Four days following an emotional 1-0 shutout of the Capitals in which Roloson made 34 saves and St. Louis’ overtime winner backstopped the Lightning into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division, the duo was at it again Saturday night.
Roloson stopped 31 of 32 shots and St. Louis scored the game-deciding goal nearly six minutes into the third period to help the Lightning complete a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
Adam Hall also had a goal for Tampa Bay, which rebounded from an 8-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to earn its 10th win in its last 13 games.
“We knew that we had to play our style of hockey,” Hall said. “We knew if we could manage the puck better and try to play deep hockey by getting pucks to the net, we knew we could accomplish more.”
Hall scored for the second time in as many games to erase a one-goal deficit when he sent a shot past Ottawa net minder Brian Elliott at 1:47 of the final period.
Elliott made 25 saves, as the Senators dropped their fifth straight game.
Zack Smith had the lone goal for Ottawa. He broke a 0-0 deadlock to open scoring at 17:25 in the second.
“They played strong and they played aggressively,” Tampa Bay forward Dominic Moore said. “They collapsed on the puck and in front of the net really well.”
The Senators also collapsed in the third period, allowing Tampa Bay to take its first lead of the game four minutes in as St. Louis scored what would be the game-winning tally. The Lightning forward put in Steven Stamkos’ rebound from the side of the crease at 5:43 to beat Elliott and make it 2-1.
“I think it was a matter of getting back to our structure,” Lightning defenseman Brett Clark said. “It was about playing our game and doing what we wanted to do. I think we got away from that a little bit in our last game.”
Tampa Bay won its third straight game, each coming on the road, when trailing after 40 minutes. It came from behind to earn victories on Oct. 13 in Montreal before repeating the cycle Nov. 13 in Toronto and again in Ottawa Saturday.
“When we play to our game plan and stick with it, we’re a tough team to beat,” defenseman Randy Jones added.
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