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Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson (centre) celebrates a goal against the Lightning with teammates...

Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson (centre) celebrates a goal against the Lightning with teammates Milan Michalek (left) and Erik Karlsson at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 14, 2012. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:49 AM ET

TAMPA - Nobody beats up on the Senators when their dads are around.

To kick off the annual Fathers Trip, Ottawa booted the Lightning 4-0 Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Reno Spezza’s lad Jason led the way with three goals and an assist, while Jonas Karlsson’s kid Erik had the other goal as Ottawa improved to 4-0-1 all-time with their dads in tow ... and 6-0 all-time on Valentine’s Day.

“We hope to keep that going. I guess it’s the fear of the fathers,” said Jason Spezza. “It’s been great having them around. Our record’s been real good. It was a real fun couple of days with them. I thought it was real great of Mac (Paul MacLean) to let them come in here before the game to see our meetings, see what we go through. It was nice to get a win in front of them.”

John Butler’s boy Bobby had two assists, giving him five in his last three games since coming out of the press box as a healthy scratch.

“I’m just trying to get my play up to match theirs,” Bobby Butler said of working on a line with Spezza and Michalek. “Give Spezz the puck in the slot like that (on his second goal) and 99.99% of the time it’s going to go in the net.”

And starring at the other end of the rink was Richard Anderson’s son Craig, who made 28 saves for his second shutout of the season.

“We came out from start to finish and stuck to our game plan,” said Craig Anderson. “We executed, we did things right and we got rewarded for our result.”

The result put an end to the Senators’ four-game road losing streak. They have now claimed five of the last six available points, seeming to end the problems that plagued them through the latter half of January and into the current month.

“We played a pretty consistent game from start to finish,” said MacLean. “There was some momentum shifts in the game, but Craig Anderson played real well for us and I thought our team handled the momentum shifts and responded real well.”

The Senators held a 1-0 lead with time winding down when Tampa’s Pavel Kubina was sent off for interfering with Kyle Turris, one of the Senators’ better players on this night.

Halfway through the Kubina penalty, Spezza took a point shot that deflected past Mathieu Garon. It was Spezza’s 23rd of the season.

Turris had a chance to make it 3-0 with a penalty shot, after he was hooked down on a breakaway by Vincent Lecavalier. But his deke attempt was kicked off the post by Garon.

Spezza picked up his second in the third period, faking Kubina and Garon to the ice, then finally firing the wrist shot into the open side.

He completed the fourth hat trick of his career with an empty-netter with just over a minute to go.

The quick start the Senators strive to get on the road was delivered by Karlsson, who took a pass from Spezza and fired a wrist shot off the crossbar and in 64 seconds after the opening faceoff.

It was Karlsson’s 10th goal of the season and second in two games.

Anderson’s best save of the 10 shots he faced in the first period — and maybe of the season — came off Teddy Purcell, who was all alone in front after accepting a pass on an odd-man rush. As he tried to go high, Anderson fell, stacking his pads and kicking the puck out with his left leg.

“I just wanted to throw something different at him,” Anderson said of his save on Purcell. “I think if I butterfly there, he just puts it up over my glove. Throw something new at him, surprise him and maybe caught him off-guard.”

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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