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Lightning look for first winning streak under Tocchet

Tampa Bay (7-14-8) at Ottawa (10-12-5), 7:00 p.m. EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- After having their organization publicly

insulted recently by fired coach Barry Melrose, the Tampa Bay

Lightning have the chance to earn their first winning streak

under interim leader Rick Tocchet.

Tocchet and the Lightning seek their second straight victory

following a nine-game losing skid when they visit the Ottawa

Senators on Saturday.

Tampa Bay's Mark Recchi had an assist in the team's 3-1 win over

the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, moving him into a tie with

Jari Kurri for third place on the NHL career points list among

right wings, trailing Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr.

The 40-year-old Recchi is two points away from reaching 1,400

for his career.

Tampa Bay is 2-7-4 since Tocchet took over for Melrose, who

ripped his former team earlier this week during an interview on

a Toronto sports radio station.

Melrose was dismissed on November 14 after the Lightning started

5-7-4. Tocchet inherited a team that has scored only 68 goal,

second-worst in the NHL. The only team that has netted fewer

goals is Ottawa, which has posted 64.

The Lightning have been sparked by Martin St. Louis, who has a

six-game point streak. During that span, he has collected five

goals and three assists.

The Senators have dropped three in a row, including a 5-1 loss

to the Washington Capitals on Friday.


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