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
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
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
Trailing by three midway through the game, the Senators rallied to tie the
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
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