The defending Stanley Cup champions had won five of six games
before the Olympic break, only to return to action in poor
fashion by dropping three straight games at home by a combined
score of 18-4.
The stunning slide started with an 8-2 setback to lowly Florida,
followed by a 6-2 loss to Montreal and a 4-0 blanking at the
hands of Ottawa on Monday. The difficult slump has left Tampa
Bay in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, just a point
ahead of the Canadiens.
The Lightning held a shots advantage in the first two periods
against the Senators but were unable to get anything past Ottawa
goaltender Ray Emery, who dealt Tampa Bay its first scoreless
effort since October 7.
The Penguins will be trying to avoid the same fate as the
Lightning after dropping the first two games of their homestand,
including Saturday's 7-5 loss to Carolina.
The Hurricanes scored five times in the first period before Mark
Recchi finally got Pittsburgh on the board early in the second.
Recchi added two more tallies in the third to pull the
Penguins within two goals, but never closer.
Fredrik Modin scored twice to help Tampa Bay secure a 4-1
victory in the last meeting between the teams November 27.