Senators 4, Tampa Bay 6

The Sens dream of a 48-0 season ended tonight as they fell to the Lightning 6-4.  Ben Bishop struggled (as did Lightning ‘tender Lindback) and the Sens paid for defensive lapses.  Both the first and third periods had very little flow.  Ottawa surrendered two separate two-goal leads (3-1 and 4-2) and weren’t able to respond once the Lightning took the lead in the final frame.  Despite a large number of penalties the game was not particularly physical other than B. J. Crombeen deciding it would be a good idea to let Chris Neil punch him in the head repeatedly.  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
Bishop gave up two bad goals (Carle‘s and Hedman‘s) which puts the loss solidly on his head; he struggled all night and never seemed comfortable between the pipes
Karlsson had another great game
-I’d normally be all over Chris Phillips for being -3 on the night, but I thought he played well
-It was an excellent debut for Kaspars Daugavins who wound up playing on the second line
Michalek, Condra, and Regin lead the team in scoring chances (3 each); Michalek had a fantastic opportunity to tie the game late but decided to try and pass when he was all alone in front

The Goals
1. TB, Carle (pp)
A bad rebound from Bishop leads directly to the goal
2. Condra (Neil, Gonchar)
Gets a great pass from Neil and goes five-hole on Lindback
3. Spezza (Alfredsson, Gonchar) (pp)
Powers a shot through Lindback
4. Karlsson (Michalek, Turris)
Hedman deflects a harmless shot into his own net
5. TB, Stamkos
Left untouched in front he cashes in on the Salo rebound
6. Turris (Alfredsson, Daugavins)
Two great passes give Turris the wide open shot in the slot and he doesn’t miss
7. TB, Hedman
Fires it through Bishop who should have stopped the shot
8. TB, Malone
Deflects a Salo shot
9. TB, Malone
Bats a bouncing puck into a wide open goal
10. TB, Pyatt (empty net)
Benoit blindly throws the puck against the boards and gives it to the wrong team

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


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