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Bolts Win Fifth-Straight in 5-4 Decision Over Ottawa

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Missy Zielinski - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Bolts Win Fifth-Straight in 5-4 Decision Over Ottawa
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Ottawa Senators 4
Three Stars of the Game
Teddy Purcell
1st
Teddy Purcell
RW
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:31
Ales Hemsky
2nd
Ales Hemsky
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:15
Victor Hedman
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:52

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators may have threatened in the final minute of play, but in the end the Tampa Bay Lightning secured points in their seventh straight game for the first time this year with Thursday's 5-4 victory at Canadian Tire Centre.

"We keep getting two points, so these wins are picture-perfect to me," head coach Jon Cooper said. "You can look at it however you like, but we have two more points than we did two and a half hours ago."

It also lifted the Lightning to their fifth consecutive victory during a crucial juncture in their campaign. In those five wins, 13 different Bolts have recorded a goal, as the team is seeing balance spread among the lines.

"You can't rely on the same guys day-in and day-out," Cooper said. "We keep getting goals from different players and we've buckled down on defense when we've needed to."

The Lightning owned three separate leads through the first two periods, but the Senators evened the score on each occasion. Back-to-back goals in the third period from Eric Brewer and Ryan Callahan gave the Bolts a two-goal cushion, which Ottawa attempted to match again. The Senators fell short of tying the game late, despite being 6-on-4 with a power play to end the game.

"We held them to 11 shots in the third and got the two goals we needed," Cooper said. "You have to give credit to [Ben] Bishop in the third. You need your goalie to make the big saves and that's what he did in the end."

The Lighting took an early lead when Teddy Purcell scored on his first shot of the contest 23 seconds in. Purcell, who was moved up to the top line, found instant chemistry with Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson. It was Purcell's first goal after a 19 game drought.

"I felt this was coming for me," Purcell said. "It's always tough when the chances are coming for you and you don't score, but you have to remain positive. When you see one go in it keeps momentum going for you in the right direction."

Midway through the first, Clarke MacArthur scored the Senators' first tally shorthanded to even the game at one. Purcell notched his second goal of the period less than two minutes later to re-gain the lead. Victor Hedman fed the pass to Purcell in front of Robin Lehner's cage for the wrister at 12:38.

Then a barrage of penalties on both sides, which totaled seven by the end of the period, caused the Lightning to lose focus and led to another game-tying goal from the Senators.

Erik Karlsson was credited with his first of the evening, when he scored immediately following a face-off win by Jason Spezza with seven minutes to go in the first

"It took the flow out of the game," Purcell said. "We had to do a better job of staying out of the box after the first period."

The two clubs exchanged goals again by the end of 40 minutes of play. Valtteri Filppula tied a career-best for goals with his 23rd of the season on the power play at 5:43, while Ales Hemsky notched a highlight reel goal to knot things at three with 2:28 remaining in the second. Hemsky put the puck behind him and through his legs to beat Radko Gudas and then made a nice move in front of the crease to put the puck past Ben Bishop.

Brewer's first goal of the season, followed by Callahan's eventual game-winner, moved Tampa Bay ahead by two with eight minutes remaining in the game, but Milan Michalek made it 5-4 at 17:08. Although the Senators put the extra attacker on the ice for a 6-on-4 advantage on a power play with 55.1 seconds left, Bishop stood tall to secure the victory.

UP NEXT – Tampa Bay heads to Pittsburgh tonight and will have a day in between their matinee game versus the Penguins Saturday. The contest will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs, as the Lightning have lost both prior games, while being outscored 8-4. After closing out their three-game road swing against the Pens, the Bolts return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for games against the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders Monday and Thursday.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:23
TBL
Teddy Purcell (11) ASST: Victor Hedman (33), Tyler Johnson (23)
1 - 0 TBL
10:44
OTT
SHG - Clarke MacArthur (21) ASST: Kyle Turris (27)
1 - 1 Tie
12:38
TBL
Teddy Purcell (12) ASST: Victor Hedman (34), Tyler Johnson (24)
2 - 1 TBL
13:07
OTT
PPG - Erik Karlsson (18) ASST: Mike Hoffman (2), Jason Spezza (39)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
05:43
TBL
PPG - Valtteri Filppula (23) ASST: Ondrej Palat (29), Sami Salo (12)
3 - 2 TBL
17:32
OTT
Ales Hemsky (11) ASST: Milan Michalek (20)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
03:48
TBL
Eric Brewer (1) ASST: J.T. Brown (12), Alex Killorn (22)
4 - 3 TBL
11:58
TBL
PPG - Ryan Callahan (13) ASST: Ondrej Palat (30), Sami Salo (13)
5 - 3 TBL
17:08
OTT
Milan Michalek (13) ASST: Erik Karlsson (46), Jason Spezza (40)
5 - 4 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:34
OTT
Erik Condra  Tripping against  Michael Kostka
08:35
TBL
Matthew Carle  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
10:32
OTT
Milan Michalek  Holding against  Tyler Johnson
13:04
TBL
Nate Thompson  Tripping against  Ales Hemsky
15:33
OTT
Cody Ceci  Hi-sticking against  J.T. Brown
19:06
OTT
Clarke MacArthur  Cross checking against  Alex Killorn
19:35
TBL
Ryan Callahan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Robin Lehner
2nd Period
04:57
OTT
Bobby Ryan  Interference against  Ryan Callahan
19:26
TBL
Ryan Callahan  Hi-sticking against  Mika Zibanejad
3rd Period
07:41
OTT
Clarke MacArthur  Roughing against  Radko Gudas
07:41
TBL
Radko Gudas  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
11:04
OTT
Zack Smith  Slashing against  Ryan Callahan
19:04
TBL
Ryan Callahan  Slashing against  Erik Karlsson
goalie stats
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
33-11-6
SA: 31TOI: 59:53
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 2
Robin Lehner
Robin Lehner
7-14-5
SA: 28TOI: 58:09
Saves: 23EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .821SH: 2 - 2