NHL: Dzingel scores twice, Senators beat league-leading Lightning

OTTAWA, ON – The Ottawa Senators finally have some confidence and it’s paying dividends.

Ryan Dzingel scored twice and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists Saturday night the Senators knocked off the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3.

Ottawa has now won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13-16 after a come-from-behind 6-5 victory Friday night over the San Jose Sharks.

The Senators had the start and finish they wanted Saturday and weathered a difficult second period.

Matt Duchene, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators (14-17-9) as Craig Anderson made 45 saves.

Victor Hedman, Slater Koekkoek and Yanni Gourde scored for the Lightning (29-9-3), who allowed six goals against for the first time this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper was far from impressed with his team’s effort.

The Senators jumped out to 3-0 first-period lead, but allowed the Lightning back in the second as they tied it 3-3. But when Tampa got out to a strong start in the third the Senators managed to hold their own and took back control midway through the period.

With the game tied 3-3 Stone picked up a Derick Brassard rebound to beat Vasilevskiy with the eventual winner at 10:44. Pageau and Dzingel scored insurance goals soon after.

Trailing 3-0 the Lightning dominated the second to tie the game 3-3.

Hedman made it 3-1 just 26 seconds into the second as he pounced on a loose puck and beat Anderson with a wrist shot, and just over a minute later Koekkoek took a feed from Nikita Kucherov to score from the circle.

The tying goal came on the power play with Smith in the box for a roughing penalty and he paid for it as Gourde deflected Mikhail Sergachev’s shot to tie it 3-3.

The Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period on goals from Dzingel, Duchene, who now has four goals in his last five games, and Smith.