Senators near wild card spot following win over Lightning

Senators' Kyle Turris battles with Lightning's Alex Killorn during action in Ottawa on Thursday,...

Senators' Kyle Turris battles with Lightning's Alex Killorn during action in Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

OTTAWA - Hang on.

The Senators moved to within striking distance of a wildcard playoff spot Thursday night and itís bound to be a wild ride right to the end.

A 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lighting in front of 19,787 at the Canadian Tire Centre gave the club 58 points and while the Senators are technically on the outside looking in for the final spot theyíre in the race with a week before the Olympic break.

Led by a two-point effort from Bobby Ryan along with goals from Kyle Turris, Zack Smith, Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot along with a stellar 35-save effort from Craig Anderson, the Senators looked like a team poised for a playoff spot.

Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman were able to beat Anderson. While former Senatorsí goalie Ben Bishop started, he didnít finish after less than two minutes into the game with what appeared to be a head injury and backup Anders Lindback took over.


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