Tampa Bay at Ottawa

Senators 5, Lightning 2

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

OTTAWA -- Antoine Vermette's third-period goal was important, yet it wasn't the one that had people talking.

Vermette scored twice and Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist to help the Ottawa Senators defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night.

With Ottawa already ahead 2-0, Vermette stretched the lead with a highlight-reel effort. Standing on the goal line facing the end boards, Vermette shot the puck from behind his back and between his legs into the short side past Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist.

"I've tried that in practice a couple of times and I remember in junior I tried a play like that but I didn't score on it. I got an assist, but that's the first time I scored on it," Vermette said. "It doesn't happen a lot of times, but I got lucky."

Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo also scored for the Senators, who have won seven of eight.

Eric Perrin and Vincent Lecavalier scored in the second period for the Lightning, who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.

Vermette's second goal of the game with seven minutes left helped the Senators hold off Tampa Bay. The Lightning cut a 4-0 deficit in half, but couldn't get closer.

After dominating the Lightning through the opening 20 minutes, the Senators were on their heels most of the second period, outscored 2-0 and outshot 17-9. The Lightning outshot the Senators 12-5 in the third and 36-25 overall, but Senators goalie Ray Emery stood his ground.

"They had their chances, but Ray played really well," Senators forward Mike Fisher said. "We came back in the third."

Perrin and Lecavalier scored less than two minutes apart in the second to make it 4-2. The Lightning had several chances to narrow the gap even further, but they squandered back-to-back power plays shortly after Lecavalier's goal.

"It's hard to come back down 4-0 in the first," Lecavalier said. "In the second and third we played a lot better and we got back in the game after we scored the second goal. If we could have buried that third one it would have given us a chance."

Things started poorly for the Senators as Peter Schaefer was penalized for interference 1:33 into the game. Their fortunes quickly turned though, as Eaves stole the puck at the Lightning blue line and beat Johan Holmqvist on the backhand for a short-handed goal.

Corvo doubled Ottawa's lead when his point shot beat Holmqvist on the power play at 6:49.

Vermette's trick-shot goal ended the night for Holmqvist, who was replaced by Karri Ramo, making his NHL debut.

Spezza gave the Senators their biggest lead at 16:21 after taking a feed from Chris Kelly, who stole the puck behind the Tampa net and found Spezza alone in front.


The Senators set a club record for most consecutive goals without allowing one. After falling behind 1-0 at Carolina on Nov. 28, the Senators scored the next four goals in a 4-1 win. Ottawa then beat Florida 6-0 on Nov. 30. The Senators' had scored 14 straight goals.

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Tampa Bay (13-12-2)0202
Ottawa  (14-12-1) «4015
Three Stars
A. Vermette

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Emery

Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
V. Lecavalier

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:47Short - Patrick Eaves (5), Backhand Shot - Unassisted.
06:49Power Play - Joe Corvo (3), Tip-In - Assists: Andrej Meszaros, Jason Spezza
08:06Antoine Vermette (11), Slap Shot - Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Schaefer
16:21Jason Spezza (12), Slap Shot - Assists: Chris Kelly, Christoph Schubert
08:35Eric Perrin (7), Tip-In - Assists: Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis
10:32Vincent Lecavalier (13), Slap Shot - Assist: Vaclav Prospal
13:16Antoine Vermette (12), Wrist Shot - Assists: Peter Schaefer, Tom Preissing
Penalty Summary
01:33Schaefer: Interference - 2 min.
05:53Richardson: Hooking - 2 min.
17:08Sarich: Tripping - 2 min.
00:54Pratt: Interference - 2 min.
04:13Phillips: Hooking - 2 min.
11:09Volchenkov: Illegal Stick - 2 min.
13:16Corvo: Hooking - 2 min.
04:22Sarich: Hooking - 2 min.
15:46Kelly: Hooking - 2 min.
17:42Kuba: Hooking - 2 min.
Tampa Bay7171236
Johan Holmqvist 8:0643
Karri Ramo51:43162
Ray Emery59:53342
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Attendance - 18618
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Pat Dapuzzo, Brad Kovachik
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