A four goal night for the Tampa Bay Lightning defensemen was a big difference as the Bolts go on for a 5-1 win over the reeling Ottawa Senators, who fired their head coach Guy Boucher earlier this week.Tampa Bay returned home following a loss at the Boston Bruins on Thursday night to take advantage of an Ottawa franchise who came into the contest dropping their last six games.
The scoring came quick for a Tampa Bay offensive attack that was near silent against their division rival the game before.Victor Hedman started the scoring for Tampa Bay jumping into the play off a rebound and firing a wrist shot past the glove of Craig Anderson for a 1-0 Tampa lead.Ryan McDonagh joined the defensive scoring party just over a minute following Hedman’s goal to make it a quick 2-0 Tampa Bay lead in the first ten minutes of the game.
Following a Anthony DuClair tally to cut the Tampa Bay lead to 2-1 heading into the second period, the Bolts added another pair of goals off the sticks of Erik Cernak and Nikita Kucherov, who’s 31st goal of the season found the back of the net as it sailed through 4 different players to end up sneaking past an unaware Anderson in net for Ottawa.
Mikhail Sergachev added to Tampa Bay’s lead in the third period with a goal of his own marking the first time in franchise history where four different defensemen scored a goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 36 saves on the night for his 30th win of the season.Five different Tampa Bay players finished with multi-point night’s including Kucherov 31st multi point game of the season.
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The Bolts will host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena.