Tkachuk scores twice, leading the Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Lightning.


Tkachuk scores twice, leading the Senators to a 5-2 victory over the Lightning.

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OTTAWA – After just three games into the season, the Ottawa Senators have shown significant promise, delivering on the style of hockey they pledged to play at the start of the NHL regular season.

Brady Tkachuk, the team captain, was the star of the night with a stellar performance, contributing two goals and three points, propelling the Senators to a 5-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Our focus has been on playing our brand of hockey,” Tkachuk commented. “We’re not fixated on wins or losses, but rather on how quickly we can get into our rhythm. I believe we’ve started to find our stride, and we’ll continue to build on it.”

The Senators exhibited a well-rounded effort across their lineup, with Mathieu Joseph, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Tim Stützle also finding the back of the net. Joonas Korpisalo secured his first win and point with the Senators, making 22 crucial saves.

Winning is a great feeling,” Tarasenko expressed. “We had numerous discussions before the season commenced. When you win, everything changes – the atmosphere, the confidence level; it’s all different.”

Both teams played back-to-back games, with the Senators triumphing over Philadelphia 5-2, while Tampa suffered a 6-4 defeat against Detroit, leading to a sluggish start in the game against Ottawa.

Although Ottawa dominated the opening period with a 17-3 shot advantage, Tampa’s coach Jon Cooper emphasized that his team didn’t feel outplayed despite the shot discrepancy.

The game saw a solid performance from 29-year-old rookie Matt Tomkins, who made his NHL debut for Tampa, impressively stopping 33 shots. Anthony Cirelli and Tanner Jeannot managed to score for the Lightning.

The Senators continued their trend of early scoring, with Ridly Greig and Tarasenko combining to give Ottawa the lead. However, Tampa swiftly responded, and the game was tied twice before the Senators secured the win in the final period.

With this win, the Senators are geared up to face the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, while Tampa Bay sets its sights on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

In a notable milestone, Tampa Bay’s head coach Jon Cooper celebrated his 800th NHL game, boasting an impressive record of 481-251-67. Additionally, Ottawa’s Parker Kelly marked his 100th NHL career game. However, Tampa’s captain Steven Stamkos was unable to play due to a lower-body injury, and Austin Watson returned to Ottawa as part of the Lightning after signing a one-year deal.

The Canadian Press first published this report on October 15, 2023.

Reported by Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press


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