Stone has 2 goals, assist as Senators beat Lightning 5-2

Stone has 2 goals, assist as Senators beat Lightning 5-2

TAMPA, Fla. — Guy Boucher’s return to the Tampa Bay area was a good one thanks to an Ottawa Senators victory.

Mark Stone had two goals and an assist, Mike Condon made 19 saves and the Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Thursday night.

Boucher, the Senators’ coach, was behind the bench in Tampa for the first time since being fired by the Lightning midway through the 2012-13 season. He led the Lightning to the Eastern Conference final in 2011.

“He wanted this one pretty bad,” Ottawa left wing Mike Hoffman said.

“I’m sure he’s feeling pretty happy about it,” Stone added.

Ottawa practiced Wednesday in Florida, allowing Boucher time to visit his old neighbourhood.

“It was such a great experience. It was so positive,” Boucher said after Thursday’s morning skate about his time with the Lightning. “For me coming back, it just brings a great smile.”

The Senators, second in the Atlantic Division, also got goals from Kyle Turris, Hoffman and Chris Kelly.

Tyler Johnson and Brayden Point scored for the Lightning, who have lost 11 of 14 (3-9-2). Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots as Tampa Bay fell into seventh place in Atlantic.

“This group has never been through this before, so it’s kind of uncharted territory for them,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It tests you a little bit. Right now, it’s tough for them. There’s a little bit of, they’re just waiting for something bad to happen, and that’s the part they’ve got to get over.”

Tampa Bay has played in the Stanley Cup final (2015) and Eastern Conference final (2016) over the past two seasons.

After Johnson opened the scoring 3:39 into the second, Ottawa went up 2-1 on goals by Stone (6:33) and Turris (11:03) on the power play. Turris has 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 23 games against Tampa Bay.

Hoffman made it 3-1 early in the third with a power-play goal.

Point’s second goal in two games after missing 14 due to a hand-wrist injury midway through the third pulled Tampa Bay to 3-2.

Stone’s nifty redirection, coming 1:36 after Point scored, gave Ottawa a 4-2 lead. He has seven goals in 11 games against the Lightning.

Kelly had a late empty-netter.

Condon, who is 4-0 against Tampa Bay, made a pair of strong saves on Nikita Kucherov in the second period.

Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson had three assists, and has 36 this season.

NOTES: Condon has played in 26 consecutive games. … Vasilevskiy got the start over Ben Bishop, who is 9-0-3 in 13 games against Ottawa. Vasilevskiy is 1-2-0. … Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman was minus-2. … Kelly played in his 800th NHL game.

UP NEXT

Senators: Complete a three-game road trip Saturday night at Buffalo.

Lightning: Play the third of a four-game homestand Saturday night against Anaheim.

Mark Didtler, The Associated Press

Just Posted

West Kelowna Warriors dominate the Nanaimo Clippers

Three goals were scored during power plays

Fundraiser with wine to raise money for JoeAnna’s House

The Sovereign Order of St. John has committed to raise and donate $50,000

Okanagan artist donates painting to Okanagan College

Bryan Ryley, former instructor at the college donated an acrylic painting

Kiwanis Club donates money to Okanagan College

This establishes the Kiwanis Kelowna 2018 Legacy Education Endowment

VIDEO: Kelowna Rockets fall to Kamloops Blazers

The Rockets lost to their rivals in the regular season opener

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Fuhr: A looming pilot shortage

By Stephen Fuhr Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with local… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

VIDEO: Inside an eerily empty mall in Canada

Only nine of 517 retail spaces are open for business as the grand opening postponed to next year

B.C. wildfires burned large areas affected by mountain pine beetles: Experts

The mountain pine beetle epidemic affected more than 180,000 square kilometres in B.C.

Most Read