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12/21/2006 10:14:11 PM

OTTAWA (CP) - Not even the return of Wade Redden could put an end to the Ottawa Senators' losing ways.

Redden returned to Ottawa's lineup Thursday night but it didn't help as the Tampa Bay Lightning went into Scotiabank Place and scored a 4-2 come-from-behind victory.

The Lightning scored three times in the third period to overcome a 2-1 deficit and collect the win, outshooting the Senators 30-18 along the way. The Senators had just two shots through the first 15 minutes of the third period and finished the frame with six.

Ruslan Fedotenko, Paul Ranger and Vincent Lecavalier, into an empty net, had third-period goals to go along with a second-period score from Martin St. Louis as the Lightning (16-17-2) won for the second straight game.

Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette scored for the Senators (17-18-1), who continue to struggle, having lost two straight games and six of their past eight.

''Physically I felt good but obviously the outcome of the game was very disappointing,'' said Redden, who had missed Ottawa's past nine games with an upper body injury.

''It just seems like the wheels come off in the third period. We give up a goal, which is fine, but then we only get two or three shots. We totally got away from what we need to do to be successful.''

Redden, who had missed eight games earlier in the season with a groin energy, felt the low shot total was based on a variety of factors.

''They had guys back in position for most of the game and we didn't seem to want to get the puck in and forecheck all too often. Even in the third we didn't put the onus on them to go back and get the puck and make it hard on their D.''

Fedotenko beat Ottawa's Ray Emery from well out for his ninth goal of the season at 2:30 of the third period to tie the game 2-2.

The Lightning had several good chances before Ranger got his first goal of the season at 8:53 of the period. Brad Richards won a faceoff back to Ranger, who fired a shot past Emery from the point.

The Lightning had a great opportunity to increase their lead with seven minutes to play but Emery stoned St. Louis on a breakaway.

''As the game went on (the Lightning) started to dominate in the faceoff circle and the time of possession,'' said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

After trudging through a scoreless opening period, the Senators took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes.


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That was an AMAZING game, got some good pictures.
St Louis had a few breakaways, if Emery didn't come up huge on those saves the score could have been way different. I was sooo proud of Denis I was a little bit scared with the amount of scoring talent Ottawa has that a large number of goals would go in but he did very good. In the second period he made this one save and the people behind me said "Brodeur?".

Spezza got hurt in the 3rd period from a hit by St Louis. That hit did shut up the few fans who were mocking St Louis's height.

Anyways this was a huge win for the lightning, they need to get back on track, and big 3 are starting to live up to their contracts.

There was also a family who sat in front of me who knew NOTHING about hockey. They didn't know there was a netting above the glass and they had no idea what it was for. And when Ottawa scored they had no idea there was a goal until pretty much everyone in the arena was standing.:laugh:
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