Lightning strike to hand Senators seventh straight loss

Wed Dec 5, 2007 12:51am EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Lightning edged Ottawa 4-3 after a shootout on Tuesday, handing the Senators a seventh consecutive loss despite a stirring late comeback by the visitors in regulation play.

Vaclav Prospal connected in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Lightning a second straight win, a victory that had looked fairly routine until the Senators tied the game with two goals in the last two minutes of regulation.

"It was a big win for us," Tampa coach John Tortorella told reporters.

"At this time of year, and where we've gone and some of the things that have gone on with our club, we need to win that one.

"Usually you're happy getting a point (for the tie at the end of regulation) but we needed to win that game, just for our confidence."

The Lightning had lost six straight games before coming home with a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

They made it two in a row Tuesday but it was far from easy.

Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the third period, the second goal coming at 18:03. Wade Redden scored 36 seconds later to allow the struggling Senators to force the extra session.

Goalie Ray Emery made a big save in the closing seconds of the five-minute overtime but Ottawa lost in the shootout.   Continued...

<p>Tampa Bay Lightning fans celebrate behind Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery after he gave up the eventual game-winning shootout goal to Vaclav Prospal in their NHL hockey game in Tampa, Florida December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Carlson</p>