Morning update: Spezza vows payback against Bishop

The Ottawa Senators are aiming to be fourth time lucky against Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.

The Ottawa Senators are aiming to be fourth time lucky against Ben Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.

Bishop has defeated the Senators in all three games since he was traded to the Lightning for Cory Conacher at the trade deadline last season, including a 4-3 shootout victory in Florida last Thursday. Bishop, however, is making his first appearance at the Canadian Tire Centre since the deal.

Senators captain Jason Spezza, who was robbed by Bishop in the shootout a week ago, actually joked with the Lightning goaltender after that game that some payback was in order.

Spezza remembers every detail of the shootout save — “over his pad, off the bottom of his glove, off the post” — and vowed to get him the next time.

“I would like get one on him,” said Spezza. “We were good buddies when he was here. I enjoyed Bish. I thought he was a great guy. He’s a pretty normal guy for a goalie. I definitely would like to score one on him. I told him that, too, that I definitely owed him one.”

While the Lightning have had the Senators number recently in Florida, the numbers have definitely been in the Senators favour in Ottawa. The Senators are 8-1-0 in their past nine games against Tampa in Ottawa.

“It’s similar with Carolina,” said Spezza. “We probably don’t feel as comfortable in their rink and they don’t feel as comfortable in ours. For them, they have to come and play us, Toronto and Montreal usually and so it’s not an easy swing for them, either.”

A Senators victory Tuesday, coupled with a Washington win over Columbus, would put the Senators in a playoff position for the first time this season.

 

 

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