With nothing on the line tonight for the Ottawa Senators and fifth place in the Eastern Conference locked up, it looked like Tampa Bay was going to walk all over Ottawa. The Lightning jumped out to a 3-0 lead but not before they woke up a sleeping giant in the second period.
Ottawa scored three unanswered PP goals but failed to score the winner on numerous powerplay opportunities in the third. Nick Foligno, Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher found the back of the net for Ottawa but the game might come at a huge cost as Alex Kovalev left the game with a left knee injury. Kovalev actually had 5 shots on goal and 5 missed shots on goal before leaving the game.
The game was full of fights in the second period, first Fisher knocked out Victor Hedman with a hard left fist, then Lightning goalie Mike Smith went after Chris Neil which started a few more fights and endless PP opportunities for both sides.
The Neil, Ruutu and Winchester line had another great game and seemed tuned up for the playoffs. Rookie Jared Cowen played a paltry 6:46 of icetime, not sure why they even bothered to dress him.
On another note, I was told that if the Sens open up the first round of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins and if Montreal makes the postseason then Ottawa would play Wednesday and Friday at Pittsburgh. This would give CBC the chance to have Montreal in primetime on HNIC a week from Saturday. Ottawa would then host the Pens at home on Sunday afternoon, most likely on NBC and then back on homeice for Tuesday night. Again, this is what I am told if Montreal draws into the playoffs and Ottawa matches up with Pittsburgh. All of this could change quickly.
The Sens last game of the season comes Saturday at home to Buffalo for a celebration of their captain’s 1000th game. All hail to Alfie!
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.