By: Brian Alward
The Lightning come out victorious in a back-and-forth battle with the Ottawa Senators Thursday night.
Teddy Purcell did not waste any time scoring the first goal for the Bolts only 23 seconds into the game. He got assists from Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson. It remained 1-0 until, at the 10:44 mark, when Clarke MacArthur scores a shorthanded goal assisted by Kyle Turris. At 12:38, Purcell found the back of the net again. This goal was also assisted by Hedman and Johnson. The Senators answer with a powerplay goal from Erik Karlsson assisted by Mike Hoffman and Jason Spezza.
The Lightning got a powerplay goal from Valtteri Filppula at the 5:43 mark of the second period assisted by Ondrej Palat and Sami Salo. Then Ottawa is able to get the score back to a tie with a goal from Ales Hemsky at the 17:32 mark assisted by Milan Michalek.
At the 3:48 mark of the third period, Eric Brewer got his first goal of the year to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead. He got the assists from J.T. Brown and Alex Killorn. The Bolts were finally able to get their first 2-goal lead of the night with a powerplay goal from Ryan Callahan assisted by Palat and Salo. The Senators pulled their goalie with over two minutes left in the game. It paid off as Michalek was able to find the back of the net at the 17:08 mark in the third period. He was assisted by Karlsson and Spezza.
The Senators never took the lead, but they continued to tie the game and bring it within one all night long.
The Bolts take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at 1 P.M. The pregame will get started at 12:30 on 970 WFLA.