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Senators 3, Lightning 1

March 31, 2002

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OTTAWA (AP) _ Marian Hossa scored the game-winner and set up Radek Bonk for the insurance goal as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Saturday night to break a four-game home losing streak.

Sami Salo also scored for the Senators, and Bonk added two assists. Patrick Lalime had 16 saves for Ottawa.

Sheldon Keefe had Tampa Bay’s goal.

Salo opened the scoring on a power play with 3:51 left in the opening period, when his shot from the slot deflected off a defender past Lightning goaltender Dieter Kochan.

Keefe tied the game at 8:38 of the second period, beating Lalime with a wrist shot from the slot.

Hossa regained the lead for Ottawa at 5:06 of the final period, bursting down the left side and ripping a shot past Kochan. Hossa found Bonk alone at the top of the slot and Bonk teed up a blast that found the short side at 11:40.

The Senators outshot the Lightning 36-17.

Ottawa came in with only one victory in its previous six games (1-3-0-2).

The game marked the return to Ottawa of popular former Senators enforcer Andre Roy, traded to the Lightning along with a sixth-round draft pick March 15 for center Juha Ylonen.

Senators right wing Josh Langfeld, making his NHL debut, left the game with a concussion after being hit into the boards by Roy.

Notes: Senators assistant coach Roger Neilson remained in a hospital Saturday with a bad cold. Neilson, who has been battling cancer, left the bench at the end of the second period of Ottawa’s 4-3 loss to Florida Thursday and went to hospital as a precaution. ... Right wing Martin Havlat, fourth in Senators scoring, is expected to miss a week after re-injuring his groin Thursday for the third time this season.

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