Revenge is a dish best served cold, and tonight the Tampa Bay Lightning served up a helping to the Ottawa Senators, on ice.
But, the Bolts needed less than five minutes to get goal number three, as a poor clearing attempt by Elliott, set the stage for Ryan Malone’s eighth goal of the year, a wraparound that beat the Ottawa netminder to his left. Hale and Alex Tanguay earned assists; the second of the game for Hale.
The Lightning closed out the second period outshooting the Senators by a 14-4 margin.
If Ottawa was going to mount a surge in the final period to get back into the contest, it would have begun early in the final period when Senator forward Milan Michalek broke in alone on Smith while the Lightning were on a power play. Michalek, who scored two shorthanded goals in the previous meeting between these clubs, was stopped by Smith’s right pad.
Instead, Stamkos put the game out of reach with his second power play goal of the game at 7:09 when he unleashed a blast into the upper left corner of the Ottawa net. Lecavalier picked up his second assist of the game on the goal along with Ryan Malone.
There was no cruising for the Lightning tonight as they continued their attack, netting their fifth goal of the game at 9:29. After some pinpoint passing in front of the Senator net, Alex Tanguay put an end to his goal drought when he slid the puck under Elliott for his first score as a member of the Lightning. Stamkos and Malone assisted, each claiming their third point of the game.
Ottawa broke Smith’s shutout attempt and with two scores late in the third, but by then the Lightning had matters well in hand.
For the Lightning, now 4-3-3, the slate is wiped clean after a difficult loss in Ottawa.
“We used that previous game as motivation,” Stamkos explained. “They spanked us pretty good but I think we got them back tonight.”
And any way you look at it, revenge is sweet.
BOLT NOTES: With two goals tonight, Stamkos is now tied for third in the NHL…the Bolts had five skaters with multiple points tonight…Smith stopped 21 of 23 shots…The Lightning finished with 21 hits, lead by Kurtis Foster and Mattias Ohlund, each with four…tonight was the 10th annual “Lightning Fights Cancer” night and the Bolts are 10-0 on those nights…the Lightning conclude their homestand on Saturday vs. the New jersey Devils.
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