The Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-2) defeated the Ottawa Senators (3-7-1) 5-3 on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. The Lightning now have points in five consecutive games.
Victor Hedman got the first goal of the game on the power play in the first period, but Connor Brown tied the game early in the second. After Jan Rutta gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead midway through the second, Brady Tkachuk scored with forty-three seconds to go into the second to send this game into the game's final frame tied 3-3.
The Lightning took control of the game in the third period, getting goals from Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli to build a 5-2 lead. Though Logan Shaw scored for Ottawa with sixteen seconds to go, 5-3 would be as close as Ottawa would get as Tampa Bay picked up the win.
Brian Elliott picked up the win in net for Tampa Bay, converting 24 saves on 27 shots against. Matt Murray took the loss for the Senators, going 28-for-32 in net for Ottawa.
The Lightning return to Amalie Arena for a three game homestand that begins on Tuesday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes. Tipoff between the Lightning and Hurricanes on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:00 PM - pregame coverage begins at 6:00 PM on News Radio WFLA.
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