WHY THE SENATORS LOST
There were no third period heroics this time. Ten days prior to this game, the Tampa Bay Lightning entered the final frame of a contest against the Ottawa Senators up 2-0. Easy win? Not so much. Ryan Shannon and Nick Foligno scored in regulation and Jason Spezza ended it in overtime. The Lightning clearly learned something from the experience, as they put the pedal down in the third period for a 5-2 win Tuesday.
Martin St. Louis, Lightning
With the team reeling and Steven Stamkos stalling, St. Louis is stepping it up. The little Laval native has four points in his last two games after scoring twice against the Senators. While he likely won’t catch Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin for the league lead, it’s pretty incredible he can still put up so many points (91) with ease at age 35.
Brian Lee, Senators
Not the best night for the young defenceman. He chased Simon Gagne early in the first, leaving Erik Karlsson to guard the front of the Ottawa net alone against St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier (that didn’t turn out so well). Gagne victimized him again on the second St. Louis goal, passing through Lee to set up an easy tap-in.
They say your goalie has to be your best penalty killer, and that was the case for the Lightning. The Senators had a chance to get back in this game with a power play late in the second period, but Dwayne Roloson was steady while turning away five shots over two minutes. It was a nice bounce-back game for Roloson after dropping the last one against Ottawa. He finished with 31 saves to improve to 2-5-2 in his last eight starts against the Senators.
- 2: Consecutive wins for the Lightning.
- 12: Points in the last seven games for Simon Gagne (he had two against Ottawa).
- 1: Ottawa loss in three March games against the Lightning.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
The Senators suffered a bit of bad luck on the goal that made it 2-0. The strange play started when a Marc-Andre Bergeron point shot hit the end boards, bounced off Ottawa keeper Curtis McElhinney and headed for the goal line. McElhinney covered the puck with his glove, but the officials allowed the play to carry on long enough for Dominic Moore to jam the goalie’s glove and the puck into the Ottawa net. They did take another look at it, but there were no grounds to overturn the call on the ice.
LIFE IMITATES ART
Tuesday was Steve Downie bobblehead night in more ways than one. Fans who arrived at the St. Pete Times Forum early received a little sculpture of the scrappy winger, who also had his actual head knocked around a bit in a third period fight with Chris Neil.