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NHL: Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 3

March 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM   |   Comments

TAMPA, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- Milan Michalek completed Ottawa's offensive outburst with three straight goals in the final period Tuesday, sending the Senators to a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Ottawa produced the first three goals of the game and the last three as well in snapping a two-game losing streak. Tampa Bay had won four in a row.

Sergei Gonchar, Colin Greening and Kyle Turris all scored in the first period for Ottawa, but the Lightning fought back to get within 4-3 early in the third.

Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 48th of the year to cut the Tampa Bay deficit to one 5:41 into the final period.

Michalek then took over, giving Ottawa insurance with a power-play goal and finishing things off with a pair of empty-net tallies. He has 31 goals for the season.

Ben Bishop, called up to take over as Ottawa's backup goaltender, made his first start of the season and stopped 25 shots. It was his first NHL action since last season, when he was with St. Louis.

Tampa Bay's Mathieu Garon left the game with an injury early in the contest and Dwayne Roloson came on to give up five goals on 30 shots.

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