The Tampa Bay Lightning notched a 3-2 shootout win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Dwayne Roloson stirred the echoes of his impressive 2011 season and stopped 34 shots sent at him by the Oilers, including a sixth round shootout stop the sealed the win.
Tom Pyatt provided the offense for the Bolts, scoring his ninth and tenth goals of the season in the second period. On the first goal, he beat Nikolai Khabibulin on the power play chance for the 1-0 lead. He would bookend the period about 15 minutes later when he took a feed from J.T. Wyman to respond to an Edmonton goal and give the Bolts another one-goal lead.
It would take six rounds to resolve the shootout, as the Oilers answered every time the Bolts took a one-goal advantage. Roloson came up huge, stopping a third-round shot Linus Omark that would have ended it. Then, after a Teddy Purcell goal, Rollie stuff at Ryan Smyth shot to end it.
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