Remember when Robin Lehner used to have problems in the shootouts? There was no evidence of them Monday at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Lehner stopped Valterri Filppula, Nikita Kucherov and Steve Stamkos, and Jason Spezza scored the only goal Ottawa would need to snap a six-game losing streak, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in the tie-breaking skills contest. “It was nice to get the win. That’s pretty much the feeling,” said Lehner. “I thought we battled really hard the first two periods. Little bit of penalty issues, but we’re fighting to the end. “ Lehner won for the first time since Feb. 4, a shootout victory in St. Louis. He is now 2-6 in career shootouts after losing his first six. The Senators blew a 3-1 second-period lead by giving up a pair of power play goals, one in the second and one in the third, but they showed the resolve to bounce back for their first victory since March 8. The Senators are now 4-6 in shootouts this season. Spezza came to a scrum with a big smile on his face for the first time in a long time. “It’s nice to get a win, it”s a feeling we haven’t had in a while,” said Spezza. “I think we played hard. We came out with some urgency.” About Bishop, Spezza said: “He’s such a big guy, he’s really good at shootouts. I remember in practice he was really good in shootouts.” Erik Karlsson broke his own record for most goals by a Senators defenceman when he notched his 20th in the first period. He also added two assists for a three-point night. Spezza and Kyle Turris had the other Ottawa goals, while Robin Lehner made 35 saves leading into the shootout. He took away an open side from Valtteri Filppula with a big left pad save about three minutes from the third period buzzer. Karlsson took a tripping penalty with four seconds left in regulation time, giving the Lightning a 4-on-3 advantage to start overtime, but the Senators killed it off. Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Stamkos scored for Tampa. The Senators tested former teammate Ben Bishop with 32 shots.
Senators get crucial win over Tampa Bay Lightning
Ottawa Sun | Mar 25