The Senators battled hard against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win Thursday night…
All throughout this game, Ottawa was never able to get the lead once.
Erik Karlsson (picture) and Clarke MacArthur each scored with a man advantage. The 12th of Karlsson was scored in the first period, but Tyler Johson answered back 40 seconds later to get back the lead.
Then, MacArthur scored his 18th of the season late in the second period to tie the game up at 2.
As the victory seemed to be getting closer for the locals, Chris Neil kept the game alive for both Atlantic division rivals with his 100th career goal. He scored with less than 3 minutes to go to send it to overtime. If we could rewatch all of Neil’s 100 goals, we would see that they are all scored around the net with a great second effort!
Both teams had scoring chances in overtime but no one was declared the winner. In shootouts, Mika Zibanejad, Jason Spezza, two assists in the night and Kyle Turris were all unable to deke their old teammate Ben Bishop.
Only the rookie for the Lightning,Nikita Kucherov, was able to get one passed Anderson in the three shootout rounds.
Craig Anderson was playing in his fourth consecutive game. Other then Johnson, he allowed goals from B.J Crombeen and Ondrej Palat in regulation time. The American goalie faced 38 shots.
Overall, Ottawa played a solid game and was able to come back in the game three times. It felt like we had the momemtum to win it in overtime or shootouts. In the end, Sens got 1 point on the road.
In their last six games on the road (including last night), Ottawa has a record of 4-0-2 and also has the best power play on the road of the NHL. Sens are also 7-1-3 in their last 11 games.
The Canadian team will continue their road trip Saturday afternoon when they will be in Raleigh (North Carolina) to play the Hurricanes.
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