Zack Smith scored twice and Craig Anderson made 31 saves Monday as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2.
Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno also scored for the Senators (13-11-3), who were playing their first of nine home games this month.
Bruno Gervais and Martin St. Louis replied for the Lightning (11-13-2), while Steven Stamkos had two assists. Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots in taking the loss.
Monday’s game was the first of a four-game road trip for the Lightning. Tampa Bay has dropped four in a row and has just three wins in its last 11 games.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Senators tied at 8:58 on a heads up play by their goalie.
Anderson came way out of his net to play the puck to Jason Spezza near centre. Spezza gained the Tampa Bay blue-line and dropped the puck to Alfredsson, who ripped a shot past Roloson from the top of the circle.
Foligno scored the winner at 15:33 after he collected the rebound of an Alfredsson shot off the end boards and stuffed it behind Roloson.
Smith added his second of the night on a breakaway 46 seconds later after taking a feed from Sergei Gonchar.
After a first period that featured few scoring chances, the Lightning came on in the second, including a 4-on-1 that Anderson stopped.
Tampa Bay was finally rewarded at 13:52 when Gervais fired a shot from just inside the blue-line past a screened Anderson.
Ottawa tied it less than three minutes later when Smith, who now has five goals in his last five games, redirected Jared Cowen’s point shot.
The Lightning took a 2-1 lead at 3:35 of the third off a turnover by Erik Karlsson. The Senators defenceman coughed up the puck at his own blue-line to Stamkos, who fed a wide open St. Louis in front.
Notes: Anderson’s assist on Alfredsson’s goal was his third of the season, tying his career high from the 2009-10 season. ... Smith was named the Senators’ player of the month for November. He tripped on the carpet as he accepted the award on the ice before the game, earning some serious laughter from teammates. ... The Senators were without Filip Kuba (upper body, day-to-day), Peter Regin (shoulder, indefinitely) and Matt Carkner (knee, day-to-day). Nikita Filatov was a healthy scratch. ... The Lightning were without Pavel Kubina (lower body, day-to-day) and Mattias Ohlund (knee, indefinitely). Adam Hall was a healthy scratch.
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