Lightning edge Senators
The Senators, coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, got off to a slow start. They were being outshot 7-1 halfway through the first period.
Despite the Senators' offensive struggles, Ottawa's penalty-killing was solid against the Lightning late in the first after Jarkko Ruutu took two minor penalties on the same shift. Elliott made a number of big saves, including one on Steven Stamkos.
The Senators took a 1-0 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the frame as Jesse Winchester — on a 2-on-1 break — fed a perfect pass to Smith, who beat Roloson low to the stick side.
Tampa Bay forward Dominic Moore took advantage of a giveaway by Alex Kovalev just inside Ottawa's blue line early in the third. Moore carried the puck just to the right of Elliott, dropped it back to Hall — who was left alone — and had a wide-open left side to tie the game.
The Lightning took the lead at 5:43 of the third on St. Louis' 18th goal. On that play, Senators forward Mike Fisher was injured while blocking a shot and left the game. Fisher returned for one shift, but was then done for the night.
The Senators made a mad scramble to tie the game in the closing seconds, but couldn't force overtime.