NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Tampa Bay
(Thursday, April 8th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Teddy Purcell scored the lone goal in the shootout, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Purcell was Tampa Bay's third shooter and used a forehand-to-backhand move and lifted the puck over Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott's left pad. The game ended after Mike Fisher's attempt at an equalizer was no good.
Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis tallied a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who had lost four of five. Mike Smith stopped 35 shots and then all three shootout chances to notch the victory.
"It was nice; we came out to a big lead," Stamkos said. "We're coming out for pride the last couple games, and we'll come out hard and show the fans that we mean business."
Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who are guaranteed the fifth seed in the East after Pittsburgh beat the Islanders on Thursday. Ottawa's opponent in the first round will be either New Jersey or Pittsburgh -- whichever team does not win the Atlantic Division.
Elliott made 26 saves in defeat.
"I thought once of the physical play picked up, we really started to play much better," said Senators head coach Cory Clouston. "If you give up three straight goals, no momentum on our side -- I thought once we started being more involved physically, emotions got going, and we started competing a lot harder."
Trailing by three midway through the game, the Senators rallied to tie the score.
Nick Foligno got Ottawa on the board with the first of the team's three power- play goals at 12:44, and Spezza brought the visitors within one while on the man advantage with his 23rd goal of the year at 18:42.
Fisher completed the comeback 4:16 into the third with another power-play score. Spezza held the disc at the center point and dished down low to Daniel Alfredsson, who passed across the ice for Fisher, who one-timed the puck into the net.
Ottawa had another power play moments later but couldn't convert, and neither team had any major chances in overtime.
St. Louis opened the scoring 8:01 into the game on a backhander from in close that beat Elliott on the short side, and Purcell's power-play marker with 28 seconds left in the opening period pushed Tampa Bay's lead to 2-0.
On another man advantage 3:33 into the second, Stamkos made it 3-0 with his 48th of the year. St. Louis faked a slapshot from the right circle and slid the puck to Stamkos on the left, and Stamkos fired the disc into a wide-open net.
Stamkos is tied with Washington's Alex Ovechkin for second place in goals scored...Ottawa finished its season 18-21-2 on the road and will conclude its regular season Saturday at home versus Buffalo...The teams split the four-game season series...The teams combined for 62 penalty minutes.
04/09 00:21:49 ET