"You can't find your big guys playing against probably one of the best teams right now, guess what's going to happen," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "We can't have guys lying in the weeds -- our best players -- in games against the best teams in the league. They need to be front and center, and they're not."
Alfredsson put the Senators up 2-1 at 3:43 of the second. Lightning goalie John Grahame slid almost to the blue line in an attempt to beat the right winger to a loose puck. After neither player gained control, Heatley took a shot from the high slot that went past a Tampa Bay player wide of the net as Grahame threw his stick along the ice at the him. The puck hit the end boards and Alfredsson scored from in front.
"That was a crazy play," Alfredsson said.
Heatley made it 3-1 with 17:45 remaining in the third. Schaeffer gave Ottawa a three-goal lead at 9:19.
Alfredsson has 10 points, including six goals, during a six-game point streak. Heatley (six assists, nine points) also has a point in six straight games.
The teams traded first-period goals. Neil scored for Ottawa at 1:53 before Tampa Bay tied it on Afanasenkov's goal with 10:45 left. Neil has four goals and seven points during a five-game point streak.
"This was a game as a measuring stick for us early in the year to see where we're at," Tortorella said. "We deserved that result."
The Lightning players held a postgame meeting. ... The Senators' game Saturday at Florida was postponed until Dec. 5 because of Hurricane Wilma. ... Ottawa left winger Vaclav Varada (knee) played after the missing the first five games of the season. ... Senators center Mike Fisher (shoulder) missed his third straight game. He could return next week. ... Ottawa right winger Martin Havlat began serving his five-game suspension for kicking Boston's Hal Gill on Oct. 15. ... Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger might return in a week after receiving a concussion and hairline fracture of his jaw in
Thursday's game at Atlanta. ... Lecavalier and Prospal had scored goals in their previous four games. ... Tampa Bay sent center Nick Tarnasky and right winger Evgeny Artyukhin to AHL Springfield.
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Arena: Tampa Bay Times Forum Location: Tampa, Florida
Referees: Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Angelo D'Amico, Greg Devorski
Attendance: 20,494 (103.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Chris Neil (4)
Assists: Peter Schaefer, Jason Spezza
Dmitry Afanasenkov (1)
Assists: Darryl Sydor, Dan Boyle
Daniel Alfredsson (6)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Dany Heatley
Dany Heatley (3)
Assists: Jason Spezza, Brandon Bochenski
Peter Schaefer (1)
Assists: Chris Neil, Zdeno Chara