Turris' first lifts Sens over Bolts

Senators forward Kyle Turris passes the puck past Lightning defenceman Bruno Gervais at Scotiabank...

Senators forward Kyle Turris passes the puck past Lightning defenceman Bruno Gervais at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont., Jan. 5, 2012. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

AEDEN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

OTTAWA - With four all-stars in the lineup, Kyle Turris got his chance to shine Thursday night.

Turris’ first goal as a Senator stood up as the game-winner and capped a fantastic day for the organization as Ottawa beat the Lightning 4-1 in front of 19,344 fans at Scotiabank Place for its fourth straight win.

Turris found the dead space in front of the net and shovelled a deflection over Dwayne Roloson’s shoulder after Daniel Alfredsson found him with a slap pass at 17:07 of the second period.

“(Turris has) been skating well, and it’s been fun playing with him and (Erik) Condra,” said Alfredsson. “It seems like we’re getting some chemistry, we’ve been playing pretty good and obviously (Thursday) we were rewarded with some goals.”

Turris had the game puck wrapped up in his stall.

“The guys gave me the puck,” said Turris. “I usually score in bunches, so there’s a lot more coming.

“(Alfredsson) is an unbelievable player, so it’s hard not to have chemistry with a player like that. I just try to feed off of him, get him the puck and go to the net because I know it’s going to come back to me.”

Earlier in the day, Alfredsson, along with Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Erik Karlsson were voted in by fans as all-star starters.

Zack Smith added some much-needed insurance with Tampa making a third-period surge. Alfredsson stripped the puck free from a defensive zone faceoff, skated the puck up ice and found Smith for a one-timer slap shot that beat Roloson to the stick side.

Alfredsson added the icing on the cake with his 13th, an empty-netter, with less than a minute to play.

Spezza, with his 15th, opened the scoring at 10:36 of the first, swatting the puck past Roloson on the backhand after both Brett Clark and Martin St. Louis failed to clear a bouncing puck from the slot.

Matt Carkner was cut, but scored an easy takedown in a first-period tussle with Adam Hall 90 seconds after Spezza’s opening goal.

With Tampa pressing early in the second, Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who made 35 saves, was there to shut the door.

The Bolts fired eight shots before Ottawa had a sniff of the Tampa net, but their best chances weren’t even counted as shots.

St. Louis couldn’t get his stick on the puck with Carkner draped all over him, then on the same shift put his shot just wide of an open net.

In the third, a frustrated St. Louis was looking skyward in disbelief when his shot caught the corner of the crossbar behind Anderson before dropping to safe ice.

“The guys did a great job in front either blocking shots or finding a way to clear the lane and let me see the puck,” said Anderson.

“The rebound control was pretty good and whenever I did leave a rebound, guys were finding it and clearing it out. It was good defensive zone coverage and a good defensive effort by everyone.”

Steven Stamkos, the NHL’s leading goal-scorer and carrying the league’s hottest stick, beat Anderson at 8:48 of the third, streaking through the middle of the ice and scoring his 28th goal of the season and eighth in his past five games.

aedan.helmer@sunmedia.ca


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