NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Tampa Bay
(Friday, October 21st)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dominik Hasek made 23 saves, as Ottawa remained undefeated with a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Dany Heatley, Peter Schaefer and Chris Neil all had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who extended their best start in franchise history by winning their sixth straight game (6-0-0). Daniel Alfredsson also scored in the win.
Dimitry Afanasenkov tallied the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning, who have lost five straight games to Ottawa.
John Grahame stopped 25-of-29 shots for Tampa Bay, which is a dismal 2-15-1 in the last 18 meetings and has not defeated the Senators since March 1, 2003.
"It's a good team to beat," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray. "You want to beat Tampa if you can because they are the champions."
With the game tied at 1-1, Ottawa took the lead early in the second period with a short-handed tally. Alfredsson skated in on a breakaway after picking up a loose puck that ricocheted off the boards, but Grahame came streaking out of his crease where he made a diving save. The puck, though, sat right in front of the sprawled out Grahame and Heatley's slap shot sailed over the net.
However, Alfredsson, continued to charge in on the play, got the rebound and stuffed the puck into the net for a 2-1 edge 3:43 into the frame.
Alfredsson has six goals this season.
The Senators seized a two-goal lead as they took advantage of a 3-on-1 break with 17:45 left in the game. Jason Spezza skated down the left side and fed a cross-ice pass to Heatley, who one-timed a slapper into the goal.
Schaefer's breakaway goal with just under 11 minutes left made it 4-1 and capped the scoring.
Ottawa grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:53 into the contest as Schaefer took a shot from the left side that was saved by Grahame. However, the netminder could not control the rebound and Neil poked the loose puck into the net for his fourth goal of the year.
Tampa Bay tied the game midway through the period as Afanasenkov took a pass from Darryl Sydor and skated in the zone before wristing a shot from the right circle that beat Hasek for the equalizer.
Ottawa was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Lightning failed to convert on any of their seven chances with the extra skater...Hasek, who recorded his 300th career win earlier this year, is 5-0 this season...Spezza had a pair of assists...The Senators are 3-0 on the road, while Tampa Bay fell to 2-2-1 in its own building...Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier played in his 476th career game, which is a team record.
10/21 22:44:18 ET