Edmonton Oilers 5:3 Tampa Bay Lightning: Reactions



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Edmonton Oilers 5:3 Tampa Bay Lightning: Reactions

The Edmonton Oilers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. One of the better players in the match was McDavid, who continues his great streak. "He's pretty good, that's a nice move," Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman said for nhl.com "The puck had eyes.

I thought [Andrei Vasilevskiy] stopped the puck, but it got through somehow. But he's a world-class player, the best in the League. He had 84 points going into the game and has 39 goals, and that says a lot about him as a player." McDavid emphasized the importance of confidence his team currently has.

"The confidence has grown in the group, you can feel it on the ice, you can feel it around the room," McDavid said. "The confidence is a big thing. You have to earn confidence and it goes back to taking it one day at a time, and I think we have done a good job of doing that since the second half started here."

Jon Cooper on his team

Lightning coach Jon Cooper is pleased with his team's sacrifice.

He did not forget to praise McDavid who impressed many. "I really liked our second period, but we made a mistake on McDavid's goal on the end, we were just a little tentative in the play and he finds a way," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Most guys don't score that, but he finds a way to do those things and that's why he's a special player.

We lacked a little push down the stretch there, we had the one power play that didn't work out for us. We fought until the end. It was a good game, but it's disappointing we didn't get any points out of this." Hyman emphasized the qualities of both teams who are really playing great.

"It was just two really good, competitive teams. Both were coming in on win streaks and wanted to keep them going," Hyman said. "They came out flat, I guess, but they have guys who wanted to create a spark, and they did. They came back in that game and tied it up. We pushed back too, which was good."