NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Ottawa |
(Tuesday, March 14th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson scored with seven seconds
left in the game to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 defeat of the Tampa Bay
Lightning at Scotiabank Place.
Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists and Jason Spezza chipped in with three
helpers for the Senators, who have won three straight and eight of their last
Ray Emery stopped 23 shots for Ottawa, which has dominated Tampa Bay the last
two seasons and has defeated it in eight consecutive games. The last time
Tampa Bay beat the team from Canada's capital was on March 1, 2003.
Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and Dimitry Afanasenkov scored the other goal
for the struggling Lightning, who have lost six of their last eight games.
John Grahame stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Ottawa was trailing 3-2 going into the final 20 minutes, but tied it up on a
power-play goal. Spezza had the puck down low on the left side of the net and
feathered a pass between a defenders legs to the right side where Heatley
slammed it home 4:19 into the period.
With time winding down in the game, Heatley had the puck at the bottom of the
right circle and fed a pass to Spezza in the high slot. Spezza immediately
sent the puck back down to the right side of the net where Alfredsson
redirected it behind Grahame for the game winner.
"It's nice for us to have a game like that," said Spezza. "You know we had
some penalty trouble early, but Emery played great and we kept the score close
enough. Mez (Andrej Meszaros) got a nice goal at the end of the period and we
played with a lot of emotion in the third and found a way to win the hockey
The Lightning drew first blood in the contest. Vaclav Prospal had the puck
deep along the left boards and fed it to Lecavalier at the left circle.
Lecavalier backhanded a shot from the slot that Emery made a save on, but he
grabbed his own rebound and his second backhander found the back of the net
just 2:18 into the game.
The Senators, though, tied the game up shortly after. While on the power play,
Heatley sent a pass from the left circle to Chris Neil at the right circle.
Neil held the disc for a second and sent a low wrister that went by the right
pad of Grahame 4:42 into the opening period.
Tampa Bay grabbed a 3-1 lead with goals separated by 29 seconds in the second
Prospal brought the puck into the Ottawa zone on a rush and, from the slot,
fed it to Lecavalier at the top of the right circle. Lecavalier let fly with a
slap shot that went between the legs of Emery 4:49 in. Moments later,
Afanasenkov let fly with a blast that went by the glove of Emery for his sixth
goal of the season.
However, Ottawa got one back when a soft wrister from the high slot by
Meszaros bounced in front of the net and hopped over Grahame's right pad with
15 seconds left in the second period.
"That's a tough one, I thought that we played well right on through," said
Lightning coach John Tortorella. "I thought that we played a good second half
of the third period. We'll rebound and they should feel good about the way
that they played, as it was our seventh game in eleven nights against a
quality team and we just have to stay positive."
Tampa Bay hosts Philadelphia on Friday...Ottawa travels to Boston for a game
on Thursday...Play was suspended for several minutes in the second period when
a piece of glass broke loose...Ottawa had a goal called off in the third
period when Chris Kelly banged the puck in with a high stick...Alfredsson
played in his 689th game, which is a new Ottawa record...Prospal has a four-
game point streak (one goal and five assists)...Lecavalier has a five game
point streak (four goals and two assists).
03/15 01:45:00 ET