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Tuesday, 04.25.2006 / 7:00 PM

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Ottawa Senators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

GAME: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning.

PLAYOFF SERIES: Eastern Conference quarterfinals; tied 1-1.

TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT.

After a lackluster loss in Game 1, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally played like a team out to defend its Stanley Cup championship. Now they will try to do it again.

After taking a game on the road from the top-seeded Ottawa Senators, the eighth-seeded Lightning look to grab a 2-1 series lead as the series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game 3.

Dan Boyle scored the equalizer 5:24 into the third period Sunday and Martin St. Louis got the game-winner less than a minute later to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory.

St. Louis scored twice in the game, flashing the form that earned him league MVP honors in 2003-04. He led the NHL with 94 points that season but managed only 61 this season.

"He's been so much-maligned all year long but (Sunday) his heart was as big as the building, especially in that third period he played," Lightning coach John Tortorella said.

Brad Richards, the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, led the Lightning with 91 points this season and had a goal and two assists Sunday to bring his postseason total to a team-leading four points.

Paul Ranger had two assists for the Lightning, who outshot Ottawa 36-24, including 11-2 in the final period.

John Grahame made 21 saves for his first postseason win in three starts.

"I thought we played good enough, we just needed a little more jam in our play, I felt, from everybody and I thought we got that (Sunday)," St. Louis said. "I think we hated that team a little more tonight and when things like that happen, I think you get a series out of it and that's what we want."

The Lightning, who lost four of their final five regular-season games, didn't appear ready to put up much of a fight in this series after falling 4-1 in Game 1 on Friday. With Sunday's comeback win, though, Tampa Bay snapped its nine-game losing streak to Ottawa that dated to Dec. 4, 2003.

The Senators are making their ninth consecutive playoff appearance, but have advanced beyond the first round in just three of those trips.

Martin Havlat scored for the second straight game and set up Peter Schaefer's third-period goal that gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead, but that advantage lasted just over two minutes before Boyle scored.

Bryan Smolinski also had a goal for the Senators and rookie Ray Emery made 32 saves.

Ottawa center Chris Kelly will be a game-time decision Tuesday after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday's defeat. If Kelly isn't able to go, Tyler Arnason will dress.

The Senators will get a boost from the return of defenseman Wade Redden to the lineup after he missed Game 2 because of the death of his 57-year-old mother Pat to cancer. Redden had 10 goals and 40 assists during the regular season.

"This is something he wants to do," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "It's something his family wants him to do. He's a big plus, obviously. It's a major crisis that happened in his life. He's a young man who's close to his family. He cares so much for this hockey team. I believe he'll come in and do his best."

Game 4 will be Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Senators - 113 points; 1st seed. Lightning - 92 points; 8th seed.

PLAYOFF TEAM LEADERS: Senators - Havlat, 2 goals; Dany Heatley, 3 assists; four with 3 points; Heatley, Zdeno Chara and Patrick Eaves, 4 PIM. Lightning - St. Louis, 2 goals; Richards, 2 assists and 4 points; Fredrik Modin, 6 PIM.

PLAYOFF SPECIAL TEAMS: Senators - Power play: 30.0 percent (3 for 10). Penalty killing: 91.7 percent (11 for 12). Lightning - Power play: 8.3 percent (1 for 12). Penalty killing: 70.0 percent (7 for 10).

GOALTENDERS: Senators - Emery (1-1, 2.54 GAA); Mike Morrison (no appearances). Lightning - Grahame (1-1, 3.03); Sean Burke (no appearances).

series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 29 '06TBL 2 at OTT 3M. Havlat
Apr 27 '06OTT 5 at TBL 2D. Heatley
Apr 25 '06OTT 8 at TBL 4A. Vermette
Apr 23 '06TBL 4 at OTT 3M. St. Louis
Apr 21 '06TBL 1 at OTT 4J. Spezza
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