Teddy Purcell, Ryan Callahan lift Bolts past Senators

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Teddy Purcell scored twice while Ryan Callahan added the game-winning power-play goal in the third as the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators Thursday at Canadian Tire Center.

Ben Bishop made 27 saves in his seventh start in a row for the Lightning (39-24-7), who matched their longest winning streak of the season, set from Dec. 15-23, despite surrendering 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads to the Senators.

With Tampa Bay’s win and the Montreal Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Lightning moved to solo second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning and Canadiens entered Thursday tied for second.

Robin Lehner recorded 23 saves for the Senators, who slipped to 28-28-13 after suffering their fifth straight loss. With the loss, the Senators are falling out of the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Currently, Ottawa is in 12th place with 69 points.

Purcell scored twice in the first, including his first goal in 20 games 23 seconds after the opening faceoff. Clarke MacArthur scored a shorthanded goal, and Erik Karlsson scored on a power play as Ottawa tied it twice in the first.

Valtteri Filppula tied a career high for goals with his 23rd on a power play in the second to put the Lightning ahead, 3-2. Ales Hemsky scored a dazzling goal at 17:32 of the second to draw Ottawa even for the third time.

However, Eric Brewer beat Lehner with a backhand under the crossbar at 3:48 of the third to put Tampa Bay ahead 4-3. The goal was Brewer’s first in 95 games, dating to Feb. 24, 2013, and it gave the Lightning their fourth lead in a seesaw game.

Callahan put the Lightning up 5-3 at 11:58 before Milan Michalek scored at 17:08 to draw Ottawa within one.

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