Bolts Hand Ottawa First Loss Of Season

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are seemingly becoming experts at playing the role of spoiler.

Three nights after preventing the Carolina Hurricanes from registering their first win of the season in front of its own home crowd, the Bolts handed the Ottawa Senators its first loss of the year Friday night following a 6-4 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Ryan Malone scored twice, including the game-winner, and Matt Carle, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos each scored for Tampa Bay, which overcame a pair of two-goal deficits on the night.

Tom Pyatt sealed the win for the Lightning with an empty-net tally at 19:18 of the third.

“I thought it was a good game for us tonight,” Hedman said. “We showed great character. Not a lot of lucky goals, but just putting pucks on net and getting rebounds.”

Erik Condra, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris each had goals for Ottawa, which lost for the first time in four games after starting the season with victories in each of its first three games.

The Senators concluded the second half of a back-to-back set after recording a 3-1 victory on Thursday night at Florida, a game in which goaltender Craig Anderson made 25 saves.

With the team back in action on consecutive nights, Ben Bishop started in net on Friday and turned aside 25 of 30 shots.

Ottawa held leads of 3-1 and 4-2 throughout the game, but couldn’t hold off Tampa Bay late in the final period.

“We weren’t consistent from start to finish,” Senators head coach Paul MacLean said. “They flat outplayed us.”

Perhaps that was evident early on, when Carle opened the scoring just 1:09 into the game when he poked a loose puck free from the crease and past Bishop for an early 1-0 lead.

Condra then drew Ottawa even when he beat Lightning netminder Anders Lindback with a wrist shot at 4:11 after taking a feed from Chris Neil.

Lindback finished the game with 32 saves to earn his second win in three starts since joining the Lightning.

A goal from Spezza at 14:30 of the second, while on the power play, sparked not only the Senators, giving them a 2-1 lead, but also a scoring frenzy in which the teams combined for five goals in the final 5:30 of the second period.

Karlsson made it 3-1 when his slap shot from the point found its way through traffic and into the back of the net, but that goal was countered when Stamkos cut the deficit back to one with his second of the year just 15 seconds later.

Two and a half minutes later, at the 17:30 mark, Turris put Ottawa back up by a pair, but much like before, that also quickly dwindled after Hedman brought the score to 4-3 at 18:10 before the sides retreated in for the intermission.

“Our first period wasn’t the best effort, and our second I thought we got it going a little bit,” Turris said. “But in the third, that wasn’t the way we wanted things to go.”

Malone knotted things at four apiece to open the final frame, the first tally of what would be three goals in the final period for Tampa Bay. Malone tipped in Sami Salo’s shot from the point past Bishop at 3:39, and nearly completed the hat trick later in the period, but was stopped with Bishop’s pad.

Tampa Bay, now 3-1-0, has scored a league-best 11 goals in the third period.

Salo finished the night with a game-high plus-five rating, and also had two assists throughout the contest.

Like Salo, Martin St. Louis added two helpers, as did Cory Conacher, who now has registered points in each of his first four career NHL games.

Malone’s second of the night re-established the one-goal lead at 12:58, and Pyatt ended it when his empty-net tally found the back of the net with just 42 seconds to play in regulation.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:09TBL PPG - Matt Carle (1) ASST: Cory Conacher (4), Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:11OTT Erik Condra (1) ASST: Chris Neil (1), Sergei Gonchar (2) 1 - 1 Tie
14:30OTT PPG - Jason Spezza (2) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (2), Sergei Gonchar (3) 2 - 1 OTT
14:45OTT Erik Karlsson (3) ASST: Milan Michalek (3), Kyle Turris (1) 3 - 1 OTT
15:00TBL Steven Stamkos (2) ASST: Sami Salo (2), Martin St. Louis (3) 3 - 2 OTT
17:30OTT Kyle Turris (4) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (3), Kaspars Daugavins (1) 4 - 2 OTT
18:10TBL Victor Hedman (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (5), Martin St. Louis (4) 4 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
03:39TBL Ryan Malone (2) ASST: Sami Salo (3), Cory Conacher (5) 4 - 4 Tie
12:58TBL Ryan Malone (3) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (4), Victor Hedman (1) 5 - 4 TBL
19:18TBL EN - Tom Pyatt (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (6) 6 - 4 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:38
Sami Salo
Sami Salo
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 5TOI: 21:28
Kyle Turris
Kyle Turris
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:29
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:35OTT Milan Michalek  Hooking against  B.J. Crombeen
03:53OTT Peter Regin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:09OTT Chris Phillips  Interference against  Ryan Malone
15:09OTT Erik Karlsson  Interference against  Benoit Pouliot
18:10TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
18:10OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
2nd Period
12:56TBL Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Chris Neil
13:37OTT Chris Neil  Interference against  Victor Hedman
14:20TBL Brian Lee  Elbowing against  Peter Regin
3rd Period
03:52TBL Keith Aulie  Interference against  Chris Neil
19:50TBL Keith Aulie  Roughing against  Erik Condra
19:50TBL Keith Aulie  Roughing against  Erik Condra
19:50TBL Keith Aulie  Misconduct (10 min)
19:50TBL Adam Hall  Misconduct (10 min)
19:50OTT Mark Borowiecki  Roughing against  Adam Hall
19:50OTT Erik Condra  Roughing against  Keith Aulie
19:50TBL Adam Hall  Roughing against  Erik Condra
19:50OTT Mark Borowiecki  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/4
Faceoff Wins3439
Blocked Shots1419
Penalty Minutes2937
3M. MethotD0000025:43
4C. PhillipsD00-30220:02
7K. TurrisC1102017:29
9M. MichalekL0112220:50
11D. AlfredssonR02-32015:54
13P. ReginC000528:36
14C. GreeningC0011015:44
15Z. SmithC00-21013:14
18J. O'BrienC00-2208:47
19J. SpezzaC10-14020:42
22E. CondraR1014211:17
23K. DaugavinsL01-31010:12
25C. NeilR0114713:37
33J. SilfverbergR0002015:10
55S. GoncharD02-32021:19
61A. BenoitD0000013:36
65E. KarlssonD1013227:11
74M. BorowieckiD00111212:17
30B. Bishop2530.83359:44
2E. BrewerD0001019:57
3K. AulieD00-231613:14
4V. LecavalierC0130018:51
6S. SaloD0251021:28
11T. PyattC1011013:45
12R. MaloneL2024016:38
15B. LeeD00-22211:36
16T. PurcellL0002214:47
18A. HallR00011213:30
19B. CrombeenR0000511:10
25M. CarleD1002023:12
26M. St. LouisR0203022:25
44N. ThompsonC0004015:12
47M. BergeronD010105:28
67B. PouliotL00-10011:33
77V. HedmanD1132021:31
89C. ConacherC0211016:13
91S. StamkosC1203023:50
39A. Lindback3236.88959:56