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Tampa Bay Lightning beats Ottawa Senators 2-1

Goalie Dwayne Roloson, holding off the Senators’ Alexei Kovalev with Pavel Kubina, “deserved the win,” teammate Marty St. Louis says. “We probably deserved a little less.”

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Goalie Dwayne Roloson, holding off the Senators’ Alexei Kovalev with Pavel Kubina, “deserved the win,” teammate Marty St. Louis says. “We probably deserved a little less.”

OTTAWA — Somehow, with 3:24 left in the third period, Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson stopped Nick Foligno on a shot from fewer than 10 feet away.

Seven seconds later, Roloson stopped Chris Kelly's wrist shot from the same spot.

Tampa Bay scored a much-needed 2-1 victory Saturday night over the Senators at Scotiabank Place, but it was Roloson, with 31 saves, including 13 in the third period and eight in the final 3:57, who got credit for the steal.

"He was huge," center Steven Stamkos said. "That's why we got him, to give us a chance to win every night."

The Lightning (25-12-5) took advantage, getting two goals in the third to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Marty St. Louis's 18th goal 5:43 into the period was the winner and came after Adam Hall tied the score with his sixth at 1:47.

"Rollie deserved the win," St. Louis said. "We probably deserved a little less."

That is because Tampa Bay did not play well.

It was outshot 32-27, including 31-20 after the first eight minutes, and let Ottawa dictate play. So disappointed was Lightning coach Guy Boucher, especially after Wednesday's 8-1 drubbing by the Penguins, he let his players have it in the locker room after the game.

"I thought in the second period we were soft and let them take over," Boucher said. "We weren't first on the puck. We were losing our battles. We had guys with attitudes we addressed. We didn't want more. We were trying to play the game, but we didn't want to compete. To me that's unacceptable."

"He demands a lot from us and expects a lot from us," Roloson said. "That's what builds winners. It's great that we won a hockey game. At the same time, we have to focus on 60, 65 minutes, whatever it takes."

As did Roloson, who with 3:56 left in the first period shook off Erik Karlsson's shot to the front left of his mask. As a precaution, Roloson was looked at by head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan.

"It's fine," Roloson said. "That's why I have a helmet."

And this is why the Lightning acquired Roloson from the Islanders:

He stopped Foligno's breakaway as the second period ended to preserve a 1-0 deficit after Vinny Lecavalier coughed up the puck.

He stoned Zack Smith's backhander from in front of the net 6:10 into the third. And he stopped Peter Regin from the right post with 2:33 left.

Okay, so Milan Michalek hit the post with 54 seconds left. It didn't change that, as St. Louis said, "Rollie stood on his head."

Lightning 0 0 2 2
Senators 0 1 0 1
Lightning 0 0 2 2
Senators 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesDownie, TB (charging, roughing), 12:06; Phillips, Ott (roughing), 12:06; Ruutu, Ott (hooking, tripping), 17:41.

Second Period1, Ottawa, Z.Smith 3 (Winchester, Shannon), 17:25. PenaltiesZ.Smith, Ott (boarding), 6:28.

Third Period2, Tampa Bay, Hall 6 (Moore), 1:47. 3, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 18 (Stamkos, Malone), 5:43. PenaltiesWinchester, Ott (roughing), 2:02; Ohlund, TB (interference), 9:52; Downie, TB (holding), 14:26; Michalek, Ott (high-sticking), 19:13. Shots on GoalTampa Bay 10-7-10—27. Ottawa 7-12-13—32. Power-play opportunitiesTampa Bay 0 of 5; Ottawa 0 of 3. GoaliesTampa Bay, Roloson 8-14-1 (32 shots-31 saves). Ottawa, Elliott 12-13-5 (27-25). A19,698 (19,153). T2:28. Referees—Dean Morton, Brad Meier. LinesmenScott Driscoll, Derek Nansen.

Lightning 2

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