Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 0

Ottawa combined superb goaltending and timely scoring to get back on the winning track.  It was an entertaining game that lacked physicality.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
The Sens started strongly and scored early, but the Lightning took over and dominated the latter stages of the period and were stymied only by excellent goaltending from Craig Anderson.
Second Period
Echoed the first period, with the Sens firing the first six shots of the period before a serious of brutal giveaways (mostly by vets: Phillips, Gonchar, Lee, and Alfredsson) required more spectacular saves from Anderson.  The Sens were able to get the only goal of the period to lead 2-0.
Third Period
A much more consistent effort by the Sens sealed the game and saw fewer grade A chances for the Lightning.  There was a dramatic crash into the end boards by St. Louis and Karlsson, but neither was injured.  Kyle Turris‘ woes continued as he was stopped on a penalty shot.  The only big hit of the game occurred in the third as well (Lee on Moore).  Speaking of Moore, I’m not sure I’ve seen a player dive more than he did tonight.

A look at the goals:
1. Karlsson (Spezza, Butler)
A great shot through a Michalek screen
2. Spezza (Kuba, Karlsson) (pp)
Hammered the shot through Garon
3. Spezza (Butler, Michalek)
A fantastic pass from Butler and an even better deke by Spezza
4. Spezza (Gonchar) (en)

Top-performers:
Jason Spezza – a four point night–he absolutely dominated
Craig Anderson – a fantastic game with several game-changing saves
Erik Karlsson – a goal and an assist along with some strong defensive play

Players who struggled: no one stood out with poor play tonight, although with all his chances you have to wonder when Turris is going to break out of his funk.

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