Tampa Bay at Ottawa

Senators strike Lightning for seven goals, Michalek gets three of them

CBSSports.com wire reports

OTTAWA -- Milan Michalek made Ottawa Senators fans forget about high-scoring Dany Heatley -- at least for one night.

Acquired at the start of training camp in the deal that sent Heatley to San Jose, Michalek had his first three-goal game in the NHL, scoring twice short-handed and once on a power play in Ottawa's 7-1 victory against Tampa Bay on Thursday.

"To see all the people standing and clapping for me was an awesome feeling," Michalek said. "Hopefully, there's many goals to come."

Michalek shoveled a rebound past goalie Mike Smith with Tampa Bay on the power play in the first period. The big Czech winger then beat Smith again on a short-handed breakaway early in the second, helping the Senators to their fourth win in five games.

"Two short-handed goals, it's embarrassing," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "We gave one up against Florida [in a win Monday night]. I know it's only Game 6, but when you give up three short-handed goals in two games, there's going to be some video, there's going to be some talking and there might be some changes."

Michalek completed the hat trick when he converted a spinning pass from Jason Spezza during a third-period power play.

Jarkko Ruutu had a goal and two assists and Alexei Kovalev, Alexandre Picard and Nick Foligno also scored for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson had three assists.

"Obviously, we played good, but they didn't have a great game today," Alfredsson said. "We get up a couple fairly early and they have to force it and go on the offense, which opens things up. It's a big confidence boost for us, but it's one of those games that kind of got a little bit out of hand for them."

Pascal Leclaire enjoyed a quiet night in goal, needing to make only 16 saves.

Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone scored his sixth goal of the season.

Smith finished with 28 saves.


  • Martin St. Louis had an assist for Tampa Bay. He has at least a point in every game this season.
  • The Senators will be Montreal on Saturday night. It'll be Kovalev's first game there since signing with Ottawa in the offseason.
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Teeth or no teeth, that's a pretty smile for Milan Michalek showing his hat trick puck. (Getty Images)
Teeth or no teeth, that's a pretty smile for Milan Michalek showing his hat trick puck. (Getty Images)
Tampa Bay (2-2-2)0101
Ottawa  (4-2-0) «2327
Three Stars
M. Michalek

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
J. Ruutu

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
A. Volchenkov

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
04:25Alexei Kovalev (2), Tip-In. Assist: Alfredsson
10:22Short - Milan Michalek (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ruutu
05:41Short - Milan Michalek (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Alfredsson, Volchenkov
06:15Alexandre Picard (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Ruutu, Kelly
10:59Nick Foligno (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Phillips, Volchenkov
14:26Ryan Malone (6), Slap Shot. Assist: St. Louis, Stamkos
11:39Power Play - Milan Michalek (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Spezza, Alfredsson
17:01Jarkko Ruutu (2), Tip-In. Assist: Kelly, Karlsson
Penalty Summary
08:47Kovalev, 2 min, Hooking
13:37Malone, 2 min, Interference
19:43Neil, 4 min, Roughing
19:43Downie, 2 min, Roughing
02:18Konopka, 2 min, Interference
03:28Michalek, 2 min, Interference
04:09Carkner, 2 min, Holding
07:16Walker, 5 min, Fighting
07:16Neil, 5 min, Fighting
07:16Neil, 2 min, Roughing
17:11Tanguay, 2 min, Holding
20:00Downie, 4 min, Roughing
20:00Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Phillips, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Volchenkov, 2 min, Roughing
11:04Ohlund, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:57Downie, 5 min, Fighting
11:57Carkner, 5 min, Fighting
11:57Carkner, 2 min, Holding
11:57Konopka, 10 min, Misconduct
11:57Neil, 10 min, Misconduct
17:24Halpern, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay66517
Mike Smith59:48287
Pascal Leclaire60:00161
Game Information
Attendance - 17732
Referees - Mike Leggo, Eric Furlatt
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Mark Pare
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