Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nikita Kucherov had the only goal of the
shootout as the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on
Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and B.J. Crombeen all scored in regulation for
the Lightning, who snapped a five-game home losing streak. Ben Bishop gave
up three goals on 36 shots and Victor Hedman posted three assists in the win .
Clarke MacArthur and Erik Karlsson both posted a goal and an assist with
Chris Neil scoring the other goal for the Senators, who have lost three of
their last four. Craig Anderson made 35 stops.
Kucherov scored on the first attempt for Tampa Bay, as he quickly moved to the
forehand and snapped a shot into the left corner. Bishop then made stops on
Mika Zibanejad, Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris for the win.
Tampa Bay got on the board at 14:32 while shorthanded, as an Ottawa defender
couldn't keep the puck in the Senators' end and Johnson picked it up. Flying
down the right wing, he snuck the puck in underneath the crossbar for his 13th
of the year.
Ottawa, though, scored 40 seconds later on the same power play as a slap shot
from the left point by MacArthur was stopped, but the rebound came to the
right side and Karlsson buried it.
The Lightning took the lead back at 3:30 of the second period when a slap shot
from the right point by Hedman was tipped in by Crombeen, but the Sens
answered on the power play at 16:57 of the frame, as MacArthur was all alone
at the right side for an easy goal.
Tampa Bay made it a 3-2 game 5:31 into the third, as Martin St. Louis sent a
sharp pass from the left circle to the low right side and Palat got a stick on
it for the redirect. However, the Sens tied the game again with 2:18 to play
when Neil whacked in a loose puck from the right circle.
Tampa Bay hosts Colorado on Saturday ... Ottawa plays in Carolina on Saturday
... Tampa has won three of its last four games against Ottawa, including a 3-1
decision in Tampa on Dec. 5 ... Ottawa was 2-for-3 on the power play, while
Tampa went 0-for-2 ... Spezza had two assists.
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