|Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, rear, is congratulated by teammate Colin Greening (14) after scoring against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)|
Alfredsson leads Senators past Lightning 4-1
OTTAWA—Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists, Craig Anderson made 35 saves and the Ottawa Senators extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Alfredsson got his second assist on Zack Smith's goal at 16:34 that made it 3-1. Alfredsson scored into an empty net at 19:07.
Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, and Jason Spezza and Zack Smith also scored for Ottawa.
Earlier in the day, Alfredsson and Spezza were among four Senators players elected by fans to the All-Star game Jan. 29 in Ottawa. Defenseman Erik Karlsson led all vote-getters, and forward Milan Michalek also was chosen.
Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 28th goal 8:48 into the third to draw Tampa Bay within 2-1. Stamkos, who has scored eight times during a five-game goal streak, ruined Anderson's bid for the Senators' first shutout of the season.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 20 shots for the Lightning, who lost 7-3 in Toronto on Tuesday night to end a three-game winning streak. Tampa Bay wraps up its three-game trip to Canada on Saturday night in Montreal.
Spezza, Alfredsson, Karlsson and Michalek were among the first six players voted to the All-Star game when fan balloting results were announced earlier in the day.
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis rang a shot that rattled off the posts but stayed out early in the third as he failed to record a point for the first time in his last eight games, including six in a row since returning from facial and nasal fractures.
St. Louis had scored a goal in each of his previous two games when he was hit by a shot in practice on Dec. 8. He missed the next five games, ending his consecutive games streak at 499.
Spezza, who will make his second All-Star game appearance later this month at Scotiabank Place, opened the scoring 10:36 in. The Ottawa center used his long reach to float a backhand of Colin Greening's rebound past Roloson.
Alfredsson drew an assist as Turris made it 2-0 with 2:53 left in the second. It was his first goal in 14 games, including eight for the Senators since he was acquired in a Dec. 17 trade with Phoenix.
Greening drove a shot off the post at the other end of the ice immediately after St. Louis' scoring chance.
Erik Condra had an apparent goal waved off at 18:58 of the first. Referee Kevin Pollock signaled a boarding penalty on Turris for his hit on Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy behind the net while Condra began to celebrate after stuffing the puck inside the right post.
NOTES: St. Louis had a goal and eight assists during his six-game points streak. ... Senators D Sergei Gonchar returned after missing two games. He was knocked out of the lineup Saturday in Buffalo after he was hit by a puck and cut on his helmetless head while skating during pregame warmups. ... Ottawa's Matt Carkner got the better of his fight with Lightning RW Adam Hall behind the Senators' net 12 minutes into the first.