Emery, filling in for the injured Hasek, helped the Senators win
their fifth straight game. Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner,
injured his groin five minutes into his first Olympic game with the
Czech Republic on Feb. 15.
"Ray really battles and is playing well," Ottawa coach Bryan
Murray said. "He looks very confident now in his play. They had
some chances and he did a real good job. Emery just wouldn't give
Sean Burke made 30 saves for Tampa Bay. The defending Stanley
Cup champion Lightning, who open a five-game road trip Tuesday at
Pittsburgh, have been outscored 18-4 in three consecutive losses
since the end of the Olympic break.
"Right now, we've got to find a way to win, home or away,"
Burke said. "We've got to find that formula again and start
putting some points on the board."
The Lightning are seventh in the Eastern Conference, but are
only four points ahead of ninth-place Atlanta.
"I thought we played with more energy, I thought we did better
things tonight," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "Both
teams had some opportunties. They scored on a couple. We didn't."
Vermette put the Senators up 1-0 at 2:35 of the first. He scored
from the low slot off a pass from Christoph Schubert following a
Emery made 13 saves in the first, including in-close shots by
Ryan Craig and Vinny Prospal during a Tampa Bay power play.
"Sean Burke was a huge idol of mine as a kid, so I was really
excited to play against him," Emery said. "I'm excited every time
I get a chance to play right now. It's a new experience for me."
Ottawa went ahead 3-0 in the second on goals 1:31 apart by
Spezza (11:38) and Fisher (13:09). Schaefer made it 4-0 with 12:41
left in the third.
Tampa Bay right wing Evgeny Artyukhin received a match penalty
at 17:53 of the second during a scrum after he checked Vermette
into the boards. He hit Vermette, who was given a roughing minor,
in head with a helmut.
"I've never seen a player take it off the other players head
and then hit him over the head with it," Murray said. "I don't
know why the kid did that. I don't know what was going on there
Vermette required several stitches for a cut on the top of his
"I was shocked, but at the same time I've been playing a little
bit against the guy and I've seen some stuff you don't want to see
in the game," Vermette said.
The NHL will review the matter for a possible suspension.
Artyukhin was not availble for comment.
"What's wrong with that guy?" Schubert said. "It has nothing
to do with sport, I guess. I think it's just stupid. There's no
Ottawa is 17-2-1-0 in its last 20 games against the
Lightning. ... Fisher has a career-high 20 goals. ... Lightning RW
Rob DiMaio didn't play because of a lower back injury. ... Ottawa
RW Dany Heatley extended his point streak to five games with an
assist on Spezza's goal. He has four assists and seven points
during the stretch.
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Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Antoine Vermette (14)
Assists: Christoph Schubert, Anton Volchenkov
Jason Spezza (16)
Assists: Dany Heatley, Brian Pothier
Mike Fisher (20)
Assist: Zdeno Chara
Peter Schaefer (16)
Assists: Brian Pothier, Chris Neil