|TBL||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|OTT||0||1||3||(0 - 0)||4|
|SA: 33||TOI: 59:57|
|GA: 2||EV: 27-29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4-4|
|SV%: .939||SH: 0-0|
|G: 2||Shots: 2|
|A: 0||Hits: 2|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 2|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 16:26|
|G: 1||Shots: 2|
|A: 1||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 2||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 15:38|
If the recent efforts displayed by the Tampa Bay Lightning are any indication, things are sure to turn around sooner than later.
Tampa Bay outshot its opponent through 60 minutes and outplayed it through the first two periods, but for the second straight game, surrendered a one-goal third-period lead before eventually falling to the Ottawa Senators 4-2 at ScotiaBank Place on Monday night.
“We just wanted to be more consistent,” Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said. “We needed to play the full 60 minutes, but that’s what we were missing. A lot of times we would play 40 minutes, or just play the first [period], but we needed to play a complete game.”Bruno Gervais and Martin St. Louis each had goals for the Lightning, which have now lost four in a row. The winless stretch is Tampa Bay’s longest since it suffered five straight defeats in its first six games to open up the regular season.
Steven Stamkos also added two assists for the Bolts to extend a season-high point streak to seven games.
After Zack Smith helped erase a one-goal deficit for Ottawa with his first of two on the night, St. Louis regained Tampa Bay’s one-goal lead at 3:35 of the final period after beating Craig Anderson up high to finish off a breakaway through the slot.
The Lightning forward now has 799 points throughout his illustrious career. He will try to reach the 800-point milestone tomorrow night in the second half of a back-to-back set tomorrow night on Long Island. Anderson made 31 saves.
After a number of good scoring chances highlighted Tampa Bay’s effort in the first period, the final 11 minutes of regulation eerily resembled a case of déjà vu from Saturday night’s contest against the Rangers.
With Tampa Bay clinging to a one-goal lead midway through the third, Daniel Alfredsson tied things up at two to spark a furious rally that culminated with Smith’s second of the night to cap the scoring.
Much like two nights earlier versus New York, Tampa Bay again allowed three goals in the final frame, all unanswered.
Nick Foligno’s backhander from behind the net broke the 2-2 tie, then stood up as the game-winner with 4:27 to go.
After Alfredsson’s shot on Dwayne Roloson sailed wide of the net, the Senators forward grabbed the rebound and tucked one behind the Lightning net minder’s skate before he was able to get back into position. Smith’s second of the night added insurance to help seal the win for Ottawa.
Ottawa, which had lost four of its past six coming into Monday night, won for just the first time in its past three games.
Monday’s game opened up a stretch that sees the Senators play 11 of the next 15 at home. The long home stand concludes when Ottawa hosts Tampa Bay again Jan. 5.
Bruno Gervais grabbed the Lightning a quick lead nearly eight minutes into the second period with a wrist shot that found its way through traffic before beating Anderson high above the right shoulder.
“It feels good [to score], but we were here for two points,” Gervais said. “That’s all we wanted and we wanted to bring our best game.”
A healthy scratch for the Lightning's last eight games, Gervais’ goal was his first in three weeks and just the second of the season.
Although Tampa Bay applied continuous pressure on the Ottawa goaltender even after the game’s opening goal, Anderson was equal to the task.
First, he made a terrific glove slave on Matt Gilroy’s wrist shot from the slot, then turned back several chances from Stamkos to keep things scoreless. Stamkos received another opportunity to put the Bolts up just moments later, but fanned on a shot in front of a wide-open net from up close.
Roloson stopped 27 of 31 shots on the night for the Lightning, who have not scored more than two goals in a road game since Nov. 6.
|Bruno Gervais (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (12), Marc-Andre Bergeron (18)|
1 - 0 TBL
|Zack Smith (7) ASST: Jared Cowen (2), Kaspars Daugavins (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Martin St. Louis (8) ASST: Steven Stamkos (13)|
2 - 1 TBL
|Daniel Alfredsson (6) ASST: Jason Spezza (16), Craig Anderson (3)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Nick Foligno (8) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (8), Jesse Winchester (5)|
3 - 2 OTT
|Zack Smith (8) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (16), Chris Phillips (7)|
4 - 2 OTT
|Brett Connolly Elbowing against Chris Neil|
|Eric Brewer Hooking against Zack Smith|
|Chris Phillips Tripping against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Sergei Gonchar Hooking against Teddy Purcell|
|Marc-Andre Bergeron Tripping against Chris Neil|
|Zack Smith Hi-sticking against Steven Stamkos|
|SA: 31||TOI: 58:19|
|Saves: 27||EV: 24 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .871||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 33||TOI: 59:57|
|Saves: 31||EV: 27 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .939||SH: 0 - 0|
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