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Senators 3, Lightning 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 3, Lightning 2, OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA - Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal 4:17 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Spezza, sidelined the previous two games because of back pain, drove a slap shot past Antero Niittymaki after Tampa Bay's Mattias Ohlund was sent off for holding three minutes into overtime. Spezza also assisted on Daniel Alfredsson's first-period goal, but his first tally of the season couldn't have been more timely.

"It felt good to get it in overtime and get the win," Spezza said afterward. "And to get my first one was nice. I felt pretty good about my game going into tonight. I just wasn't getting any bounces, so it was nice to finally get one."

Mike Fisher also scored for Ottawa (7-4-2) and Pascal Leclaire made 18 saves in the third meeting between the two teams this season, the second in seven days.

Alex Tanguay and Steven Stamkos scored power-play goals for Tampa Bay (5-4-5). The Lightning are 1-1-1 on a four-game trip that included a 2-1 overtime win in Toronto on Tuesday night. Stamkos has 12 goals this season.

Niittymaki stopped 26 shots in his second start in a row.

Stamkos drew the Lightning even at 2-2 when he drove a slap shot past Leclaire 13:40 into the second for Tampa Bay's second power-play goal of the game.

Referee Kerry Fraser waved off a pair of Ottawa goals with under five minutes remaining in the third, including Chris Kelly's high-stick tip with 26.8 seconds left.

A brief video review confirmed Fraser's call.

The official drew the ire of the Scotiabank Place crowd moments earlier when he waved off another apparent go-ahead goal by the Senators with 4:09 remaining.

Fraser ruled that the Lightning gained possession while a delayed penalty was signalled against Tampa Bay's Andrej Meszaros before Filip Kuba put a backhand past Niittymaki. 

Tanguay gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead 3:03 in with his second of the season.

Alfredsson drew Ottawa even just under two minutes later with his sixth goal.

Fisher scored on a power play 12 minutes into the second to give the Senators a brief 2-1 lead.

NOTES: With thousands of Canadian military personnel on hand for Canadian Forces Appreciation Night, a moment of silence was observed prior to the game in memory of the victims of the shooting spree at Fort Hood ... Tanguay has two goals and four assists in his last seven games. He had one point in his first seven games, an assist in the Lightning's 6-3 season-opening loss in Atlanta on Oct. 3. ... Tampa Bay beat Ottawa 5-2 at home one week earlier. Senators LW Milan Michalek had a hat trick in a 7-1 win over the Lightning on Oct. 15 at Scotiabank Place ... The Senators continue an extended run of home play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200). Fewer than 2,000 tickets remain available for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:03
TBL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (2) ASST: Jeff Halpern (1), Steve Downie (3)
1 - 0 TBL
05:02
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (6) ASST: Jason Spezza (9), Milan Michalek (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
12:00
OTT
PPG - Mike Fisher (6) ASST: Alex Kovalev (2), Jason Spezza (10)
2 - 1 OTT
13:40
TBL
PPG - Steven Stamkos (12) ASST: Martin St. Louis (13), Vincent Lecavalier (10)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
04:17
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (1) ASST: Filip Kuba (3), Mike Fisher (7)
3 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
01:34
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  Lukas Krajicek
08:31
TBL
Steven Stamkos  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
09:45
OTT
Nick Foligno  Hooking against  Lukas Krajicek
14:33
OTT
Jason Spezza  Slashing against  Victor Hedman
17:27
TBL
Matt Walker  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
2nd Period
06:55
OTT
Chris Neil  Tripping against  Steve Downie
11:06
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Interference against  Chris Neil
13:23
OTT
Jonathan Cheechoo  Interference against  Zenon Konopka
14:12
TBL
Steve Downie  Instigator - Misconduct
14:12
TBL
Steve Downie  Instigator against  Chris Neil
14:12
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
14:12
TBL
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
20:00
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Craig
20:00
TBL
Ryan Craig  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
3rd Period
01:36
OTT
Chris Campoli  Tripping against  Martin St. Louis
09:15
OTT
Filip Kuba  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:51
TBL
Andrej Meszaros  Roughing against  Jason Spezza
OT Period
03:00
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Milan Michalek
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
3-1-2
SA: 29TOI: 64:17
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 2
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 20TOI: 64:00
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0