Senators Lose 3-2 to Lightning

If the Senators were going to face someone they may have an advantage against, tonight was definitely the night for it. Ottawa, on a 4-game losing streak, faced their former teammate Ben Bishop Tuesday night in a must-win scenario for the hockey club. Having scored only 5 goals in their past 4 games (all regulation losses), the Senators needed all the help they could get to break out of their funk.

After a tough opening 7 minutes, the Senators finally righted the ship and took control. At 14:29, Daniel Alfredsson swatted a puck down into the net after Kyle Turris’ shot hit Bishop and deflected into the air. It was the captain’s 9th of the year and 1st in 6 games.

But the Lightning would take the lead early in the second period. First, Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored his 1st NHL goal as he slapped a rebound by Craig Anderson while being tied up by Marc Methot. Then, after a horrific face-off violation call on Peter Regin that gave the Lightning a 2-man advantage, Vincent Lecavalier scored to put Tampa Bay up one.

So it was onto the third period and it didn’t take long for the Senators to tie it. Just 21 seconds into the final frame, Guillaume Latendresse was in the right place at the right time as a bouncing puck landed right in front of him. One whack later and it was 2-2.

But with less than 6 minutes left, Sergei Gonchar was called for hooking Steven Stamkos with one hand on his stick. 16 seconds later, Lecavalier fed Stamkos with a beautiful pass along the goal mouth for his 26th goal of the season and a 3-2 lead. Ottawa was unable to generate anything from that and were handed yet another devastating loss to a non-playoff team.

NOTES:

Ben Bishop made 31 saves in his first matchup against his former teammates.

The Senators have now lost 5 consecutive games, 4 on the road & all in regulation.

Martin St. Louis recorded his 900th NHL point with an assist on Vinny Lecavalier’s PP goal.

Coach Paul MacLean (audio)
https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=006ef3425684f4079895e519b951e663ffe9848486d421c9e

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