Senators have won a second straight game in their return at home Thursday night in Ottawa, winning 5-3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This was their third of four confrontations between the two Atlantic division rivals this season. This was the first win for Ottawa against Jon Cooper’s troops.
Marc Methot and Erik Karlsson led their team to a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Alex Killorn brought the score back to 2-1 in the second period, but the men dressed in black scored three unanswered goals to bring the lead to 5-1.
With goals from Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan, the Sens didn’t have to worry much with a nice lead.
Tyler Johnsson (shorthanded goal) and Viktor Hedman gave their team a bit of energy late in the third period but it was too late for a comeback.
If Craig Anderson (35 saves) had a good performance in nets, it was the opposite for his old teammate Ben Bishop, which had to leave the game early on after getting by his defenseman skate. This play led to the first goal of the game by March Methot.
Bishop was laying on the ice for a while before retreating to the locker rooms and never returning to the game.
Bishop and the Lightning gave good news after the game. The goalie mentioned that he felt well afterwards and nothing serious to report.
Anders Lindback finised the game with 23 saves.
Jason Spezza, Ryan and Turris each had two points last night. Ondrej Palat and Hedman also had 2 points for the Lightning.
After the two points last night, Sens are now in a Wild Card position for the playoffs. The race for the playoffs is on as 7 teams are within four point difference. Every game at this stage of the season is important.
The Senators will be in Toronto Saturday night to play their Ontario rivals, the Maple Leafs. Sens will have to come out strong to defeat their rivals at the Air Canada Centre. Should be a good game to watch! Go Sens Go!
Les Sénateurs seront à Toronto samedi soir, pour rendre visite à leurs rivaux de l’Ontario, les Maple Leafs.
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