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Lightning 5, Senators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Lightning 5, Senators 2
Ottawa Senators 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 5

TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore both scored two goals to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Steven Stamkos had an empty-net goal, and Simon Gagne added two assists for the Lightning, who have won two in a row after a four-game losing skid.

Tampa Bay would have clinched a playoff berth if Carolina, which beat Washington 3-2 in shootout, had lost in regulation. The Lightning play Pittsburgh, a potential first-round playoff opponent, on Thursday night.

Ottawa, last in the Eastern Conference, got goals from Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. The Senators dropped to 6-4-1 over their last 11.

"They got a couple of lucky goals," Spezza said. "They played well, but I don't think it's a 5-2 game. We deserved better than that."

St. Louis put the Lightning up 1-0 on an in-close goal at 3:15 of the second. Just 14 seconds later, Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson made a glove save on Ryan Shannon's shot from the left circle.

Moore made it 2-0 with 12:35 left in the second. Marc-Andre Bergeron's shot went off the end boards and rebounded into the crease, where Moore poked the puck into the net while goalie Curtis McElhinney was trying to control it with his glove.

"I still think I had it covered to begin with," McElhinney said. "Sometimes that's the way it goes."

St. Louis extended Tampa Bay's advantage to 3-0 on his 29th goal of the season 5:48 into the third. St. Louis scored off a pass through the slot from Gagne.

After Spezza scored with 9:57 left, Tampa Bay responded with Moore's second of the game, 1:24 later.

"They just made good on their opportunities," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "Unfortunately, we didn't have any puck luck."

Michalek scored a shorthanded goal later in the third. Tampa Bay has given up 16 short-handed goals.

Stamkos, who has just four goals in 22 games, scored his 44th this season with 33.9 seconds left. Stamkos also ended a five-game point drought earlier with an assist on St. Louis' third-period goal.

NOTES: Lightning LW Ryan Malone is expected to return Thursday after missing 21 games with a mid-body injury ... McElhinney, claimed by Ottawa off waivers from the Lightning on Feb. 28, had beaten Tampa Bay twice earlier this month. He never played with the Lightning after being obtained in a trade with Anaheim on Feb. 24 ... Vincent Lecavalier had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (five assists, seven points) ... The Senators wrap up their southern road trip Thursday in Sunrise, Fla., against the Panthers (7:30 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:15
TBL
Martin St. Louis (28) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (27), Simon Gagne (17)
1 - 0 TBL
07:25
TBL
Dominic Moore (16) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (5), Dana Tyrell (8)
2 - 0 TBL
3rd Period
05:48
TBL
Martin St. Louis (29) ASST: Simon Gagne (18), Steven Stamkos (44)
3 - 0 TBL
10:03
OTT
Jason Spezza (17) ASST: Colin Greening (6), David Hale (3)
3 - 1 TBL
11:27
TBL
Dominic Moore (17) ASST: Dana Tyrell (9), Brett Clark (22)
4 - 1 TBL
15:15
OTT
SHG - Milan Michalek (17) ASST: Filip Kuba (12), Jason Spezza (31)
4 - 2 TBL
19:26
TBL
EN - Steven Stamkos (44) ASST: Adam Hall (10), Dominic Moore (13)
5 - 2 TBL
penalty summary
1st Period
14:57
OTT
Nick Foligno  Slashing against  Steven Stamkos
2nd Period
09:00
OTT
Milan Michalek  Tripping against  Nate Thompson
13:29
TBL
Mattias Ohlund  Roughing against  Colin Greening
15:36
TBL
Victor Hedman  Delay of game
3rd Period
12:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Elbowing against  Steve Downie
12:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Steve Downie
12:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Downie
12:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Steve Downie
12:09
TBL
Steve Downie  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 30TOI: 59:09
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
21-24-5
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 1 - 2