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 Holmqvist.
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 period."
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