If the road to the Stanley Cup indeed passes through Tampa Bay, then the Ottawa Senators put a down payment on the trip Thursday night. The Senators doubled the Lightning 4-2 as Ottawa became the first team in the NHL East to notch its tenth win of the season.
The Senators spread out the scoring a bit this time around, no four goal splurges by the stars. Though, Daniel Alfredsson continued on his scoring pace with a goal and an assist, Martin Havlat pulled in the reins a bit with only one goal tonight, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza also kept their scoring streaks alive with assists. Wade Redden and Mike Fisher scored the other Ottawa markers on the way to the victory. Domenic Hasek returned to the Ottawa nets for the win, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced.
Tampa scored their goals on two power plays, with goals from Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier, who took advantage of five consecutive Senator penalties. But like every other night since March 1st of 2003, the Lightning could not pull out the win.
Over 18,000 fans took in the night at the Corel Center and once again they did not go home disappointed. The Sens now rest up for the New York Islanders who are in town on Saturday night, the Lightning travel on to Toronto and a Hockey Night In Canada clash with the Leafs.