NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Tampa Bay|
(Tuesday, April 9th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Ottawa 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Stevan Stamkos scored the game-winning goal with
5:04 left in the final period to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win
over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
A Sergei Gonchar penalty put the Lightning on the power play with 5:20 left.
Tampa Bay got the puck into the Ottawa zone. Martin St. Louis passed the disc
to Vincent Lecavalier to the right of the goal. Stamkos darted to the net and
pounded home a feed from Lecavalier.
Lecavalier and Pierre-Cedric Labrie added one tally apiece, and St. Louis
finished with two assists for the Lightning, who had dropped two straight
entering the contest. Ben Bishop made 31 saves in his first game against his
former team in the triumph.
"That was a great feeling," Bishop said. "It was nice that it was against my
old team. I wanted to get the two points for the team. It's not about me
versus them at all."
Daniel Alfredsson and Guillaume Latendresse both lit the lamp for Ottawa,
which remains in sixth place with 44 points despite the loss.
"The penalties are the penalties," MacLean said. "They were penalties. This
time of year, you have to take hits to make plays and you have to expect that
you're going to get hit and you can't just retaliate and take penalties. That
puts your team in a bad spot. A number of the penalties we took tonight we
didn't have to. I don't think we conducted ourselves with enough discipline to
stay away from the penalty trouble."
Craig Anderson made 21 saves in the setback.
Alfredsson put the Senators on the board with a tip-in with just over five
minutes remaining in the first period. Kyle Turris' shot was stopped by
Bishop, but Alfredsson batted the rebound out of the air and into the net to
give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Labrie notched the first goal of his NHL career 2:35 into the middle session
to tie the game.
Lecavalier netted a power-play goal nearly two minutes later to put Tampa Bay
up 2-1. Teddy Purcell's shot from the point was turned away by Anderson, but
Lecavalier was there to clean up the rebound for his ninth goal of the season.
Latendresse's power-play goal 21 seconds into the third tied the game at 2-2.
Tampa Bay trails the New York Rangers by six points for the final spot in the
Eastern Conference with nine games remaining ... The Lightning will host
the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday ... Turris had two assists ... The
Senators will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday ... Bishop was
acquired from Ottawa at the trade deadline.
04/10 00:44:33 ET