The Tampa Bay Lightning (23-13-4) knocked off the Ottawa Senators (16-21-5) 5-3 on Saturday night in Ottawa for their sixth consecutive win.
The Senators struck first in this game - after a scoreless first period, Ottawa got a goal from Chris Tierney just 46 seconds into the second period to take a 1-0 lead. Tampa Bay answered with two goals of their own, as Carter Verhaege and Kevin Shattenkirk both scored just over a minute apart to lift the Bolts to a 2-1 lead. The Senators scored a couple of goals down the stretch of the second period, first from Jean-Gabriel Pageau, then from Mark Borowiecki with under ten seconds to go in the period, to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead going into the final frame.
Coming down the stretch of the third period, Tampa Bay was able to tie the game when Brayden Point came through to tie the game 3-3 at the 8:37 mark. It appeared this game could be going to overtime until Tyler Johnson scored with 1:30 to go in the game to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead. Alex Killorn added an empty netter in the final seconds, and Tampa Bay completed their sixth consecutive win, and their 14th consecutive win against Atlantic Division opponents.
Curtis McElhinney went 25-for-28 in net for Tampa Bay to secure the win - Craig Anderson took the loss in net for Ottawa with 23 saves on 27 chances. For Tampa Bay they are back in action in the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday afternoon against the Hurricanes. Puck drop from Raleigh, North Carolina is scheduled for 5 PM - pregame coverage begins at 4:30 PM on News Radio WFLA.