12/2/2006 9:49:51 PM
OTTAWA (CP) - Antoine Vermette had two goals and Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist to help the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night.
Vermette's second goal of the game with seven minutes to play in the third period stemmed the tide as the Senators watched a 4-0 first-period lead shrink to 4-2.
Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo also scored for the Senators (14-12-1), who have now won seven of their past eight games and are now eighth in the Eastern Conference.
Eric Perrin and Vincent Lecavalier scored in the second period for the Lightning (13-12-2), who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.
After dominating the Lightning through the opening 20 minutes, the Senators were on their heels most of the second period, being outscored 2-0 and outshot 17-9.
Perrin and Lecavalier scored less than two minutes apart in the second to trim the Sens' lead in half. The Lightning had several chances to narrow the gap even further, but they squandered back-to-back power plays shortly after Lecavalier's goal.
Things started poorly for the Senators as Peter Schaefer was penalized for interference 1:33 into the game. Their fortunes quickly turned though, as Eaves stole the puck at the Lightning blue-line and beat Johan Holmqvist on the backhand for a shorthanded goal.