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NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Ottawa



(Thursday, December 21st)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Ottawa 2

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Paul Ranger scored his first goal of the season and added an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning down the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, at Scotiabank Place.

Martin St. Louis, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also lit the lamp for Tampa Bay, which has won two in a row since dropping four straight. Marc Denis faced just 18 shots on the night and came up with 16 saves.

"We've had a few struggles in this building before, so it's real nice to get a win here tonight," Ranger said. "We played a real good team game. They're very highly skilled players and they can make plays, so the quicker you get on them, the less time they have to make the plays."

Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette both scored and Ray Emery turned away 26 shots for the Senators, who have dropped three of four.

Ottawa took a 2-1 lead into the final period, but the Lightning closed out the game with three straight markers to capture the win.

Ranger set up the first goal with a long outlet pass to a streaking Fedotenko, who released a wrister from between the circles that beat Emery at the 3:30 mark to knot the game at 2-2.

Tampa drew a faceoff in its opponent's zone several minutes later and cashed in, as Ranger blasted a one-timer from out front that deflected off a defender's stick before finding room in the top-right corner of the net.

Lecavalier iced the contest with an empty-net tally with just under a minute to play.

"I'm disappointed in myself for not coming up with some good saves in the third," said Emery.

The Sens opened up the scoring 2:21 into the second stanza, as Heatley took a cross-crease pass from Daniel Alfredsson and stuffed it into the wide open net.

St. Louis pulled the Lightning even moments later, but Vermette's quick shot from the left circle with 6:07 on the clock gave Ottawa the lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

Game Notes

Ottawa center Jason Spezza sustained a lower body injury in the third period and did not return...Tampa Bay last put together a winning streak with its stretch of three straight triumphs from November 22-26.

12/21 23:28:21 ET


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