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.