Sens Win 3-2 (OT) over Lightning

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Whenever the Lightning come to town, their firepower always seems overwhelming.  Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Malone, Gagne….names amongst names.  But the Ottawa Senators have played them tough all year and this game was no different. 

After a first period where the Lightning outshot the Senators 13-3, you would think they dominated play. Well, they were up 1-0 on a Vinny Lecavalier breakaway goal, but the game was much closer than the stats indicated. 

The same flow of play continued through the second.  Once again, it was the Lightning that were able to put the puck in the net.  Dana Tyrell would take a pass and streak down the wing towards McElhinney.  McElhinney would make the initial save but as the puck laid in the crease, it was knocked into the net for a 2-0 Lightning lead.  Things looked grim for this hard-working Senator team, especially when Sergei Gonchar was nowhere to be seen (later learned that he had suffered a concussion) and Jason Spezza left with 14.9 seconds left after taking an elbow from Eric Brewer.

Onto the third period, where Jason Spezza would make his way onto the ice to start the frame.  That would just be the beginning of good things for the Ottawa Senators.  On a TB power-play, Erik Condra would send Ryan Shannon in on a shorthanded breakaway, making a gorgeous deke, and closing the lead to 1.  Then later on, Nick Foligno would deflect a Zack Smith shot from the corner by Roloson and all of a sudden, the game was tied at 2. 

The game would go to overtime and at 3:28, Jason Spezza would receive a pass from Erik Karlsson and in an attempt to deke Roloson, slipped the puck by him to win the game and complete the triumphant comeback. 

The Senators were patient on this night, sticking to the game plan and waiting for their chance to strike.  Once they were down 2 goals, the style of game didn’t look like it would allow them to rally, but they did, and once again showed the never-say-die attitude that they’ve adopted since the player changeover.  Yet another impressive victory for this young club.

Here’s Jason Spezza & Nick Foligno on the big win.

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Also here’s TBay head coach Guy Boucher & Marty St. Louis on the disappointing loss.

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