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 nine contests.
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 game."
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 period.
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