TAMPA — After what Teddy Purcell went through with the Kings, a one-game scratch with the Lightning didn't seem so bad. Especially when getting back in the lineup so quickly let him prove what he can do.
"You just don't get discouraged," Purcell said. "I tried to put in a better effort away from the puck, and it paid off."
It paid off with a goal, his second in as many games, and the only shootout tally in Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory over the Senators on Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum. "He's got the hands," coach Rick Tocchet said. And the Lightning (32-36-12) has some self-esteem back after consecutive embarrassing losses at home, beating a playoff-bound opponent that had won seven of eight.
The game was physical, with two fights, 62 minutes of penalties and raw feelings. Goalie Mike Smith, stellar with 35 saves even as the Lightning lost a three-goal second-period lead, threw punches with Chris Neil after Neil appeared to slew-foot him in a corner. "It made for a good hockey game," Smith said. "It brought out the pride and character we have in this room. That was a playoff-mentality hockey game."
Steven Stamkos' 48th goal, and league-best 22nd on the power play, put the Lightning up 3-0 3:33 into the second and tied him for No. 2 in the league with Washington's Alex Ovechkin, one behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. Marty St. Louis had a goal and an assist, and Mike Lundin had two assists. Still, Tocchet said, "We've got to be more disciplined in our own end … (and) with the puck."
Penalties hurt, too. Ottawa had nine power plays, seven in the second, which helped it outshoot Tampa Bay 30-12 after the first and 38-29 in the game. All its goals were on the power play. Mike Fisher tied the score 4:16 into the third.
Purcell's goal was on the power play, a seeing-eye shot from the point for a 2-0 first-period lead. His shootout goal was a deke and a backhander. He had a nice comeback after sitting out the March 31 game with the Penguins, and was light years from being scratched in 18 of his final 22 games for the Kings before being traded for Jeff Halpern last month. "It's very rewarding … when you put so much hard effort and work in to see some results," he said.
"There are just certain times in a game he needs to get his battle intensity up," Tocchet said. "If he can do that, he can be a pretty good player for us."
He was against Ottawa.
|Lightning wins shootout 1-0|
|Lightning wins shootout 1-0|
First Period—1, TB, St. Louis 28 (Stamkos, Lundin), 8:01. 2, TB, Purcell 6 (Lundin, Malone), 19:32 (pp). Penalties—Phillips, Ott (hooking), 3:59; Ott. bench, served by Foligno (too many men), 16:55; Ruutu, Ott (holding), 18:54.
Second Period—3, TB, Stamkos 48 (St. Louis, Foster), 3:33 (pp). 4, Ott., Foligno 9 (Ruutu, Cullen), 12:44 (pp). 5, Ott., Spezza 23 (Alfredsson, Karlsson), 18:42 (pp). Penalties—Cowen, Ott (hooking), 2:33; Thompson, TB (hooking), 4:16; Fedoruk, TB, double minor (roughing), 7:40; Fisher, Ott, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 8:17; Hedman, TB, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 8:17; Neil, Ott (tripping, roughing), 8:52; M.Smith, TB, served by St. Louis, double minor (roughing), 8:52; Meszaros, TB, double minor (high-sticking), 9:49; Malone, TB (holding), 13:34; Carkner, Ott, major (fighting), 17:24; Fedoruk, TB, major (fighting), 17:24; Veilleux, TB (slashing), 17:30.
Third Period—6, Ott., Fisher 25 (Alfredsson, Spezza), 4:16 (pp). Penalties—Tanguay, TB (tripping), 3:40; Malone, TB (hooking), 7:27. Overtime—None. Penalties—Carkner, Ott (roughing), 4:43; Downie, TB (roughing), 4:43. Shootout—Ott. 0 (Spezza NG, Alfredsson NG, Fisher NG), TB 1 (Stamkos NG, St. Louis NG, Purcell G). Shots on Goal—Ott. 7-16-14-1—38. TB 13-6-6-4—29. Power-play opportunities—Ott. 3 of 9; TB 2 of 4. Goalies—Ott., Elliott 29-18-4 (29 shots-26 saves). TB, M.Smith 12-18-7 (38-35). A—15,876 (19,758).