Lightning fall to Senators in SO but continue point streak
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Spezza scored in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.
Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists to help the Senators snap a six-game losing streak. Karlsson, the top-scoring defenseman in the NHL with 68 points, opened the scoring 3:57 into the game with his career-high 20th goal.
Seventy seconds after Karlsson scored, Nikita Kucherov snapped a shot past goalie Robin Lehner to pull Tampa Bay even at 1.
Ottawa took a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, when Spezza and Kyle Turris scored 44 seconds apart against former Senators goalie Ben Bishop.
The Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit with power-play goals by Victor Hedman at 13:26 of the second period and Steven Stamkos at 5:44 of the third.
Lehner finished with 35 saves. Bishop had 29.
Despite the loss, Tampa Bay has earned a point in nine consecutive games (5-0-4) for the first time since its 2003-04 championship season.
Notes: Stamkos played in his 400th NHL game. … Ottawa RW Bobby Ryan (lower body) sat out for the first time this season. He was replaced by Mark Stone, who was recalled from AHL affiliate Binghamton. … Lightning C Valtteri Filppula has four goals and nine assists during a nine-game points streak. … Tampa Bay has scored on the power play five games in a row. … The Lightning have scored three or more goals in nine consecutive games. The Senators have allowed that many in 10 straight. … The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were in attendance.