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Ottawa at Tampa Bay

Ottawa slumps to seven straight in shootout loss to Lightning

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Ottawa Senators are in their longest losing streak in over a decade. However, the latest loss has the team feeling a little better about itself.

Vaclav Prospal scored in the fourth round of a shootout and the Tampa Bay Lightning extended Ottawa's losing streak to seven games with a 4-3 victory Tuesday.

The Lightning blew a 3-1 lead in the final two minutes but won the shootout 2-1.

Daniel Alfredsson scored twice during a three-goal third, helping the Senators tie it at 3. Alfredsson (1:57 remaining) and Wade Redden (1:21) completed the comeback scoring 36 seconds apart late in the period.

"I think we tried hard all game long, worked it pretty good, tried to create chances," Alfredsson said. "It's obviously very nice to see that we got rewarded. We would have loved to have won it in the shootout, but we're happy with getting a point."

The Senators have lost seven consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 22-March 9, 1996. Ottawa has a two-point lead over Carolina for in the Eastern Conference.

Mathieu Darche, Chris Gratton and Filip Kuba scored for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has won two consecutive games following a six-game losing skid.

"I'm not talking any negatives," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "We won a big hockey game against a pretty good hockey team. Mistakes were made. They will be addressed."

Alfredsson's power-play goal at 7:05 of the third pulled Ottawa within 2-1. Tampa Bay got the goal back just over two minutes later when Kuba scored at 9:08.

Ottawa's Ray Emery made 25 saves, including an in-close chance by Martin St. Louis in overtime. He finished with 25 saves.

In the first period, Dany Heatley failed to score on a breakaway, Brian McGrattan couldn't handle a pass through the slot that could have resulted in a goal and Tampa Bay goalie Johan Holmqvist made a glove save on Jason Spezza's shot from the low left circle. Holmqvist had 26 saves.

Meanwhile, Redden played a key role in the Lightning's two goals during the first. His defensive zone pass into the slot was intercepted by Jan Hlavac, who then found Darche alone in close for a 1-0 lead at 3:43.

Just as Redden completed a two-minute holding penalty, Gratton scored his first goal in 21 games from the low slot off a pass from St. Louis to put Tampa Bay up 2-0 with 8:26 left in the period.

Ottawa's woes continued in the second. Chris Kelly lost possession of the puck while making a stick-handling move during a 2-on-1 midway through the period. The Senators caught a break when Tampa Bay was penalized for having too many men on the ice at 13:21, but Ottawa took just one shot during the power-play opportunity.

"It's pro sports and winning is the only thing that matters, but we're in kind of a slump," Alfredsson said. "As a team, when you see everybody working and you see everybody really pulling together, that's a good sign. That's a sign of better things to come, I believe."

Notes

  • Darche has a goal in three straight games. The veteran minor leaguer has five goals in 48 career NHL games.
  • Spezza and Heatley both extended point streaks to eight games.
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Vaclav Prospal converts his shootout attempt for the winning goal against Ottawa. (Getty Images)
Vaclav Prospal converts his shootout attempt for the winning goal against Ottawa. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Ottawa (16-7-3)00300 (1)3
Tampa Bay  (12-13-2) «20101 (2)4
Three Stars
D. Alfredsson
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Darche
TB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. St. Louis
TB


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:43Mathieu Darche (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Jan Hlavac
11:34Chris Gratton (4), Tip-In. Assist: Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
07:05Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Joe Corvo, Jason Spezza
09:08Filip Kuba (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal
18:03Daniel Alfredsson (19), Slap Shot. Assist: Dany Heatley, Christoph Schubert
18:39Wade Redden (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
 Brad Richards (1), GOAL
 Jason Spezza (2), GOAL
 Vaclav Prospal (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:16Gratton, 2 min, Hooking
09:34Redden, 2 min, Holding
12:18Corvo, 2 min, Holding
18:01McGrattan, 2 min, Bench - Abuse of Officials
19:12Hlavac, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
13:21Ward, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
3RD PERIOD
01:25Lundin, 2 min, Interference
06:24Kuba, 2 min, Hooking
10:23Emery, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
13:53Darche, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
13:53Emery, 2 min, Slashing
13:53Darche, 2 min, Roughing
13:53Neil, 2 min, Roughing
OT
03:52Meszaros, 2 min, Hooking
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Ottawa512926
Tampa Bay97824
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Ray Emery 64:4125342
Johan Holmqvist 65:0026341
Game Information
Attendance - 17540
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Brian Murphy
Linesmen - Ian Walsh, Mark Pare
 
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Cal 3
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Mon 1
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