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Elliott, Senators blank Lightning

Mar 30, 2009 - 2:05 AM
TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Brian Elliott got that elusive first NHL shutout.

After six brushes with his first NHL shutout, Elliott made 20 saves in the Ottawa Senators' 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night.

"That's what you go for every night, so to finally get one, it feels pretty good," the rookie goalie said. "I think it's satisfying for the whole team. We come out -- if we're ahead -- a little sloppy in the third and teams have taken advantage of that. I just had to make a couple of saves, and (my teammates) put the puck in the net pretty well tonight."

Dany Heatley, Ryan Shannon and Jason Spezza scored to help Ottawa, 11th in the Eastern Conference, improve to 10-3-0 in its last 13 games. Tampa Bay has lost three straight and 10 of its last 12.

The win helps Ottawa's slim playoff hopes, though the Senators are 10 points behind the eighth spot occupied by the Montreal Canadians with 86 points.

"We still aren't eliminated mathematically," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "Obviously that's something that we would like to get, but our focus is one game at a time and whatever happens, happens."

Heatley scored his team-high 35th goal of the season on a power play 9:45 into the first period, though was more impressed by his goalie's performance.

"There was a shot here and a shot there that could've changed the game," Heatley said. "(Elliott) made some big saves when the game was still up for grabs."

Shannon scored at 13:44 on a deflection off a Lightning player.

The goal was originally credited to Nick Foligno. But as Shannon slide the puck through the five-hole of goalie Karri Ramo, Matt Lashoff's attempt to clear the puck hit Ramo's leg, sending it back into the net.

Shannon has a four-game goal streak and five-game point streak. He has four goals and two assists in that span.

"Overall it wasn't one of our better efforts," Lightning forward Steven Stamkos said. "We didn't play that poorly, we just didn't generate enough offense and when you don't score, you don't win."

Spezza scored his 30th goal of the season on a late power play in the third, firing a wrister past Ramo's right side. Daniel Alfredsson assisted on the score, giving him 33 assists in 47 career games against Tampa Bay.

Ottawa also took advantage of the Lightning's poor play at home, and Clouston will take the road win.

"When you're able to (shut out your opponent) in another team's barn, you've done something (good)," Clouston said. "It's nice for a goaltender to have that early lead."

With seven games remaining, the Senators will need every point to slip into the playoffs. A shutout from their young goalie will help those efforts.

"(Elliott is) going to have a long career in this league," Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips said. "It's nice to be a part of that, but we're going to keep fighting right to the end and then we'll see what happens."






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    Senators 3, Lightning 0  FinalMar 30 12:43 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 2 0 1 3
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 35 (MIKE FISHER) 9:45
    OTT - RYAN SHANNON 8 (UNASSISTED) 13:44
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: OTT - (PP) JASON SPEZZA 30 (DANIEL ALFREDSSON, FILIP KUBA)
    16:41
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: OTT - 2 OF 5, TAM

    Mar 29 8:38 PM


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    OTTAWA 3
    TAMPA BAY 0
    3RD PRD: OTT - (PP) JASON SPEZZA 30 (DANIEL ALFREDSSON, FILIP KUBA)
    16:41

    Senators 3, Lightning 0  3rd - 3:19Mar 29 8:28 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 2 0 2
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 35 (MIKE FISHER) 9:45
    OTT - RYAN SHANNON 8 (UNASSISTED) 13:44
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTT 8 11 19
    TAM 12 4

    Mar 29 7:39 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 2 2
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 35 (MIKE FISHER) 9:45
    OTT - NICK FOLIGNO 17 (RYAN SHANNON, BRENDAN BELL) 13:44
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTT 9 9
    TAM 12

    Mar 29 6:46 PM


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    OTTAWA 2
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: OTT - NICK FOLIGNO 17 (UNASSISTED) 13:44

    Senators 2, Lightning 0  1st - 6:16Mar 29 6:36 PM


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    OTTAWA 1
    TAMPA BAY 0
    1ST PRD: OTT - (PP) DANY HEATLEY 35 (MIKE FISHER) 9:45

    Senators 1, Lightning 0  1st - 10:15Mar 29 6:27 PM
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    Senators vs. LightningMar 29 2:13 PM