Lightning 6, Senators 4

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning had another impressive final period.

Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals as the Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Friday night.

Malone deflected Sami Salo's blue-line slap shot at 3:39 of the third that pulled the Lightning even at 4. Tampa Bay, which has outscored opponents 11-1 in the third this season, took a 5-4 lead when the left wing scored from the low left-circle with 7:02 to play.

"We go back to the game plan of just playing simple hockey," Malone said.

Tom Pyatt extended the lead to 6-4 with a late empty-net goal.

"They're character guys, and they like a great challenge," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.

Matt Carle, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, who started a five-game homestand. Stamkos added two assists, giving him six assists and eight points this year.

Ottawa, which had a season-opening three-game winning streak end, got goals from Erik Condra, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris. Daniel Alfredsson, with two assists, has 45 assists and 68 points in 57 games against Tampa Bay.

"We weren't very good or consistent from start to finish, although we did have the lead twice at two goals," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "The other team flat outplayed us."

The teams combined for five goals over the final 5 1/2 minutes of the second.

After Spezza scored from the left circle on a 4-on-3 power at 14:30 of the second, Karlsson gave the Senators a 3-1 advantage 15 seconds later during a 4-on-4.

Spezza has 19 goals and 42 points over 31 games against the Lightning.

Stamkos followed with his goal 15 seconds after Karlsson scored with both teams still short-handed one skater, but Ottawa regained a two-goal lead when Turris got his fourth goal this season at 17:30.

Hedman then cut the deficit to 4-3 with 1:50 left in the second.

"We let them back in it, and that's the frustrating part," Senators right Chris Neil said.

Unlike the strong third periods, the Lightning have been outscored 10-3 during the second.

"We don't play 200 feet of hockey," Boucher said of his team's middle-period play. "Our attitude is going to change."

Ottawa had not allowed a goal during the second and third in its previous three games this year.

"I didn't particularly like anybody today," MacLean said of his team. "I don't think there's any individuals that were better or worse than others."

Carle stopped a personal 57-game goal drought to put the Lightning up 1-0 during a power play 69 seconds into the game.

Condra scored his first goal in 16 games on a breakaway at 4:11 of the second.

Lightning rookie Cory Conacher had two assists and has a point in all four games (five assists, seven points) this season.

Notes: Tampa Bay C Vincent Lecavalier was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game at the New York Islanders last Monday. Lecavalier, who received several gifts including an engraved silver stick, is the 280th player in league history to reach the milestone. ... It was a battle of tall goalies: Ottawa's Ben Bishop is 6-foot-7, while Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback is 6-6. ... Salo tied a team record by going plus-5 in the game.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:09TBL PPG - Matt Carle (1) ASST: Cory Conacher (4), Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) 1 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
04:11OTT Erik Condra (1) ASST: Chris Neil (1), Sergei Gonchar (2) 1 - 1 Tie
14:30OTT PPG - Jason Spezza (2) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (2), Sergei Gonchar (3) 2 - 1 OTT
14:45OTT Erik Karlsson (3) ASST: Milan Michalek (3), Kyle Turris (1) 3 - 1 OTT
15:00TBL Steven Stamkos (2) ASST: Sami Salo (2), Martin St. Louis (3) 3 - 2 OTT
17:30OTT Kyle Turris (4) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (3), Kaspars Daugavins (1) 4 - 2 OTT
18:10TBL Victor Hedman (1) ASST: Steven Stamkos (5), Martin St. Louis (4) 4 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
03:39TBL Ryan Malone (2) ASST: Sami Salo (3), Cory Conacher (5) 4 - 4 Tie
12:58TBL Ryan Malone (3) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (4), Victor Hedman (1) 5 - 4 TBL
19:18TBL EN - Tom Pyatt (2) ASST: Steven Stamkos (6) 6 - 4 TBL
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:38
Sami Salo
Sami Salo
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 5TOI: 21:28
Kyle Turris
Kyle Turris
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:29
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:35OTT Milan Michalek  Hooking against  B.J. Crombeen
03:53OTT Peter Regin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:09OTT Chris Phillips  Interference against  Ryan Malone
15:09OTT Erik Karlsson  Interference against  Benoit Pouliot
18:10TBL B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
18:10OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
2nd Period
12:56TBL Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Chris Neil
13:37OTT Chris Neil  Interference against  Victor Hedman
14:20TBL Brian Lee  Elbowing against  Peter Regin
3rd Period
03:52TBL Keith Aulie  Interference against  Chris Neil
19:50TBL Keith Aulie  Roughing against  Erik Condra
19:50TBL Keith Aulie  Roughing against  Erik Condra
19:50TBL Keith Aulie  Misconduct (10 min)
19:50TBL Adam Hall  Misconduct (10 min)
19:50OTT Mark Borowiecki  Roughing against  Adam Hall
19:50OTT Erik Condra  Roughing against  Keith Aulie
19:50TBL Adam Hall  Roughing against  Erik Condra
19:50OTT Mark Borowiecki  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/4
Faceoff Wins3439
Blocked Shots1419
Penalty Minutes2937
3M. MethotD0000025:43
4C. PhillipsD00-30220:02
7K. TurrisC1102017:29
9M. MichalekL0112220:50
11D. AlfredssonR02-32015:54
13P. ReginC000528:36
14C. GreeningC0011015:44
15Z. SmithC00-21013:14
18J. O'BrienC00-2208:47
19J. SpezzaC10-14020:42
22E. CondraR1014211:17
23K. DaugavinsL01-31010:12
25C. NeilR0114713:37
33J. SilfverbergR0002015:10
55S. GoncharD02-32021:19
61A. BenoitD0000013:36
65E. KarlssonD1013227:11
74M. BorowieckiD00111212:17
30B. Bishop2530.83359:44
2E. BrewerD0001019:57
3K. AulieD00-231613:14
4V. LecavalierC0130018:51
6S. SaloD0251021:28
11T. PyattC1011013:45
12R. MaloneL2024016:38
15B. LeeD00-22211:36
16T. PurcellL0002214:47
18A. HallR00011213:30
19B. CrombeenR0000511:10
25M. CarleD1002023:12
26M. St. LouisR0203022:25
44N. ThompsonC0004015:12
47M. BergeronD010105:28
67B. PouliotL00-10011:33
77V. HedmanD1132021:31
89C. ConacherC0211016:13
91S. StamkosC1203023:50
39A. Lindback3236.88959:56