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"Essentially, weve got a 37-game season, and were doing everything we can to put together the most talented team we can going down the stretch." DeJesus flew from Kansas City, where the Nationals were opening a weekend series, to St. Petersburg on Friday. Rays manager Joe Maddon immediately inserted him into the lineup, playing left field and batting seventh. "Thats what Im here to do -- play baseball," DeJesus said. The 33-year-old DeJesus was acquired by the Nationals on Monday, and he played in three road games with Washington. In 87 games overall with the Nationals and Cubs, he batted .247 with six homers and 27 RBIs. DeJesus has also played with Kansas City and Oakland during a career in which he has batted .279 with 86 homers and 513 RBIs in 11 seasons. He has never played on a team that has reached the post-season, so he is thrilled to be joining a contender. "I went to bed (Thursday night) thinking Im a Nat. I woke up and Im not a Nat anymore. Its been crazy," DeJesus said. "Its an opportunity to come here and help out and be in a pennant race. Ive been on a lot of losing teams, and this is exciting for me." Friedman said the left-handed hitting DeJesus likely will play a lot against right-handed pitchers. The Rays believe he is also capable of playing all three outfield positions and is a good baserunner. "Weve had our eyes on him for some time. We tried to acquire him when he was with Kansas City," Friedman said. "He just does a lot of things that we really appreciate and value. "The fact that we play 37 games in 38 days also factored in. Having as much depth as we possibly could was important, In our minds, this arguably is the deepest roster weve ever had." DeJesus is appreciative of a chance to "start over, start fresh." "I started with one of the worst teams, now Im with one of the best teams in baseball," the outfielder said. "I just want to be here to help out the guys in any way possible, be a veteran leader and just go out there and play hard. 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His in-close power-play goal got Edmonton within 3-2 midway through the third. "As far as my game goes, its just tough when you lose the game," Hall said. "Thats the main thing. Were searching for wins right nnow, and whatever anyone can do is huge. Dwan Edwards Panthers Jersey. " Stamkos put the Lightning up 1-0 when he beat Devan Dubnyk from the high slot 7:37 into the game. The centre has eight goals and 12 points during a seven-game point streak. After Fedun scored at 10:11, Stamkos gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 advantage on a wraparound goal with 52.7 seconds left in the first. Bishop turned aside all 15 shots he faced in the second. Tampa Bay got the lone goal during the period to go up 3-1 when Tyler Johnson scored from the low shot at 18:33. "Youre not always going to be pretty," Bishop said. "Youve got find ways to win when youre not at your best." Valtteri Filppula added an empty-net goal for Tampa Bay with 1:05 to play. The Lightning are 6-0-0 against Western Conference teams this season. "You can never be disappointed after a win," Cooper said. "Im glad for the two points. Just a little rattled about the way we ended up coming out with them." NOTES: Tampa Bay starts a three-game road trip against Atlantic Division foes Saturday at Detroit. The Lightning will also play at Boston and Montreal. "I think it will be a big test," Stamkos said. ... Edmonton LW Jesse Joensuu (back), D Anton Belov (lower back) and D Justin Schultz (groin) are all practicing. LW David Perron (neck) could soon resume practicing with the team. ... Oilers LW Linus Omark played after being recalled from Oklahoma City of the AHL on Wednesday. ... As part of Military Appreciation Night, the Lightning wore camouflage jerseys during the pregame skate. .... Tampa Bay D Matt Carle was plus-4 for the game. ... Edmonton RW Nail Yakupov played just 11:08 and is minus-14 this season, including minus-1 Thursday. 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