NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Ottawa
(Thursday, October 15th)
Final Score: Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Milan Michalek recorded the first hat trick of his career, as the Ottawa Senators handled the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Alex Kovalev, Alexandre Picard, and Nick Foligno each scored a goal for the Senators, who finished a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark. Jarkko Ruutu had a goal and two assists, while Daniel Alfredsson added three helpers. Chris Kelly and Anton Volchenkov had two assists apiece. Pascal Leclaire stopped 16- of-17 shots for the victors.
"It's great, it's my first one [hat trick]. To get it here in Ottawa, I'm very happy about that," Michalek said. "To see all the people standing and clapping for me was an awesome feeling."
Ryan Malone had the lone score for the Lightning, who had a brief two-game winning streak snapped. Mike Smith allowed all seven goals on 35 shots.
"This is certainly a team that at the end of year we might be fighting to get into the playoffs," Lightning forward Alex Tanguay said. "Tonight wasn't a very good effort."
The Senators got their offense going at the 4:25 mark of the first period. After Tampa Bay turned the puck over in its own zone, Alfredsson found an open Kovalev in front of the net. Kovalev then chipped the disc into an empty half of the net.
Michalek's short-handed goal at the 10:22 mark of the first gave Ottawa a two- goal margin. Ruutu's shot from the point set up a rebound attempt in front of the net, and Michalek was there to lift the puck past Smith.
After Tampa Bay failed to score on a two-man advantage, Michalek lit the lamp at the 5:41 mark of the second to make it a 3-0 game. Alfredsson lifted a pass that went off the glove of Martin St. Louis and onto the stick of Michalek, setting up a breakaway. Michalek made his way to the net before going to the right and lifting a backhander past Smith.
Just 34 seconds later, Picard's wrister from the left circle found the back of the net for a 4-0 Senators lead. Foligno's wrister from the left circle went through Smith's five-hole with 9:01 left to make it 5-0.
Tampa Bay finally got on the board with 5:34 remaining in the second. St. Louis charged down the left side of the ice to lead a 2-on-1 break for the Lightning. St. Louis dumped the disc off to Malone, who fired a shot past Leclaire.
Michalek completed his hat trick at the 11:39 mark of the third period with a power-play goal. Ruutu's score with 2:59 to go accounted for the final margin.
Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster was back in the lineup Thursday after missing the last four games with a lower-body injury...Ottawa won three of four meetings with the Lightning last year and has taken six of eight overall in the series. Tampa Bay has also dropped three straight, four of five and nine of its last 11 contests in Canada's capital city...The Lightning travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday, while the Senators head to Montreal on Saturday.
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