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Elliott records first NHL shutout as Senators beat Lightning 3-0

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TAMPA, Fla. - Brian Elliott made 20 saves for his first NHL shutout, and Dany Heatley, Ryan Shannon and Jason Spezza scored in the Ottawa Senators' 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

Ottawa, 11th in the Eastern Conference, is 10-3-0 in its last 13 games, while Tampa Bay has lost three straight and 10 of its last 12.

Heatley scored his team-high 35th goal of the season on a power play 9:45 into the first period, and Shannon scored at 13:44 on a deflection off a Lightning player.

The goal was originally credited to Nick Foligno. But as Shannon slide the puck through the five-hole of goalie Karri Ramo, Matt Lashoff's attempt to clear the puck hit Ramo's leg, sending it back into the net.

Shannon has a four-game goal streak and five-game point streak. He has four goals and two assists in that span.

Spezza scored his 30th goal of the season on a late power play in the third, firing a wrister past Ramo's right side.

Ramo finished with 26 saves.

Notes: Elliott is 2-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average against Tampa Bay. ... Heatley played his 500th career game. ... The Lightning recalled RW Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk of the AHL. ... The Lightning have an NHL-low 12 home victories.

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