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Ottawa
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43-23-10-6
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Lightning
46-22-8-6

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game recap

Ottawa Senators 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:57 AM

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Martin Prusek stopped Tampa Bay's best scoring chance -- a three-man breakaway -- and extended the Lightning's scoring woes.

Prusek made 29 saves for his third straight win, and Jason Spezza had two goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 victory over the Lightning on Thursday night.

Prusek stopped Shane Willis' wrist shot from the low slot during a three-man rush in the final seconds of the second period. Willis, who took a pass from Vincent Lecavalier, hit Prusek in the upper body with his shot.

"It was nothing that I did," Prusek said through an interpreter. "The puck hit me right on the shoulder, so I was lucky.

"I was just in the net, waiting for the moves from the guys. I was waiting to see what would happen."

Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella called the play crucial.

"I think the most important of the game was the three-on-zero," Tortorella said. "We have probably one of our best players (Lecavalier) with the puck. I think you need to be selfish right there and go down and score the goal.

"That's the mind-set we need to get, too. It's not a negative on Vinny, but you can't be worrying about setting somebody else. We need to have someone say 'I'm going to make the difference here."'

Prusek has allowed just two goals in his three wins while filling in for Patrick Lalime, who is sidelined by the flu.

"Prusek has been unbelievable for us," Spezza said. "To have him stopping three-on-0s and stuff like that, it's great. It's awesome."

Bryan Smolinski and Antoine Vermette also scored for Ottawa. It was Vermette's first NHL goal, coming in his 20th game.

Dave Andreychuk scored for the Lightning, who have lost three straight. Tampa Bay is winless in its last six games (0-4-2) and has scored just six goals in the span.

"You can sense the frustration," Andreychuk said. "We have to try and stay positive, and that's the way we're going to get through it."

Tampa Bay built a 13-3 advantage in shots in the first period as the teams traded power-play goals.

Smolinski put the Senators ahead 11:38, and Andreychuk tied it at 13:36.

Andreychuk, who has 615 career goals, snapped a 14-game scoreless streak and raised his career power-play goal total to 262.

Prusek made several strong saves in the first period, including two chances from close range by Martin St. Louis.

Prusek also made two point-blank stops on shots by Andreychuk during a Tampa Bay power play just before Spezza scored to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.

Spezza made it 3-1 on a third-period breakaway goal at 6:34, and Vermette scored into an empty net in the final minute.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:38
OTT
PPG - Bryan Smolinski (5) Tip-in - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (16), Wade Redden (7)
1 - 0 OTT
13:36
TBL
PPG - Dave Andreychuk (2) Wrap-around - ASST: Shane Willis (1), Brad Richards (12)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:31
OTT
Jason Spezza (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Marian Hossa (17)
2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
06:34
OTT
Jason Spezza (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 OTT
19:27
OTT
SHG - EN - Antoine Vermette (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Shaun Van Allen (3)
4 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:03
OTT
Wade Redden  Tripping
11:14
TBL
Dan Boyle  Hooking
12:02
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Hooking
2nd Period
13:20
OTT
Chris Neil  Boarding
13:20
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj)
13:20
TBL
Chris Dingman  Fighting (maj)
13:20
TBL
Chris Dingman  Game misconduct
17:36
TBL
Cory Sarich  Hi-sticking
18:52
OTT
Marian Hossa  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:52
OTT
Marian Hossa  Roughing
3rd Period
03:38
TBL
Jassen Cullimore  Hooking
09:27
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hi-sticking
11:42
TBL
Shane Willis  Boarding
14:19
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Fighting (maj)
14:19
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hi-sticking
14:19
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Fighting (maj)
18:49
OTT
Bryan Smolinski  Hooking
19:46
TBL
Ben Clymer  Cross checking
goalie stats
Martin Prusek
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .967SH: 2 - 2
John Grahame
SA: 25TOI: 59:22
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0