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Anderson solid, Turris buries first as a Sen in victory over Lightning

Ottawa Senators left wing Nick Folign, centre, congratulates Zack Smith, left, on his goal and Daniel Alfredsson on his assist.

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Craig Anderson made 35 saves and Kyle Turris scored his first goal in an Ottawa uniform Thursday as the Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.

Daniel Alfredsson scored into an empty net and added two assists, while Jason Spezza and Zach Smith had the other goals for Ottawa (21-15-5). Turris also picked up an assist.

Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 28th of the season for Tampa Bay (17-19-3), which got 20 saves from Dwayne Roloson.

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The Senators have won four straight, while the Lightning have lost two games in a row.

Anderson kept Ottawa in the game as the desperate Tampa Bay squad seemed to come in waves at times, especially in the second period when the Lightning held a 16-8 shot advantage.

Turris made it 2-0 for Ottawa at 17:07 of the second period on a neat deflection off a pass from Alfredsson.

Stamkos scored off a scramble at 8:48 of the third to make it 2-1, but Smith put the game out of reach with a bullet slapshot off another Alfredsson feed at 16:34.

The Senators captain then iced the game with an empty-net goal at 19:07.

Spezza opened the scoring at 10:36 of the first on shot that squeaked through Roloson.

The win capped off a big day for Ottawa, which learned earlier that Spezza, Alfredsson, winger Milan Michalek and defenceman Erik Karlsson had been voted in by fans to start the all-star game.

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The game will be played at Scotiabank Place on Jan. 29.

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