Senators Win 4-0 Over Lightning

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Yet another big game for the Senators on this Day of Love as they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida.  Ottawa began the day sitting in 7th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 64 points, just 2 ahead of 8th place Toronto and 3 in front of 9th place Washington.  Luckily, they seemed to have history on their side as the Senators’ all-time record on Valentine’s Day was 5-0-0 before tonight’s game.   

The Sens got it started early.  Just 1:04 into the first period, Erik Karlsson took a slick backhand pass from Jason Spezza and banked a wrist shot off the crossbar and in to give Ottawa the lead.  Then, it was Craig Anderson’s time to shine.  On a broken 3 on 2, Teddy Purcell was left alone in front of the Senator net.  He received a pass and let a wrist shot go, only to be thwarted by Anderson and an absolutely fantastic 2 pack stack.  That save was amongst 9 others that the Ottawa goaltender was able to stop in an effort to retain the 1 goal advantage during the first 20 minutes. 

Tampa Bay hit the ice for the second period and dominated all facets of play.  The Senators simply couldn’t handle the Lightning pressure and spent most of the frame in their own zone.  That didn’t stop them from increasing their lead however.  After Kyle Turris drew an interference penalty on Pavel Kubina, Jason Spezza’s shot from the point found its way through Mathieu Garon and it was 2-0 Senators after 2. 

The third period brought a scary occurrence.  During a rush towards the Senator net, Martin St. Louis & Erik Karlsson got tangled up and crashed into the end boards.  Both would get up and head to their respective benches, with Karlsson favouring his wrist/hand area.  He would be fine and in fact, mix it up with St. Louis several times throughout the remainder of the frame. 

The Senators would also add to their lead as Jason Spezza took a beautiful pass from Bobby Butler, waited out Mathieu Garon and deposited the puck into an open net to make it 3-0.  And just for good measure, Spezza completed the hat-trick, finally hitting the empty net after about 33 attempts for his 4th career 3-goal game and a 4-0 Senator victory.

Craig Anderson made 28 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season.  Jason Spezza finished the night with 4 points, while Bobby Butler & Erik Karlsson had 2 apiece.  Ottawa is now a perfect 6-0-0 on Valentine’s Day.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Spezza, Anderson, Phillips & Butler (video)


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