Monday, 03.05.2012 / 6:11 PM
It’s the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. Ottawa has taken each of the first three matchups on the year, scoring four goals in each and outscoring Tampa Bay 12-3 in that span. The teams most recently met just two weeks ago on Feb. 14 when the Senators received a 28-save effort from Craig Anderson to post a 4-0 shutout against the Bolts at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The Big Story:
Tampa Bay is riding a four-game win streak and has won five consecutive games at home as the Lightning continue to inch closer to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bolts head into Tuesday’s contest four points behind division-rival Winnipeg for the eighth and final spot in the standings after a Jets victory on Monday night padded their lead in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay returns to home ice to host Ottawa in a one-game stint before traveling to the nation’s capital for a divisional matchup against Washington on Thursday. The Lightning head into Tuesday’s game looking to avoid getting swept in the season series by the Senators, who have won each of the first three meetings. More importantly, however, is what Tampa Bay will be looking to do in the standings, as it aims for its fifth consecutive victory and 70th point, which... The Bolts are coming off back-to-back overtime wins, the latest of which occurred Saturday in Raleigh as Steven Stamkos
’ second of two goals on the night just 2:41 into overtime lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the division-rival Hurricanes. Tim Wallace
also scored his first career NHL goal for Tampa Bay and Teddy Purcell
extended his point streak to a career-high nine games with the game-tying tally coming on a third-period power play. As a result of the victory, Tampa Bay now comes into Tuesday with each of its past eight wins coming by just one goal.
SENATORS – Ottawa wraps up a two-game road swing through the Sunshine State after kicking off the trip Sunday evening in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers. The defeat was the Senators’ second straight, as the team continues to struggle in the goal-scoring department, having scored no more than two goals now in each of their past three games. But unlike its previous two games prior to Sunday in which it scored just once in each contest, Ottawa showed slight improvement against the Panthers, as it managed to score twice in the first period alone to take a 2-0 lead into the remaining 40 minutes. The strong play at both ends only lasted so long, however, as leaky holes in the defense allowed Florida to score three times unanswered in the second, then saw the Panthers tack on an additional score in the final frame to put the game away.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos
leads the NHL with 47 goals and has found the back of the net four times in as many games. Teddy Purcell
continues his hot streak, as he comes in with points in a career-high nine consecutive games, recording six goals and 19 points in that span. For Ottawa, Jason Spezza had an 11-game point streak snapped against the Panthers on Sunday, but nevertheless has registered 22 points in his past 12 contests. Milan Michalek also has two goals and an assist in his past four games.
LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund
(knee, out for the season, placed on Injured Reserve), Dana Tyrell
(knee, out for the season, placed on Injured Reserve), Vincent Lecavalier
(non-displaced hand fracture, out indefinitely), Victor Hedman
(upper body, day-to-day) and Marc-Andre Bergeron
(upper body, day-to-day).
SENATORS – Jesse Winchester (concussion) and Peter Regin (shoulder).
“These guys are doing the impossible. No matter how we do it, it doesn't make a difference. These guys are competitive and they're warriors. And they want the end of their season to mean something. And as we always say, the shame is not in losing, the shame is in not fighting.” – Guy Boucher, on the fight that his team has shown during its recent push towards the playoffs
Tampa Bay defenseman Brian Lee
was recently acquired from Ottawa in exchange for Matt Gilroy after being drafted ninth overall in 2005 by the Senators. Zenon Konopka is in his first year with Ottawa after spending the 2010-11 season with the New York Islanders. Konopka played 81 games with the Bolts during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, leading the league with 265 penalty minutes in 2009-10 while with Tampa Bay. Ottawa's Filip Kuba had 21 goals 47 assists over 156 games with the Lightning in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Ryan Shannon
is in his first season with the Lightning, after accumulating 24 goals and 39 assists in 180 games with the Senators over the past three seasons.