Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Ben Bishop made 26 saves and Tampa Bay scored
four unanswered goals to top Ottawa by a 4-1 score Saturday.
Alex Killorn scored the eventual game-winner 1:16 into the third period, and
Brenden Morrow and Nikita Kucherov added insurance goals for the Lightning,
who won all three games on their homestand.
Killorn and Ryan Callahan each tallied a goal and an assist for the Lightning.
David Legwand scored Ottawa’s lone goal and Robin Lehner made 28 saves on 32
shots against. The Senators have lost four of their last five.
Tampa Bay’s top line gave the Lightning their first lead early in the third.
Anton Stralman fired a shot toward Lehner, and Killorn reached around
defenseman Erik Karlsson to get his stick in position for the deflection to
tally his seventh of the season.
Morrow scored his first of the season later in the period to give Tampa
Bay some insurance. He found a soft spot in the defense right in front of
Lehner and Cedric Paquette found him with a pass from behind the net.
Halfway through the period, a double-minor gave Tampa Bay a four minute
power play and a chance to seal the win. A Senators turnover to Steven Stamkos
gave him a great chance in the slot, but Lehner made a tough save to preserve
the two-goal deficit.
With time winding down in the 5-on-4 advantage, Tyler Johnson’s shot from the
top of the circle was deflected by Kucherov into the top corner of the
net for the 4-1 lead.
Ottawa started the scoring with less than two minutes remaining in the first
period. On its first power play, Legwand scored his third of the season
when he received a pass from Karlsson at the top of the circle and
wristed one through traffic past Bishop.
Callahan scored his 11th of the season early in the second period.
Killorn’s hard work along the boards in the defensive zone sprung Stamkos on a
2-on-1 with Callahan. Stamkos found Callahan on a pass across the slot and the
latter one-timed the puck to the back of the net to tie the game.
Victor Hedman returned after an 18-game absence with a broken finger …
Stamkos’ three-game goal streak was snapped … Killorn owns a seven-game
point streak with five goals and three assists … On Friday, the Lightning
traded defenseman Eric Brewer to Anaheim for a third-round draft pick …
Tampa Bay is 14-0-0 when Callahan scores a goal since being acquired from the
New York Rangers last season … Legwand played in his 1,000th NHL game.