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Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida Attendance: 19,092
Spoiling Senators hope to cool off hot Lightning
Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning
- Ottawa defeated Florida, 5-3, at BB&T Center last night, improving to 3-1-0 in its last four road tilts. Including Monday night's victory, the Senators are 14-2-2 when leading after the first period in 2017-18.
- Tampa Bay beat Montreal, 3-2, in a shootout at Amalie Arena on Saturday, winning its fifth straight game, and improving to 9-0-1 in the last 10 contests overall. The Bolts have six shootout victories in 2017-18 -- tied for most in the league.
- The Lightning have taken two of three meetings with the Sens this season, including a 4-3 shootout win the clubs' first game at Amalie Arena. Dating to the beginning of 2012-13, Tampa Bay is 9-1-2 in its last 12 home tilts vs. Ottawa.
- Matt Duchene lit the lamp twice last night, earning first-star accolades, while recording his 20th and 21st goals of the season. Duchene has 18 points (9G, 9A) in his last 17 games.
- Nikita Kucherov had a regulation goal and the game-winning shootout goal Saturday, upping his point streak to four straight games (1G, 5A during streak). Kucherov's shootout goal was his first (in four chances) of the 2017-18 campaign.
- Tyler Johnson potted his 20th goal of the season on Saturday, giving the Lightning and NHL-high six skaters with 20+ markers in 2017-18. Johnson has two goals and four helpers during his current five-game point streak vs. Ottawa.
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TAMPA, Fla. -- One night after ending the Florida Panthers' eight-game home winning streak, the Ottawa Senators look to end another lengthy streak in Tampa.
The league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning enter Tuesday's meeting with Ottawa riding a 9-0-1 streak as they try to hold off the Boston Bruins atop the Eastern Conference standings. Tampa Bay has also won five consecutive games overall.
But with a matchup against Boston looming this weekend, the Lightning know they can't afford to overlook Tuesday's game against the Senators.
"At this time of year, you have teams that are in the playoffs who are trying to be at their best and other teams who are trying to get in the playoffs, so everyone is trying to play their best at this time of year," Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. "It's competitive hockey, it's fun hockey, so we need to expect tight, defensive games."
Tampa Bay has found a way to win close games, with six of the past seven games decided in overtime, five of which have been won by the Lightning.
"You have to give credit to the guys, they've found a way to get points and that's what you have to do," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said.
The Senators, long out of the playoff picture, know that opponents like Florida and Tampa Bay have something to play for and expect to see that type of effort from their opponent. On Monday, they were ready to match it from the start, building a 2-0 lead in the opening period.
"We were outstanding in the first, I thought we could have had at least another two goals," Ottawa center Matt Duchene told the Ottawa Sun. "That's a team really desperate for points right now."
Ottawa, which is without forward Mark Stone, has struggled with back-to-back games of late and knows it will have all it can handle facing a Tampa Bay team that beat the Senators already during the 10-game stretch.
"We've been playing real good for some time now, but the two games that have been difficult for us, even though we kept them close, have been the back-to-backs (against Arizona and Tampa Bay)," Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher told the team's website.
"Now we have a back-to-back against a team that is 9-0-1 in its past 10, so we have to find a way to be better than we were in the previous two back-to-backs."
Updated March 13, 2018