Purcell, Callahan lift Lightning past Senators

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014
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OTTAWA (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning took advantage of Ottawa's struggles to keep their winning streak going and extend the Senators' skid.

Teddy Purcell scored twice and Ryan Callahan had a power-play goal midway through the third period to lead Tampa Bay in a 5-4 victory over Ottawa on Thursday night.

Valteri Filpulla and Eric Brewer also scored for the Lightning, who have won five in a row. Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots.

Tampa, second in the Atlantic Division with 83 points and 11 games remaining, is peaking at the right time.

"We just seem to be scoring tons of goals," Bishop said after getting his 34th win of the season. "We're rolling right now and we have a big game against Pittsburgh so hopefully we can keep it going."

Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson, Ales Hemsky and Milan Michalek scored for the Senators, who have lost five straight (0-3-2). Robin Lehner had 23 saves while losing his sixth straight game.

"What is there to say now, I don't know, it's pretty empty," Lehner said. "It's tough to be in there right now. I can say again, yeah I sucked ... I'm trying to be there and trying to step up to make saves, but the players are so good in this league and they get too much time. It's tough."

The Senators have talked about the need to play better and play smarter, but coach Paul MacLean said it's the same mistakes that keep coming back to plague his team time and time again.

"Groundhog day," MacLean said. "Thirteen giveaways, six minor penalties, we played too much in our zone and ends up in the same thing."

After Callahan put the Lightning up 5-3, Michalek deflected Karlsson's shot from inside the blue line with 2:53 to go.

Ottawa then had a great chance to tie it as Callahan took a penalty with 55 seconds remaining. However, with Lehner on the bench for an extra skater — giving the Senators a two-man advantage — they were unable to beat Bishop.

"We competed to the end, but once again we didn't find a way to win," Senators captain Jason Spezza said. "We fought right to the end, but once again we found a way to lose."