Ben Bishop, Valterri Filpulla injuries deflate Tampa Bay Lightning in Ottawa Senators' victory
Lightning 3, Senators 5
10:55 PM, Jan 30, 2014
3:53 AM, Jan 31, 2014
OTTAWA, Canada (ap) - Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson, Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored as the Ottawa Senators jumped out to a four-goal lead and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Thursday night,
Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots for Ottawa.
Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, who have lost two straight. Anders Lindback faced 28 shots after replacing Ben Bishop.
Two minutes in, Bishop, who was playing his first game in Ottawa since being traded to the Lightning last April, came way out of his net to play the puck and ended up getting kicked in the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov. Bishop lay on the ice motionless, silencing the 19,757 on hand before he was able to leave the ice on his own.
On the play, Methot scored into a wide-open net picking up his fifth of the season for a career high.
Ottawa made it 2-0 with 25 seconds remaining in the period as Jason Spezza took a stretch pass from Milan Michalek, froze the Lightning defense, and found Karlsson all alone in front of a wide-open net.
The Lightning cut the lead in half as Killorn beat Anderson cleanly, but it wasn't enough as the Senators went on to score two more by the end of the period to take a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Smith made it 3-1 as he grabbed a loose puck at the side of the net, moved in front and put a shot off the crossbar that bounced off Lindback and in. Turris then picked up his 18th late in the period as Ryan fought off Victor Hedman and left the puck back for Turris who buried it.
Ryan made it 5-1 early in the third as he picked up his team-leading 20th of the season. It was his first goal in six games.
Johnson made it 5-2 scoring short-handed late in the third.
Tampa pulled Lindback with over three minutes remaining in regulation and made the most of the man advantage as Hedman made it 5-3. The Lightning made the final minutes exciting as they kept Lindback on the bench, but were unable to complete the comeback.
In addition to losing Bishop, the Lightning also lost leading scorer Valterri Filpulla early in the second. Filpulla returned briefly, but then left the game with a lower body injury.
The Senators, with 58 points, move into a tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth and final playoff spot, but the Blue Jackets hold the tie-breaker with more wins (27).
Notes: Michalek picked up his 200th career NHL assist on Ottawa's second goal. D Chris Phillips missed his second straight game with a lower body injury. D Joe Corvo and LW Matt Kassian were healthy scratches for Ottawa. D Keith Aulie and C Tom Pyatt were healthy scratches for the Lightning.