NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Tampa Bay|
(Thursday, October 29th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Ottawa 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist,
as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at St. Pete
Ryan Malone had a goal and two assists, while Alex Tanguay had a goal and an
assist for the Lightning, who have won two of three. Mike Smith made 21 saves
in the victory.
"I thought we played a really solid game, got out to a big lead," Stamkos
said. "Overall it was a solid effort and we deserved the win."
Alex Kovalev and Jarkko Ruutu had the goals for Ottawa, which has lost three
of four. Brian Elliott let in all five goals on 27 shots.
The Lightning had nearly total control of the contest, scoring all their goals
before the Senators got on the board.
Stamkos got Tampa started with a power-play score at 7:20 of the first period,
when the puck caromed off his stick, then hit the foot of Ottawa defenseman
Filip Kuba before getting past Elliott.
"I think the first goal set the tone for the game," Senators head coach Cory
Clouston said. "You give up an early goal like that it kind of sets the tone
for the game."
Then, 4:34 into the second period, Todd Fedoruk made it a 2-0 game after
finding the puck in a crowd in front of the crease and sliding it across the
Martin St. Louis had an unsuccessful penalty shot midway through the frame,
but Malone's score with 5:12 left put the Lightning up three.
Stamkos' second goal, again on the man advantage, came 7:09 into the third,
after he skated around defenseman Chris Phillips along the right boards and
buried the puck past Elliott.
Tanguay scored 80 seconds later to make it a 5-0 game. Ruutu got Ottawa on the
board at 10:17, and Kovalev tallied four minutes later, but Smith stopped the
remaining shots to seal the win.
Ottawa had won the first meeting between these clubs this season, 7-1, on
October 15...Elliott got the start in place of Pascal Leclaire, who is
battling the flu...The Lightning were 2-for-6 on the power play, while the
Senators were 0-for-3.
10/30 02:10:21 ET