OTTAWA (AP) -- Whatever his intentions, Daniel Alfredsson
reverted to white stick tape late in the game and he was able to
sneak his blade onto the ice in the right place at the worst
possible moment for John Grahame and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Alfredsson scored with 7 seconds left in the third period to
give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Lightning on
After assisting on Dany Heatley's tying goal earlier in the
period, the Senators captain got the winner moments before the end
of regulation, tipping Jason Spezza's pass beyond Grahame into an
open right side from the edge of the crease.
"I wore black all game and just changed to an old one at the
end," Alfredsson said. "I'm superstitious more about not being
Heatley, who had a goal and two assists, scored his team-leading
38th goal on a 5-on-3 advantage 4:19 into the third to tie it at 3.
Spezza had three assists and Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa,
which has won eight of nine overall.
"The second half of the game I thought we played really well,"
Alfredsson said. "We were able to get the puck in deep and we were
able to keep them in their end for long periods of time, forget
that fact we haven't done a whole lot lately, and we just wore them
down, I think."
Vincent Lecavalier scored his 29th and 30th goals and Dimitry
Afanasenkov also scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost six of eight.
Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella was asked if the effects of the
devastating loss would linger with his players.
"No, we'll rebound," Tortorella said. "They should feel good
about how they played. It's our seventh game in 11 nights against a
quality team and we've got to just find positives as we go through
here and there are plenty of them tonight."
Senators goalie Ray Emery improved to 7-1 in his eighth straight
start since taking over for the injured Dominik Hasek.
"Time goes by fast for me right now," Emery said. "It's fun
to hang out with the guys and know that you're going to get in
Grahame started despite Sean Burke's 31-save performance in the
Lightning's 2-1 win in Montreal the night before. Grahame made 27
"I just don't like playing (Burke) back-to-back at this point
in the season, so Johnny went in," Tortorella said.
Ottawa came close to taking its first lead when Chris Kelly
batted a puck out of the air and into the net at 9:51, but referee
Chris Kelly immediately waved off the goal -- a call that was
supported by a brief video review.
Lecavalier, who also scored Monday night in Montreal, opened the
scoring 2:18 in when he backhanded his own rebound past Emery.
Neil got credit for his 14th goal on a power play at 4:42.
Heatley's shot struck Neil while he was in front of the net and
deflected past Grahame to tie it at 1.
The game was delayed for about 12 minutes early in the second
because of a problem with the boards in the right corner in Tampa
"We were talking about making dinner plans and getting a
reservation somewhere but it was good that they got it fixed,"
Spezza said. "With the compressed schedule, the worst thing that
could happen is we'd have to re-schedule the game."
The Lightning scored a couple of quick goals shortly after play
resumed to take a 3-1 lead.
Lecavalier reached 30 goals for the third straight season with a
power-play goal at 4:49, and Afanasenkov scored his sixth 29
seconds later at 5:18 to put Tampa Bay up by two.
With Lightning defenseman Nolan Pratt off for hooking, Ottawa
appeared to blow a chance to get back in the game when Alfredsson
had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty added when he dropped his
stick and glove to the ice after he was called for holding St.
Louis at 19:15.
"It was something I shouldn't have done but it was just that I
had such good position on St. Louis and there was no way I clutched
him," Alfredsson said. "It was frustrating because we were
getting a lot of penalties, it seemed like, and I just lost it."
But rookie defenseman Andrej Meszaros scored 30 seconds later on
the ensuing 4-on-4 at 19:45 to draw the Senators to 3-2.
Lecavalier has nine goals in his last 12 games. ... The
crowd of 19,810 was Ottawa's 27th sellout in 31 home games.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Paul Devorski, Chris Lee Linesmen: Steve Miller, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 19,810 (107.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Vincent Lecavalier (29)
Assists: Vinny Prospal, Dan Boyle
Chris Neil (14)
(Power Play) Assists: Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza
Vincent Lecavalier (30)
(Power Play) Assists: Vinny Prospal, Pavel Kubina
Dmitry Afanasenkov (6)
Assist: Evgeny Artyukhin
Andrej Meszaros (6)
Assists: Mike Fisher, Peter Schaefer
Dany Heatley (38)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson (37)
Assists: Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley