NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Ottawa|
(Saturday, January 5th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 3 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher scored with 1:43 left in overtime,
as the Ottawa Senators rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to defeat the
Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, at Scotiabank Place.
In the extra session, Fisher side-stepped Tampa Bay defenseman Brad Lukowich
at the left circle and fired a wrister through the five-hole of Johan
Randy Robitaille scored a pair and for the Senators, who have won two
straight. Dany Heatley also tallied and Ray Emery stopped 16-of-19 shots to
earn the win.
"At the end of the first period they had got two goals on us, so the coaches
switched it up and put (Daniel) Alfredsson with my line," said Fisher. "We've
played good late in games, but the second goal by Robitaille really gave us a
boost. We hadn't played good overall to that point, but we played a good third
Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each posted a goal and an assist for
Tampa Bay, which has dropped a season-high seven straight. Holmqvist, making
his first start since December 27th, allowed four goals on 27 shots in defeat.
"We can't wallow in self pity," said Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella. "We just
have to find a way to complete a game. You have to look for encouragement in
this game. We did some good things and improved on some things. We have to get
better at the details."
Trailing 3-2 after two periods, the Senators knotted the game at three at 4:26
of the third. Holmqvist attempted to send the puck around the boards, but it
was slowed up after hitting a broken stick in the left corner. Jason Spezza
gathered the disc and quickly threw it into the middle, where Heatley roofed
it over Holmqvist.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring when Vaclav Prospal worked the puck down low to
St. Louis, who elevated a backhander over the left shoulder of Emery at 5:43
of the first. The goal was set up by Lecavalier's hard work along the boards.
Lecavalier gave the Lightning a 2-0 advantage with 8:43 remaining. Emery
stopped Paul Ranger's shot, but Lecavalier collected the rebound in the
slot, slipped the puck between his legs, pulled it to the backhand and beat
Emery on the glove side.
Robitaille, off a nice drop pass courtesy of Fisher, fired a dart from the
left circle over the glove of Holmqvist in the final minute of the opening
stanza to trim the deficit to 2-1.
In the second period, Ottawa turned the puck over at its own blue line and
Tampa Bay took full advantage, restoring a two-goal cushion. Brad Richards
quickly dished to Jason Ward, who was positioned near the left wall. Ward then
centered the puck to a streaking Jan Hlavac, who finished the play by tucking
the disc past the right pad of Emery at the 3:38 mark.
Ottawa closed within one, 3-2, when Robitaille snapped a well-placed wrister
from the bottom of the right circle over the left shoulder of Holmqvist with
3:53 remaining in the second.
This was the first of three meetings in 19 days...Ottawa is 20-4-1-1 in its
last 26 meetings against Tampa Bay...The Lightning have dropped 10 of their
last 11 away from home...The Senators are the only NHL team to have three
players with 50 or more points on the season: Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson
(55) and Spezza (52)...Fisher has recorded an assist in three straight games
and extended his point streak to seven games (seven goals, three
assists)...St. Louis has scored in three straight contests...Lecavalier has
registered three goals and seven points during his four-game point
streak...Prospal now has a six-game point streak (three goals, seven
assists)...Before the game, Tampa Bay recalled forward Kyle Wanvig from
Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
01/05 23:58:48 ET