19 later.

Namestnikov extended the Lightning lead to 4-2 at 17:12 of the second when he reached from the behind net with his stick and knocked in the puck after Palat's left circle shot went high into the air off Nilsson and behind the goalie.

Palat gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 lead at 6:09 of the second. Namestnikov set up the goal with a backhand pass while falling to the ice.

Kucherov put the Lightning up 2-1 with 3:03 to go in the first on his 19th goal this season that extended his point streak to six games.

Letestu made it 2-2 on a short-handed goal with 33.3 seconds left in the first.

After Nesterov opened the scoring at 3:57 of the first, Kassian tied it just 88 seconds later.

NOTES: Edmonton placed Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve and recalled C Rob Klinkhammer from Bakersfield of the AHL. ... Oilers LW Lauri Korpikoski sat out his second straight game with a sore foot, the result of a blocking a shot Saturday against Calgary. ... Letestu has both of the Oilers short-handed goals this season.