Lightning Drop Overtime Decision to Ottawa
Tampa Bay Opens Road Trip With One Point
It was overtime, a nemesis for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, that proved their undoing again, as Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators scored with 2:38 gone in the extra stanza to defeat the Lightning 3-2 at Scotiabank Place tonight.
Up until that point, it was an evenly played contest with the goals coming bunched together and special teams responsible for all the scoring.
Lightning defenseman Cory Murphy opened the scoring at 2:37 of period one while Ottawa defenseman Brendan Bell sat in the penalty box for tripping. Skating with the man advantage, Vincent Lecavalier
feathered the puck to Murphy, standing just inside the blue line. His shot zipped past Senator goaltender Brian Elliott. Martin St. Louis
also was credited with an assist on the power play goal.
“It was good to get a goal early,” Murphy said. “I was just trying to get the puck on the net with people in front. It doesn’t have to be hit hard; it just has to get there.”
It got there, and Tampa Bay was up 1-0, albeit for a brief period of time.
Just over two minutes later it was the Senators turn to score on the power play while Lightning defenseman Noah Welch was called for hooking. Ryan Shannon, standing to the left of Tampa Bay netminder Karri Ramo, converted a pass from Jason Spezza to knot the score, 1-1. For Spezza, the assist marked his 400th career point.
For much of the remainder of the opening stanza, the Lightning were forced to skate short-handed as they were whistled for a total of 22 penalty minutes in the period, including a 10-minute misconduct awarded to Evengy Artyukhin. In the course of all the penalty calls, Ottawa enjoyed four consecutive extra-man opportunities, but were unable to capitalize any further.
In period two, the official’s whistle final sounded for Ottawa when Christoph Schubert was sent to the penalty box for tripping. In an unusual turn, before Schubert was done serving his minor penalty, two goals would be on the scoreboard; a shorthanded score by Ottawa followed by a power play goal by Tampa Bay.
The Ottawa goal was scored when forward Chris Kelly converted a pass from Daniel Alfredsson as they skated in 2-on-1 on Ramo.
Thirteen seconds later, with the Tampa Bay power play still underway, Adam Hall
re-tied the score at 2-2 when his odd-angled shot from almost along the goal line bounced through Elliott’s pads and into the Ottawa net. The goal was Hall’s fifth for the season and was assisted by Artyukhin and Lukas Krajicek.
From that point on through the final buzzer ending the third period, the game was in the hands of the goaltenders and Ramo and Elliott matched each other save for save.
Early in the four-on-four overtime period, Tampa Bay had an outstanding opportunity to grab the win as Lecavalier, St. Louis and Murphy skated into the Ottawa zone on a 3-on-1. As Lecavalier skated down the left side his cross-ice pass bounced over St. Louis’ stick and the Lightning came up empty.
But Ottawa didn’t when their opportunity came.
Senator defenseman Chris Phillips fired a shot from the right point that Ramo handled, but the rebound slipped just far enough away for a charging Fisher to collect and send under Ramo for the winning goal.
Ramo finished with 24 saves on 27 Ottawa shots while the Lightning produced 24 shots on net with Elliott handling 22 of them.
So while Tampa Bay opened their three-game road trip by grabbing a point in Ottawa, there is no time to contemplate the extra point that got away, as the Lightning move on to face the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.
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