Tampa Bay at Ottawa

Fisher's OT goal lifts Sens past slumping Lightning

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OTTAWA -- Mike Fisher finished off the Ottawa Senators' comeback and dropped the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning to their lowest point yet.

Fisher scored 3:17 into overtime and Ottawa extended Tampa Bay's losing streak to a season-high seven games by beating the Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night.

The center put a shot from the left side past Johan Holmqvist for his 15th goal, giving the Senators their second straight win following consecutive losses to Washington.

"I just split their D along the boards and cut to the net and put it through his legs," Fisher said.

Dany Heatley scored his 25th goal 4:26 into the third period to get the Senators even at 3.

The Lightning are 0-5-2 since defeating Toronto at home on Dec. 20.

Holmqvist's clearing attempt behind the net struck teammate Kyle Wanvig's discarded stick in the left corner. Ottawa's Jason Spezza recovered the puck and sent a centering pass to Heatley, who beat Holmqvist with a wrist shot from the slot.

"That's the way it's going right now for us, but don't pity us. We can't have any self-pity," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "We have to just keep on trying to find a way to complete a game and not just get one point, get the two points because as the games keep on rolling by here one point is not enough."

Wanvig, recalled from Norfolk (AHL) earlier in the day, made his season debut. He dropped his stick while he was checking Spezza earlier in the play that led to the tying goal.

"I was going to the net and he hooked me, and then he knew that he hooked so he let go of his stick and it just kind of drifted into the corner," Spezza said. "I started yelling at the ref, and all of a sudden the puck was there and I knew Heater was back there. That was the hockey gods helping out."

Randy Robitaille scored twice for the Senators, who won 5-3 in Buffalo on Friday.

Ray Emery made his second straight start and stopped 16 shots.

Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis each had a goal and an assist to stake Tampa Bay to a 2-0 lead midway through the first.

St. Louis opened the scoring with his 16th goal 5:43 in before Lecavalier netted his team-leading 28th goal after making a sensational stick-handling play.

Lecavalier, who leads the NHL with 62 points, received defenseman Paul Ranger's pass behind him and pushed the puck forward between his legs. He then put a backhanded shot past Emery at 11:17.

Holmqvist made 23 saves, and Jan Hlavac also scored for Tampa Bay, which hasn't won a road game in regulation since Nov. 10.

The Lightning are a league-worst 3-14-2 on the road.

Referees Kelly Sutherland and Don Van Massenhoven called only two penalties, both against Tampa Bay in the second period.

"I asked them between the second and third period, I let them know that we hadn't had any power plays yet and they told me that they haven't taken any penalties," Tortorella said. "I don't think I've been in a game in a long time where we haven't had that opportunity, but that's the way they called it."

Robitaille began Ottawa's comeback with 38.2 seconds remaining in the first when he beat Holmqvist to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Hlavac made it 3-1 with his sixth of the season 3:38 into the second, but Robitaille made it a one-goal game with his second of the night and sixth overall at 16:07.


  • Holmqvist started for the second time in eight games. He is 0-4-2 in his last six appearances.
  • Lightning C Nick Tarnasky was a healthy scratch.
  • With the Senators reaching the midway point of the regular season, Heatley is on pace for his third straight 50-goal season. He has scored 50 goals in each of his first two seasons with Ottawa, reaching the mark in the final regular-season game both times.
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Randy Robitaille has a fine night for the Sens, scoring twice in the win over Tampa Bay.  (AP)
Randy Robitaille has a fine night for the Sens, scoring twice in the win over Tampa Bay. (AP)
Tampa Bay (15-22-5)21003
Ottawa  (27-10-4) «11114
Three Stars
M. Fisher

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
R. Robitaille

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
V. Lecavalier

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
05:43Martin St. Louis (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier
11:17Vincent Lecavalier (28), Backhand Shot. Assist: Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis
19:21Randy Robitaille (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Mike Fisher, Wade Redden
03:38Jan Hlavac (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jason Ward, Brad Richards
16:07Randy Robitaille (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Chris Neil
04:26Dany Heatley (25), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza
03:17Mike Fisher (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Daniel Alfredsson, Anton Volchenkov
Penalty Summary
12:00Prospal, 2 min, Hooking
13:59Ward, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay96419
Johan Holmqvist 63:17234
Ray Emery 63:12163
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Referees - Kelly Sutherland, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Andy McElman
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