It has become pretty standard the last little while but once again the Sens refused to roll over. Tampa Bay is a team that is playoff bound but the young Sens gave them everything they could handle in this one.
In the end it wasn’t enough as the Lightning added an empty netter and went on to 5-2 win.
Tampa Bay is a strong team and you had to know they would be hungry for a win against an Ottawa team that has given them trouble recently.
Since the NHL trade deadline, there has been much written and talked about when it comes to the improved play of the Sens. The improvement has been most dramatic on the penalty kill. Ottawa has now killed off 76 of the last 79 opposition power plays, including all four against the Lightning tonight.
Also a positive in this one was the play of Spezza. Scored the Sens first goal of the night and picked up an assist on Michalek’s shorthanded goal late in the third period. Also thought Erik Karlsson looked excellent again in over 25 minutes of ice time.
Wanted to thank everyone that took the time to play along in today’s contest. The winner will be notified via email after I have a chance to go through the entries. Remember if more than one person has both the exact score and GWG correct, the winner will be determined by a random draw.
I know that late empty-netter by Stamkos broke some hearts!
Another pair of tickets in the Wiser’s Suite on the line tomorrow!
Here is how the bottom five look after tonight’s action. The Oilers are in action later tonight.