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Ottawa Senators 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 4 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Ottawa Senators 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 4 FINAL OT
Ottawa Senators 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The way the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning were going, it figured the last shot would decide the game.

``It's two good teams that know how to battle right at the end,'' Tampa Bay's Dave Andreychuk said after Chris Phillips scored from just inside the blue line Monday night to give the Senators a 5-4 overtime victory over the Eastern Conference leaders.

``We showed good character by coming back. But they also did, too. That's the intensity level both teams want going into the playoffs. We've been looking for that, and in our last few games we've been able to get that. It's a good thing.''

The victory gave Ottawa a sweep of the season series. The Senators are 13-2-1 against Tampa Bay the past four years, and outscored the Southeast Division champions 17-9 in four games this season.

The Lightning are 8-2-2 against the second, third and fourth-place teams in the East. They're also at a loss to explain their futility against No. 5 Ottawa, which moved within one point of Toronto and Boston _ the co-leaders in the Northeast Division.

``We got a point, but it's still a loss,'' Tampa Bay's Tim Taylor said. ``Our goals aren't the Eastern Conference anymore. Our goals are the Presidents' Trophy and it looks with just getting a point tonight we won't be able to do it now.''

Tampa Bay began the night tied with Detroit for the overall NHL points lead.

The Red Wings beat Minnesota 5-3 and pulled one point ahead of the Lightning with 105. Detroit has three games remaining, and Tampa Bay has two.

``They're a great hockey team,'' Ottawa's Brian Pothier said of the Lightning. ``Top to bottom, the team is super talented. They've got all the tools. It's great to go out and compete hard against a team like that.''

Daniel Alfredsson became the Senators' career goals leader in the third period and got an assist on the winner after stealing the puck from defenseman Darryl Sydor along the boards.

Ottawa's four-time All-Star scored his 219th goal to pass Alexei Yashin on the Senators' career list early in the third. He then fed Phillips, who had a clear shot at Nikolai Khabibulin and slipped the puck to the left of the Tampa Bay goaltender.

``He made a great pass. I had a lot of time,'' Phillips said. ``Their player was coming out and only about halfway and (Bryan) Smolinski was right in front of the net so it made it really tough for Khabibulin to see it. I watched it go straight in the corner.''

Each team scored twice in the last 3:12 of the third period with Dave Andreychuk getting both of Tampa Bay's tallies, including the goal that made it 4-4 with just 27.9 seconds left in regulation.

Dan Boyle also scored in the third, wiping out a 2-1 lead the Senators took on Alfredsson's goal just 29 seconds into the period.

Marian Hossa, Mike Fisher, and Martin Havlat also scored for Ottawa. Cory Stillman had Tampa Bay's other goal, scoring on a wrist shot from the right circle in the opening period.

Backup Martin Prusek made 24 saves for Ottawa to improve to 3-0 this season against Tampa Bay. Regular starter Patrick Lalime didn't play because of a sprained left knee. He is not expected back until at least this weekend.

``I think we showed a lot of determination to come back and not give up, not to get down, continue to play hard even though this place was just rocking,'' Pothier said. ``It's a fun time. It was like a playoff atmosphere.''

scoring summary
1st Period
12:09
TBL
Cory Stillman (25) ASST: Brad Lukowich (12), Dan Boyle (30)
1 - 0 TBL
19:39
OTT
Martin Havlat (30) ASST: Peter Schaefer (23), Mike Fisher (5)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:29
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (32) ASST: Bryan Smolinski (26), Peter Bondra (23)
2 - 1 OTT
01:23
TBL
Dan Boyle (9) ASST: Martin St. Louis (55), Ruslan Fedotenko (22)
2 - 2 Tie
16:48
TBL
PPG - Dave Andreychuk (20) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (33), Martin St. Louis (56)
3 - 2 TBL
17:13
OTT
Marian Hossa (35) ASST: Wade Redden (26)
3 - 3 Tie
18:51
OTT
Mike Fisher (4) ASST: Martin Havlat (36), Zdeno Chara (23)
4 - 3 OTT
19:32
TBL
Dave Andreychuk (21) ASST: Brad Richards (51), Vincent Lecavalier (34)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
04:00
OTT
Chris Phillips (6) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (48)
5 - 4 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
11:10
OTT
Peter Bondra  Roughing
11:10
TBL
Tim Taylor  Holding
2nd Period
10:55
TBL
Ben Clymer  Hi-sticking
10:55
TBL
Ben Clymer  Hi-sticking
3rd Period
06:10
OTT
Curtis Leschyshyn  Cross checking against  Martin St. Louis
16:07
OTT
Wade Redden  Hooking against  Freddy Modin
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Prusek
SA: 28TOI: 64:00
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 2 - 2
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 36TOI: 63:33
Saves: 31EV: 29 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .861SH: 0 - 0