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
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.