OTTAWA – Mike Fisher found the perfect way to cap the Ottawa Senators’ recent eight-game homestand.
Fisher scored in overtime and the Senators increased their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
“We’ve felt like we’ve upped our game and we’re finding little ways to win and trying to be patient regardless of the circumstance in the game,” Fisher said.
“I think we’ve done a good job of not panicking and tonight we stuck it out and got a big win.”
Chris Phillips took a shot from 30 feet out that Karri Ramo stopped, but Fisher was right there to put in the rebound for his 11th goal of the season.
“I was just trying to crash the net and Philly got a good shot on net and I was able to get the rebound. It was nice to get that one in overtime. I don’t think we played our best game and we have to be better in certain areas,” Fisher said.
The Senators were 5-2-1 over the homestand.
Ryan Shannon and Chris Kelly scored in regulation for the Senators (27-29-10), who went 1-6 on the power play and outshot the Lightning 27-24 overall. Brian Elliott made 22 saves in the Ottawa goal.
Cory Murphy and Adam Hall scored for the Lightning as Karri Ramo made 24 saves. The Lightning (21-32-14) scored twice on five power play opportunities.
Jason Spezza appeared to score with just under five minutes to play in the third, but the goal – that would have given the Senators a 3-2 lead – was immediately waved off. After video review, the call on the ice stood as officials said Spezza kicked the puck into the net.
Tied 1-1 going into the second period, all of the scoring over the next 20 minutes came during the same tripping penalty to Senators winger Christoph Schubert.
Kelly completed a short-handed two-on-one with Daniel Alfredsson giving the Senators a 2-1 lead at 9:25. Kelly redirected Alfredsson’s pass just in front of Ramo, who made the initial save but was unable to control the puck and it slid in underneath him.
“It was a great pass by Alfie and I just drove the net,” Kelly said.
“It snuck by the far post and Ramo got his glove on it but it just crossed the line. I’ll take it. We’ve been playing better of late and we want to continue. Now we just have to continue on the road with the way we played at home.”
Just 13 seconds after the Kelly goal, Hall was able to get his stick on a centring pass from Evgeny Artyukhin and poke the puck past Elliott to tie the game.
Murphy opened the scoring at 2:37 of the first period when his point shot found its way through traffic and past Elliott while the Lightning were on the power play.
The Senators returned the favour scoring a power play goal of their own at 4:53 when Shannon scored from a sharp angle as he lifted a shot over a sprawled Ramo in the Tampa goal.
It was still a loss for the Lightning, but a much more respectable one than the embarrassing 9-3 drubbing they suffered at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
“We played hard. I don’t think we gave them much and the goals that they did get they were opportunistic. I thought we played good and I was happy after our last game that they came out with this effort,” said Lightning coach Rick Tocchet.
“You can tell the guys played a lot harder than Saturday but it was still a tough one because you want to win these types of games.”
Notes: The Lightning are hurting in the back end as defenceman Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros missed their 14th and 15th games respectively with injuries WednesdayRyan Malone needs three assists for 100 in his careerThe Lightning are in Toronto to play the Maple Leafs Thursday nightThe Senators lead the lifetime series with the Lightning 38-17-2-4Jarkko Ruutu needs one point to reach 100 for his careerSpezza’s first-period assist Wednesday gave him 400 points in his careerThe Senators left right after the game for a Thursday night meeting with the Bruins in Boston.