Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 3

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Ottawa 35-25-6-2 17-13-2-1 18-12-4-1 W1
Tampa Bay 31-29-3-3 20-10-1-1 11-19-2-2 L1


Milan Michalek had three goals and an assist as visiting Ottawa snapped Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.

Michalek scored two empty-net goals late to complete his second career hat trick - both against the Lightning - and help the Senators snap a two-game slide.

Michalek became the third player in NHL history to record a hat trick aided by two empty-netters (Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne).

Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon was injured while making a save early in the first period and was forced to leave with a lower-body injury.

Dwayne Roloson came on in relief and the Senators jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on goals from Sergei Gonchar, Colin Greening and Kyle Turris.

After the Lightning cut the lead to 3-2 courtesy of goals from former Senator Ryan Shannon and Tim Wallace, Erik Karlsson converted on the power play for Ottawa to make it 4-2 late in the second period.

Steven Stamkos netted his league-leading 48th goal in the third period to pull Tampa within a goal before Michalek responded with his 30th goal of the season to restore the two-goal lead.

Ben Bishop made 25 saves to earn the victory in his Senators debut.

Karlsson leads NHL defensemen with 67 points. ... It is Michalek's first 30-goal season. ... Senators goaltender Craig Anderson remains out indefinitely after lacerating his pinky finger with a knife last month. … Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips broke his nose after taking a hit in the first period. … Garon had won six of his last seven starts. ... Tampa Bay's Teddy Purcell extended his career-high points streak to 10 games.

Top Game Performances

Ottawa   Tampa Bay
Milan Michalek 4 Points Tom Pyatt 2
Milan Michalek 3 Goals Ryan Shannon 1
Filip Kuba 2 Assists Tom Pyatt 2
Milan Michalek 1 Power Play Goals Steven Stamkos 1
Milan Michalek 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Ben Bishop .893 Save Percentage Mathieu Garon 1.000
Ben Bishop 25 Saves Dwayne Roloson 25

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 35 7 2-3 2-3 11 32
Tampa Bay 28 3 1-3 1-3 11 35

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play its next game on the road against Washington. The Lightning have a W/L % of .548 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Senators have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .424 after a loss.
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