On Saturday night, the Ottawa Senators battled back to electrify the second place Tampa Bay Lightning with a 6-4 upset victory. After the Senators took an early lead, the Lightning stormed back with a lead of their own, only to be overwhelmed by another Senators effort, which flipped the score yet again before game concluded.
“We started great, a few bad bounces our way, and all of a sudden it was 4-2. It was great rallying between second and third, and the one thing we wanted was sixty minutes of compete, regardless of the score. And that’s how we played“, said Senators head coach Guy Boucher after the game.
On the eve of Remembrance Day, the win improves the Senators record to 7-7-3 and 17 points, while the Lightning fall to 12-4-1 and remain at 25 points. The loss was also Tampa’s first against an Eastern Conference team this season, and breaks their win streak at four games.
The Senators took to the ice at Amalie Arena with energy, as they stunned Lightning fans by taking an early two goal lead. By 7:21 of the first, both Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan had found holes in Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Duchene, who has been white hot of late with seven points (2G, 7A) in his last three games, notched his sixth goal of the season. He would add two more assists and earn the game’s third star. Ryan has also been productive lately, with nine points (4G, 5A) in his last 11 games. In the post-game interviews, Ryan and teammate Cody Ceci received special acknowledgements from the coach.
“I think tonight, Bobby Ryan was outstanding. He’s been really good for awhile now. I thought tonight, from beginning to the end, he was our best player”, said Boucher. With regard to Ceci, Boucher noted, “Cody played a terrific game. I thought he was everywhere tonight… he was our leader back there for sure, absolutely.”
Before the end of the first period, Mathieu Joseph cut the Senator’s lead in half, scoring his third of the season. In the second period, it was all Tampa, who lit the lamp three more times behind Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. Goals were also generated by Victor Hedman, off a highlight reel coast-to-coast rush, Braydon Coburn, and Joseph, who tallied his second of the night. After 40 minutes of play, the Lightning’s comeback had earned them a 4-2 lead.
Joseph has enjoyed playing the Senators this season. Last Sunday, he scored his first NHL goal in Ottawa. Overall, he has scored three of his four goals versus this year against the Sens.
Despite watching their early lead evaporate with four unanswered Tampa Bay goals, the Senators had no quit entering the third period.
Ottawa responded early and often, starting with Brady Tkachuk, who scored his fourth of the season less than a minute after puck drop. In his second game since returning from injury, Tkachuk was named the game’s first star. He recorded two points (1G, 1A), three shots, and two hits. His return was a major boost for the Senators in this game, who were without him against the Lightning earlier in the week. Ottawa’s other goals in their impressive comeback came from Colin White, Ryan Dzingel, and Mark Stone.
The comeback was sweet justice for the Senators, who let a late third period lead dissolve last Sunday against the Bolts, before collapsing in overtime. So far, Ottawa has earned three of four possible points against the Lightning this season.
- Despite the firepower in Tampa’s line-up, the Senators held the Lightning to less than 30 shots against this game. In addition, Ottawa managed to outshoot Tampa, 34-28.
- The Senators power play continues to produce, going 2/4 or 50 per cent on the night. Meanwhile, their penalty kill was 2/3 this game, or 66 per cent successful.
- Since Anderson started this game, back-up goaltender Mike McKenna has received the call from the Senators to start against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
Official 3 Stars of the Game
- Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa (1G, 1A)
- Mathieu Joseph, Tampa Bay (2G, 1A)
- Matt Duchene, Ottawa (1G, 2A)
The Senators continue and finish their two-game, back-to-back road trip through the State of Florida on Sunday. They will take on the Florida Panthers and former Senator Mike Hoffman for the first time this season.
|1||Ottawa||1-0||4:58||Matt Duchene (6)||Colin White (5)|
|1||Ottawa||2-0||7:21||Bobby Ryan (5)||Cody Ceci (3)|
|1||Tampa Bay||2-1||8:49||Mathieu Joseph||Mikhail Sergachev (6), Braydon Coburn (4)|
|2||Tampa Bay [PPG]||2-2||0:39||Victor Hedman (3)||Andrei Vasilevskiy (1)|
|2||Tampa Bay||2-3||9:15||Braydon Coburn (3)||Alex Killorn (4), Mathieu Joseph (2)|
|2||Tampa Bay||2-4||14:32||Mathieu Joseph (4)||Alex Killorn (5), Anthony Cirelli (3)|
|3||Ottawa||3-4||0:50||Brady Tkachuk (4)||Unassisted|
|3||Ottawa [PPG]||4-4||8:41||Colin White (6)||Brady Tkachuk (4), Bobby Ryan (6)|
|3||Ottawa||5-4||10:30||Ryan Dzingel (8)||Matt Duchene (12)|
|3||Ottawa [PPG]||6-4||19:48||Mark Stone (7)||Matt Duchene (13), Bobby Ryan (7)|
Cover Photo Credit: Jason Behnken/Associated Press
Billy Morrison covers the Ottawa Senators and the Atlantic Division for Full Press Coverage. Follow Billy on Twitter, @BillyMorrison01.