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Senators hold off struggling Lightning 2-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Senators hold off struggling Lightning 2-1
Ottawa Senators 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1

Maybe all the Ottawa Senators needed were some new goaltenders.

Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves in his debut for last-place Ottawa, helping the Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday night.

The Senators claimed McElhinney on waivers on Feb. 28 from the Lightning, who had acquired him from Anaheim four days earlier but never used him.

"It was such a short stay here, and I was on a plane right away after one skate," McElhinney said. "Those things happen, but it was a great thing that happened."

Craig Anderson sat out for the first time since being obtained in a trade with Colorado on Feb. 18. He is 6-3 with a .956 save percentage since coming to Ottawa.

"He's being playing phenomenal for a while, but for me to get a chance to jump in there and contribute felt great," McElhinney said. "To go out and put up a good performance and the guys score a few goals, it felt good."

Jason Spezza opened the scoring for Ottawa midway through the first period on a power play, backhanding a rebound past Dwayne Roloson. Bobby Butler scored 53 seconds into the second to make it 2-0.

Butler praised defenseman Sergei Gonchar for setting up his goal.

"I grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and chipped it through to (Gonchar)," Butler said. "He made a great play to get it back to me, and I just put it away."

Tampa Bay got on the board when Martin St. Louis tipped in a rebound 2:53 into the third period during a 5-on-3 advantage, ending the shutout bid. Ottawa had killed 33 consecutive penalties in 10 games before St. Louis broke through.

The Senators have won four consecutive road games.

"We're giving the goaltenders that lead to play with," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "It's much easier to play the game when you've got the lead, but tonight, we'll throw the third period away except for the fact that we found a way to win."

The Lightning fell six points behind Washington in the Southeast Division after losing for the fourth time in five games. Life figures to get tougher for the Bolts, who've played 16 of their last 19 at home but begin a four-game trip at Florida on Saturday night.

"We need to figure out how to play a full 60 minutes," Tampa Bay defenseman Mike Lundin said. "We do it against teams like Chicago and other teams at the top of the standings. We need to do it against every team because points are just as valuable no matter who you play."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

 

scoring summary
1st Period
10:35
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (13) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Shannon (13), Erik Karlsson (27)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
00:53
OTT
Bobby Butler (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (19), Colin Greening (4)
2 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
02:56
TBL
PPG - Martin St. Louis (26) Wrist shot - ASST: Teddy Purcell (28), Steven Stamkos (40)
2 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:06
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Steven Stamkos
09:49
TBL
Nate Thompson  Tripping against  Derek Smith
18:09
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Interference on goalkeeper against  Curtis McElhinney
2nd Period
01:39
TBL
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
07:40
TBL
Victor Hedman  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
13:20
TBL
Adam Hall  Slashing against  Ryan Shannon
3rd Period
02:15
OTT
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Adam Hall
02:15
OTT
Jesse Winchester  Boarding against  Dana Tyrell
06:08
TBL
Nate Thompson  Elbowing against  Chris Neil
12:28
OTT
Bobby Butler  Hooking against  Eric Brewer
14:46
OTT
Bobby Butler  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 35TOI: 59:35
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 22TOI: 58:49
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0