TAMPA, Fla. - The depth came through for the Lightning on Thursday, playing without three of their top six forwards. Pat Maroon, Yanni Gourde and Cedric Paquette all scored to lead Tampa Bay to a 3-1 win over Edmonton.
The Lightning's ninth straight victory also tied a franchise record of 10 straight home victories. Tampa Bay is riding a 12-game point streak and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves Thursday, has not lost in regulation in his last 20 games.
Gourde, Maroon and Paquette have combined for 20 goals this year. Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli, all missing from the lineup, have totaled 67.
Maroon got the scoring started early in the second period. He waited at the net-front for Cameron Gaunce's shot and then battled for the rebound and shoved it inside the post, banking the puck off goalie Mike Smith.
The Oilers responded five minutes later. Caleb Jones's first shot was blocked by Ondrej Palat but he followed the puck and threw it on net again. This time he beat Vasilevskiy.
Gourde, who broke a 35-game goal drought on Tuesday, came through with a short-handed breakaway 3:25 after Jones' goal. He picked up the puck in the neutral zone and sprinted in on Smith, roofing the puck over the goalie's blocker.
Paquette landed an empty-netter inside the final minute to finish off the winner.
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