Video: Josh Archibald Jumps Mikhail Sergachev And Takes A Beating

The Tampa Bay Lightning were hoping to avoid their third loss in a row when they visited the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.  The Oilers have been struggling as well lately, with a record of 3-5-1 in their last nine games, and they have had consistency issues all season long.  Conor McDavid got the hometown Oilers off to a great start, scoring midway through the first period after blazing past Norris Trophy winner Victor Hedman before beating Brian Elliott for his 31st goal of the season.  The Oilers held a 1-0 lead all the way until the dying seconds of the second period when McDavid notched his second of the night to put Edmonton up two goals heading into the second intermission.  

Brian Elliott kept the game close in the third despite being peppered with shots, and his hard work was eventually rewarded when Zach Bogosian split the lead in half when his wrist shot beat Mikko Koskinen for just his third goal this season, which inadvertently caused a pretty heated scrum and an eventual fight between the Oilers' Josh Archibald and the Lightning's Mikhail Sergachev.   

In the video below, you can see Acribald jump on Sergachev's back and put him in a bulldog choke, and once the big Russian defenceman got to his feet, he made him pay for it.  Archibald at 5'10", 176 lbs was a little outmatched against the 6'3" 216 lbs Sergachev, and he ate several right hands for his troubles:

Leon Draisatil scored his 39th goal of the season on a breakaway just minutes later, restoring the Oilers' two-goal lead as they went on to win 4-1 after an empty-net goal from Kailer Yamamoto.  

The Oilers will look to keep the momentum going against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, while the back-to-back defending champs are right back at it tonight against the Canucks in Vancouver as they complete the Canadian leg of their current road trip.  

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