NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, March 24th)
Final Score: Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 2
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley registered two goals and an assist as Ottawa pounded Tampa Bay, 7-2.
Joe Corvo and Christoph Schubert each had a goal and two assists for the Senators, who pulled within five points of Buffalo for first place in the Northeast Division.
Daniel Alfredsson, Patrick Eaves and Dean McAmmond each had a goal and an assist for the Senators. Ray Emery ended with 21 saves, as Ottawa scored the last five goals of the game to win for the sixth time in seven contests.
"I thought we played real solid with lots of energy early and we also had some moments when I was really left wondering but after that I thought we really settled down and moved the puck well and took advantage of our scoring chances," Senators coach Bryan Murray said.
Dan Boyle scored both goals for the Lightning, who hold a slim one-point lead over the Rangers for the sixth seed in the East. Carolina and Montreal, locked in a virtual tie for the eighth spot, are two points behind Tampa Bay.
Lightning goaltender Marc Denis yielded five goals on 23 shots before getting pulled early in the third period.
Ottawa struck just 2:38 into the opening period when Corvo fired a shot from the left point that deflected off the stick of a Tampa Bay player and past Denis.
Boyle tied it with a power play goal with 5:03 left in the first, but the Senators answered just 53 seconds later with Alfredsson's tally. Heatley sent a feed in front of the net that Alfredsson swatted out of midair and past Denis to make it 2-1.
Boyle's second marker of the game tied it exactly three minutes into the second period, but Ottawa responded with the final five goals of the game to win going away.
At the 12:41 mark of the second period, Heatley redirected Corvo's shot from the high slot past Denis to put the Senators up 3-2. Less than two minutes later, the Lightning coughed the puck up in their own zone and Ottawa made them pay as Schubert's one-timer made it 4-2.
"In the second period we had some turnovers that led to penalties and led to goals, and then you're going into the third 4-2 instead of 2-2 and that was the game," Tampa Bay's Brad Richard said. "That changed the whole momentum."
Eaves scored just over two minutes into the third period, and that was all for Denis. Karri Ramo took over for Tampa Bay, but it didn't matter as McAmmond scored at the 5:18 mark and Heatley found the back of the net for the second time with 8:14 remaining.
It was the first career three-point game for Schubert...Ottawa went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Tampa Bay finished 1-for-2.
03/25 02:53:08 ET