Senators punish Lightning

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 1:14 a.m.

OTTAWA - Patrick Lalime earned his third straight shutout, and Radek Bonk and Martin Havlat each scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

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Ottawa Senators' Martin Havlat, center, congratulates teammate Zdeno Chara for his goal while Tampa Bay Lightning's Stan Neckar (back) looks at the scoreboard dejected during second period NHL action in Ottawa Tuesday.

The Associated Press

A soldout Corel Centre crowd of 18,500 rose to team owner Rod Bryden's challenge to fill the seats and welcome the financially troubled Senators home from a 3-1-0 road trip.

Earlier in the day, Bryden filed an offer - backed by an unidentified New York-based corporation - to buy the bankrupt hockey team and its arena.

Zdeno Chara, Petr Schastlivy and Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa, which moved to the top of the NHL standings with 62 points, one ahead of Dallas.

Lalime made 17 saves for his fifth shutout of the season - the 25th of his career. He extended his shutout streak to a team-record 180 minutes.

Lalime, who had shutouts in Calgary and Edmonton to close out the trip, stopped Vincent Lecavalier on a breakaway in the first period. He also made a sensational glove save on a slap shot taken by former teammate Andre Roy 5:58 into the second. Lalime broke his own record of 149 minutes, 41 seconds set last season.

Tampa Bay is winless in three (0-1-1-1) and has just one win in seven games.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, FLAMES 2: Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:59 left in the third period as Toronto defeated Calgary.

Nik Antropov had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, 12-0-1 at home since losing 2-1 to Detroit on Nov. 16. Craig Berube and Stephane Yelle scored for the Flames, who lost their fourth straight.

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