NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Ottawa
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Ottawa 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Johan Holmqvist made 25 saves to record his second consecutive shutout and third career whitewash, as Tampa Bay shut down Ottawa, 2-0, at Scotiabank Place.
Holmqvist also blanked the Penguins, 3-0, in Pittsburgh on Friday.
It's not all me. It was a strong team effort," said Holmqvist. "The guys played well in front of me. That's what we needed, especially on the road."
Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Lightning, who have won two in a row and four of their last six.
Lecavalier's tally pushed him out of a tie with Calgary's Jarome Iginla and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the NHL's point lead at 64.
Ray Emery allowed one goal on 25 shots in the loss for the Senators, who have dropped three of their last four games. In addition to Dany Heatley missing his fourth game due to a separated right shoulder, Ottawa had to play without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who suffered a hip flexor injury on Thursday against Carolina.
Tampa picked up the game's first goal on the power play with 2:38 to play in the first, as St. Louis knocked home the rebound of Brad Richards' right-point shot.
Early in the second, Holmqvist robbed Chris Phillips off a 2-on-1 short-handed rush, by snatching the puck out of mid-air with his glove while diving forward. He made 12 stops in all to keep the Sens off the board.
Although Ottawa played a more desperate style of hockey in the third period, they only mustered six unsuccessful shots on net.
Lecavalier added the empty-net clincher with 12 seconds to play, his team- leading 29th goal.
"They played more defensively than they did recently," Sens defenseman Wade Redden said of the Lightning's approach. "It seemed their game plan was to play more conservatively. It was just a case that nothing was going in for us. We had our chances to put it past Holmqvist with a couple of two-on-ones. We didn't muster much other than that."
Despite the setback, Ottawa has won 11 of the last 15 matchups...The Senators had not been shutout at home since October 12, 2006, a 1-0 loss to Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames...Tampa has won two of the three meetings this season, with one more game in Tampa on January 24.
01/19 22:42:08 ET