EDMONTON - Who would have guessed that all it takes to light a fire under the Edmonton Oilers is a 50 C drop in temperature?
After wandering the desert in Phoenix and face-planting in the California sand on their winless three-game road trip, the Oilers returned to a bitter cold snap in Edmonton and upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3.
The Oilers built a 3-1 lead, blew it in the second period, then built it back up again on third period goals 2:10 apart from Boyd Gordon and Taylor Hall.
With one win 19 games over the last three seasons when returning home from a road trip of two games or longer, and two wins in 28 games against teams above the playoff cutline, the smart money wasn’t on Edmonton to pull an upset.
Not against a Lightning team that had won five in a row on the road.