TAMPA, Fla. - Evgeny Artyukhin is best known as a tough guy on the ice. For one night, the Tampa Bay Lightning right wing turned into a game-winning scorer.
Artyukhin scored in the eighth round of a shootout to lead the Lightning past the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.
"I just watched the goalie and tried to shoot low," Artyukhin said. "That worked."
Vincent Lecavalier and Matt Carle scored in regulation for the Lightning, who have won three in a row. Tampa Bay won the shootout 3-2.
Antoine Vermette and Dany Heatley had the Ottawa goals. The Senators completed a four-game road trip at 2-1-1.
"I thought we played a pretty solid game," said Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg. "When it gets to a shootout, you don't know what's going to happen. We did some good things. We've just got to continue to improve our game."
Carle pulled the Lightning even at 2-2 when he broke a personal 40 game goal-scoring drought with 6:12 left in the third. It was his first goal since Dec. 29 against Nashville.
Vermette put the Senators ahead 1-0 on a power-play rebound goal at 8:06 of the second. His first goal in nine games came after Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith stopped a shot from the blue line by Christoph Schubert.
Lecavalier tied it 1-1 from the top of the right circle at 14:09 of the second. The Lightning captain has three goals and five points in his last three games.
Just 39 seconds after Lecavalier's goal, Ottawa went back up 2-1 when Heatley scored from the low slot. He has a goal in three straight games.
Tampa Bay failed to score during a 1:46 two-man advantage early in the third. Ottawa goalie Alex Auld turned aside the two shots he faced over the stretch.
Auld made 32 saves overall.
"I think our game is more where we want it to be," said Auld. "More consistent. We feel that we did a lot of things well, and there's still room for improvement. We've just to keep paying attention to details and the results will follow."
Notes: Senators D Filip Kuba picked up his 12th assist in 11 games this season on Heatley's goal ... Tampa Bay C Ryan Craig played for the first time since hurting his knee in Nov. 2008. He started this season sidelined by a groin injury ... Ottawa D Chris Phillips, bothered by a sore foot, was in the lineup ... D Luke Richardson didn't dress for Ottawa ... The Senators return home to face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet East, Team 1200).