OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators are playing with plenty of confidence.
Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist, and the Senators defeated the
Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Tuesday night to improve to 8-0-2 in their last 10
Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Todd White had the other goals for
Ottawa, which won its fifth straight game.
Martin Prusek made a surprise start after Patrick Lalime was sidelined by
back spasms before the warmup and made 27 saves.
Martin St. Louis and Nolan Pratt scored for the Lightning, who got 22 saves
from Nikolai Khabibulin.
The biggest difference was special teams. The Senators were 3-for-5 with the
man advantage while the Lightning were 0-for-3.
"The penalty kill didn't come through," Lightning coach John Tortorella
said. "It was everybody, including the goaltender."
Tortorella was not his usual talkative self after the game. He felt his team
had chances but just couldn't compete with the surging Senators.
"The first month and a half we didn't play well at home, and if you want to
be on top you've got to play well at home," Alfredsson said. "It was
important for us when we had this stretch to make the most of it.
"We pushed each other."
Ottawa opened the scoring at 7:16 of the first period with a power-play goal
when Alfredsson beat Khabibulin with a shot from the point.
Tampa Bay tied it at 13:04 when St. Louis took a great drop pass from
Vincent Lecavalier and tucked a shot past a helpless Prusek.
The Senators regained the lead at 5:33 of the second as Hossa picked up a
rebound in front of the net and easily scored on his backhand when Khabibulin
was caught out of position.
"We didn't do a good job of getting to the front of the net," Lightning
defenseman Dan Boyle said. "We weren't moving guys.
"The defense didn't do a good job."
Seconds later it appeared the Lightning tied it on a shot by Brad Richards,
but the replay showed the puck never crossed the line.
Ottawa made it 3-1 on a power-play goal by Spezza at 7:44, who put in a high
shot over Khabibulin's right shoulder.
"We focused on (the power play) before the game," Spezza said. "I guess
it paid off."
Tampa Bay cut the lead to one as Pratt scored his first of the season at
10:28 of the second period, but Ottawa went ahead 4-2 when White tipped in
Zdeno Chara's point shot at 17:25.
The line of Alfredsson, White and Peter Schaefer has been the most
productive through the 10-game streak, combining for 27 points (12 goals, 15
"I think all of us are playing better as a line," Alfredsson said. "We're
cycling the puck better and it's a line that complements each other."
Hossa scored his second of the game during a power play at 16:52 of the