Senators Lose 6-4 to Lightning

With the injury to Guillaume Latendresse, Coach Paul MacLean decided to shuffle his lines a bit before this evening’s game.  Zack Smith was promoted to the second line left wing position, while Peter Regin was put between Neil & Greening on the third line and Kaspars Daugavins slotted in beside Jim O’Brien & Erik Condra on the fourth.

After a touching ceremony for Vincent Lecavalier’s 1000th game, the Lightning were able to keep the positive vibes going when Milan Michalek was called for hooking just 35 seconds into the game.  34 seconds later, Matt Carle roofed a puck up and over Ben Bishop during a scramble in front and it was 1-0 Lightning.  The Senators would then spend the rest of the period killing off 3 other penalties, but were still able to manage a Peter Regin breakaway (stopped) and a Chris Neil pummeling of B.J. Crombeen.

The two teams lit up the scoreboard in the second .  First, on a beautiful passing play, Sergei Gonchar cleared the zone with a crisp pass to Chris Neil, who quickly saw Erik Condra breaking along the wing.  A short skate and snap shot later, it was 1-1.  Then, on a 4 on 3 power-play, Jason Spezza’s snapshot found its way in to make it 2-1 Sens. 15 seconds later,  Milan Michalek found Erik Karlsson, who’s shot was deflected by Victor Hedman and past Lindback; 3-1 Sens. But yet another 15 seconds later, Steven Stamkos beat a sprawling Ben Bishop and the lead was cut to 1 again.  Not done yet. Kaspars Daugavins, Daniel Alfredsson and Kyle Turris completed a gorgeous tic-tac-toe passing play to regain the 2 goal lead, but it was quickly followed by a Victor Hedman slapshot that beat a screened Bishop. 4-3 after 2 periods, 5 goals in under 4 minutes, 6 goals in the 2nd frame altogether. Wow.

It didn’t take long for the Lightning to tie it in the third.  After Ben Bishop and Chris Phillips couldn’t decide who should take the puck, Cory Conacher swooped in and passed it out to Sami Salo,  Salo’s shot was redirected by Ryan Malone and it was 4-4.  Later on in the period, a shot by Victor Hedman deflected off Vincent Lecavalier and right to Ryan Malone, who shot it in the empty net and just like that, the Lightning had a 5-4 lead. A Tom Pyatt empty-netter was all she wrote as the Senators are no longer undefeated, losing 6-4 to the Lightning.

A sloppy, but entertaining game, that certainly showed that the Senators still have a lot to work on.

Paul MacLean (audio)


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