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Post-game report: Ottawa 5 Tampa Bay 2

Thursday, 27.04.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Post-game report: Ottawa 5 Tampa Bay 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - So much for the Ottawa Senators being vulnerable in the first round of the NHL playoffs because of rookie goaltender Ray Emery.

Emery stopped 30 shots and Martin Havlat scored for the fourth straight game Thursday night, leading the Eastern Conference's top seed to a 5-2 victory that pushed the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning to the brink of elimination.

The Senators lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can close it out by winning Game 5 in Ottawa on Saturday night.

To stay alive, the Lightning have to win three straight games against an opponent they have only beaten three times in 24 meetings over the past five seasons.

Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists for Ottawa, while Jason Spezza, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil each scored a goal.

Havlat, who assisted on Heatley's goal, has eight points in the series after missing 58 regular season games with a dislocated shoulder.

Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards scored in the opening period for Tampa Bay, which sputtered after a strong start. Goalie John Grahame allowed four goals in 17 shots after giving up five in 20 shots in a lopsided loss in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Despite being dominated during the 8-4 loss in Game 3, Lightning coach John Tortorella said after the game he felt his team had gotten to Emery with three third-period goals and called the rookie Ottawa's "weak spot."

That certainly wasn't the case Thursday night.

The Lightning's first goal glanced off St. Louis just as the Tampa Bay star was pushed into Emery in front of the net. The rookie stopped 19 shots during the last two periods, giving his teammates a chance to take control of the game.

The Senators struck first when Speeza took a pass from Heatley and deked Tampa Bay's Dimitry Afanasenkov to get a clear shot at Grahame from the slot. The goal gave the Ottawa center points in all four games of the series, but hardly slowed down the Lightning.

St. Louis' fourth goal of the series tied it 5 minutes later, and Richards' second put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1 with 3:45 remaining in the opening period and gave a sellout crowd of 20,682 hopes of evening the series.

That chance evaporated in the second period.

Phillips tied it early in the period, and the Senators scored twice in 40 seconds for a 4-2 lead with 2:10 left. Havlat flicked a pass through the crease for an assist on Heatley's power-play goal that snapped the tie, then gave Ottawa some breathing room with the last goal against Grahame.

Sean Burke replaced Grahame and gave up Neil's goal less than 2 minutes into the third.

Notes: Tampa Bay LW Chris Dingman was scratched and replaced by RW Rob DiMaio. Dingman gave the Senators a 7-minute power play in Game 3 by drawing penalties for instigating and fighting. When asked if that was why Dingman sat out, Tortorella said: "Yes." ... Ottawa C Mike Fisher was in the lineup despite swelling near his right eye. He was cut below the eye when he was hit by a shot in Game 3.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06