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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a save against Edmonton Oilers center Derek Roy (8) during the first period at Amalie Arena.

Kim Klement/USA Today Sports

Ondrej Palat scored a pair of third-period goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday night.

Steven Stamkos also scored in his fourth straight game for the Lightning, who overtook the idle New York Islanders atop the East.

Tampa Bay finished a run of 21 games that included a 6-0-1 record against Edmonton, Buffalo and Carolina, the NHL's worst three teams. The Lightning went 5-8-1 against other opponents during that stretch.

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Edmonton, which has lost 14 consecutive road games, got two goals from Benoit Pouliot. He has scored the last five Oilers goals.

After Palat scored from in-close at 1:33 of the third, he made it 3-2 from the slot with 8:01 to play. It was the first time Tampa Bay has won when trailing after two periods (1-13-1).

Edmonton took a 2-1 lead on Pouliot's second of the game, coming on a goal-mouth scramble during a power play with 57.3 seconds left in the second period. The left wing has a four-game goal streak.

Pouliot put the Oilers ahead 1-0 with a short-handed rebound goal at 13:52 of the first.

Stamkos tied it 7:10 into the second on his 26th goal from the right circle. Matt Carle set it up right after serving a penalty.

During a one-minute stretch late in the second, Edmonton's Nail Yakupov hit the post, and Stamkos missed the net with an in-close shot and had another scoring chance blocked by defenceman Anton Lander.

NOTES: Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson returned after missing one game due to a lower-body injury and had two assists. ... Lightning D Victor Hedman missed his second game with a lower-body injury and might be out until after the All-Star break. ... Tampa Bay rookie Jonathan Drouin and F Brenden Morrow, pointless in 17 games, were scratched. ... Oilers C Boyd Gordon played in his 600th NHL game. ... NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski was at the game. A fan of the Red Wings, Keselowski spent time with current Chicago adviser Scotty Bowman, who coached Detroit to three Stanley Cup championships.

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