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Steven Stamkos celebrates with the Lightning bench after scoring one of his two goals in a 4-2 victory.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Steven Stamkos scored twice and Ben Bishop came up with 38 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 Thursday.
Stamkos got the scoring starting just over seven minutes into the game, as he intercepted a clearing attempt at the blue line and wristed a shot over the stick-side shoulder of Devan Dubnyk for a 1-0 lead.
The lead would be short-lived, as Edmonton would turn up the pressure on Ben Bishop. Taylor Fedun would end up beating the Lightning netminder on a rebound to tie the game up with just under 10 minutes to play in the period.
Stamkos broke the tie in the final minute of the period as his wraparound beat Dubnyk with 53 seconds remaining in the first. Toal was his 13th of the season, tying him for the league lead in goals tallied.
The game remained 2-1 until the final two minutes of the second, when Richard Panik's nifty stickhandling allowed Tyler Johnson to stuff the puck home for his fourth goal of the year to make it 3-1.
Taylor Hall, making his return after missing the last seven games with a knee injury, netted a power play goal after Sami Salo took a tripping penalty to cut the lead to 3-2.
But Ben Bishop held firm and turned away every Edmonton shot following Hall's tally.
Valteri Filppula added an empty-net goal with just over a minute to play to set the score.
Tampa Bay now heads out on the road for a three-game road trip, starting with a matchup Saturday in Detroit against the Red Wings.