Lightning fall to Senators in OT

Into the second, the Lightning extended the lead on a great individual effort by Dana Tyrell. Tyrell turned on the afterburners, flew down the left wing and drove to the net. The shot got a piece of McElhinney and landed in the crease. With Adam Hall driving to the net, former Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba attempted to clear the puck, but instead put it in his own net to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead.

From there, the wheels started to fall off against the last place team in the Eastern Conference, again.

With the Lightning in what appeared to be full control with the 2-0 lead, and on a power-play, the Senators struck shorthanded on a Ryan Shannon goal to cut the Lightning lead in half. Then, less then 4 minutes later, it would be Nick Foligno scoring to tie the game at two. The Lightning were able to hold on to get the game to overtime and at least salvage one point.

In the overtime, the Senators would earn the extra point on a broken play. It started with a bad Lightning pass that resulted in a three-on-one break. It resulted in Jason Spezza flubbing on a shot from the slot that did a slow trickle past Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson and across the goal line to secure the win. A bad play and a bad goal.

There is plenty of blame to go around in this one. After such a good start that saw the Lightning winning almost every battle, this is a tough result to swallow at this time of year. First, the Lightning needed more than one in the first. They also needed a better third period. There is no excuse for giving up two goals in the third and hanging your goalie out to dry.

The Lightning will return home Tuesday to take on the upstart New York Islanders in a game that is now a must win. Game time in that one in 7:30.

The Tampa Bay Lightning only had to dig into their short-term memories for motivation for Saturday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators. It was just over a week ago that the Lightning lost to this same Senators team after starting the game flat. This time around, the start was not the issue; it was the finish that will leave a bad taste in head coach Guy Boucher's mouth.

The Lightning opened up the game in almost perfect fashion, jumping all over Senators in the early going. It would only result in one goal though, when Nate Thompson found Vincent Lecavalier to send him in on a breakaway. Lecavalier beat Curtis McElhinney to give the Lightning the early lead. It was the only goal the Lightning would get in that frame and that would be a big turning point as the game moved along. The Lightning out-shot Ottawa 13-3 in the frame.

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