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Senators 2, Lightning 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 2, Lightning 1
Ottawa Senators 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Ottawa Senators are playing spoiler with their two new goalies.

Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves in his debut for last-place Ottawa, helping the Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Friday night.

McElhinney was claimed off waivers from the Lightning on Feb. 28. He never played for Tampa Bay, which obtained him four days earlier in a trade with Anaheim.

"It was such a short stay here, and I was on a plane right away after one skate," McElhinney said. "Those things happen, but it was a great thing that happened."

Craig Anderson sat out for the first time since being obtained in a trade with Colorado on Feb. 18. He is 6-3 with a .956 save percentage in the Ottawa net.

"He's being playing phenomenal for a while, but for me to get a chance to jump in there and contribute felt great," McElhinney said. "To go out and put up a good performance and the guys score a few goals, it felt good."

Jason Spezza opened the scoring for Ottawa midway through the first period on a power play, backhanding a rebound past Dwayne Roloson. Bobby Butler scored the 53 seconds into the second to make it 2-0.

Butler praised defenseman Sergei Gonchar for setting up the game winner.

"I grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and chipped it through to (Gonchar)," Butler said. "He made a great play to get it back to me, and I just put it away."

Tampa Bay held a two-man advantage when Martin St. Louis tipped in a rebound 2:53 into the third period, ending the shutout bid. Ottawa had killed 33 consecutive penalties in 10 games before St. Louis broke through.

The Senators have won four consecutive road games.

"We're giving the goaltenders that lead to play with," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "It's much easier to play the game when you've got the lead, but tonight, we'll throw the third period away except for the fact that we found a way to win."

The Lightning lost for the fifth time in six games.

"We need to figure out how to play a full 60 minutes," Tampa Bay defenseman Mike Lundin said. "We do it against teams like Chicago and other teams at the top of the standings. We need to do it against every team because points are just as valuable no matter who you play."

NOTES: Lightning D Pavel Kubina began a three-game suspension for elbowing Chicago's Dave Bolland in the head Wednesday night in a 4-3 shootout victory. ... Tampa Bay has played all but three of its last 19 games at home. ... Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has 21 goals and 60 points in 52 career games against Tampa Bay, missed his 14th consecutive game because of a back injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Jason Spezza (13) ASST: Ryan Shannon (13), Erik Karlsson (27)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
Bobby Butler (7) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (19), Colin Greening (4)
2 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
PPG - Martin St. Louis (26) ASST: Teddy Purcell (28), Steven Stamkos (40)
2 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
Nate Thompson  Tripping against  Derek Smith
Vincent Lecavalier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Curtis McElhinney
2nd Period
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
Victor Hedman  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
Adam Hall  Slashing against  Ryan Shannon
3rd Period
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Adam Hall
Jesse Winchester  Boarding against  Dana Tyrell
Nate Thompson  Elbowing against  Chris Neil
Bobby Butler  Hooking against  Eric Brewer
Bobby Butler  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 35TOI: 59:35
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 22TOI: 58:49
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0