Milan Michalek had a good laugh when asked if he felt embarrassed to complete his hat trick with two empty-net goals Tuesday night.

"A little bit," he said. "But they count, and I'm happy for it."

As well he should be, especially considering the company he now keeps.

The 27-year-old winger joined Mario Lemieux and Marcel Dionne as the only three players in NHL history to score goal Nos. 2 and 3 of a trick into a vacated cage, when he sealed the Senators' 7-3 victory over Tampa. Both of the two career hat tricks Michalek has registered have been against the Lightning, with the most recent coming at a critical time as it was in the third period of a game that looked like it would become the second in a row the Senators had frittered away after building a comfortable cushion.