St. Louis scores twice as Lightning beat Senators

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Updated: December 6, 2013

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Martin St. Louis scored twice to lift the
Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday at
Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Ondrej Palat assisted on both of St. Louis’ goals and Valtteri Filppula
also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who were coming off back-to-back shutout
losses.

Former Senator Ben Bishop backstopped the Tampa Bay triumph with 33 saves.

“We’re not winning this game without Bishop,” St. Louis said of his netminder.

Patrick Wiercioch potted Ottawa’s lone goal, while Robin Lehner allowed three
goals on 22 shots for the Senators, who have lost seven of their last 10
games.

“We couldn’t get it past Bish (Bishop) and they could get it past me,” Lehner
admitted when asked of the difference in the game.

Wiercioch’s power-play tally 6:11 into the second tied the game at 1-1, but
Palat set up St. Louis’ second of the night just over seven minutes later to
put the Lightning in front for good.

Much like the first goal, Palat picked up the puck behind the Ottawa net and
fed the disc to the front of the cage, where St. Louis one-timed the disc into
the back of the net for a 2-1 lead at 13:19.

Filppula added an insurance tally just under 11 minutes into the third, as he
skated down the right wing on a 2-on-1 rush before sneaking a wrister under
the blocker of Lehner from the right circle to make it 3-1 at 10:56.

Following a 17-save second stanza, Bishop blocked all eight shots he faced in
the third to keep the Lightning in front.

With the Lightning struggling to score coming into the tilt, St. Louis got the
team on the board late in the first when he stopped a Palat pass with his
skate before ripping a quick shot under the glove of Lehner to make it 1-0 at
16:45.

Following an interference penalty against Tampa Bay’s Keith Aulie at 5:46 of
the second, Wiercioch wheeled around in the high slot and blasted a shot past
Bishop to even the score.

Game Notes

St. Louis’ first of the game ended Tampa Bay’s scoreless streak at 137:19 …
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman suffered a lower-body injury and did not
return … Tampa Bay had lost five in a row on the road … Bishop spent one-
plus season (2011-13) with Ottawa before being traded to Tampa Bay on Apr. 3
… Ottawa finished 1-for-5 on the power play.