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Lightning finally take a lead in victory over Ottawa Senators

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A lead!

The Tampa Bay Lightning finally held a lead!

After failing to score first in four straight games, the Bolts finally took a lead in a 4-1 victory over Ottawa Saturday night. The Lightning liked it so much, they scored again to take a 2-0 lead in the second period.

“The season is 82 games long,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “I was hoping we’d score first at some point. I like the way our goaltender (Andrei Vasilevskiy) played. He didn’t see a lot of work. He stayed strong. He saw some point-blankers at the end of the second period.”

The Lightning now have five more road games before returning home.

Steven Stamkos, Vlad Namestikov, Valterri Filppula, and Alex Killorn scored goals for the Lighting. For Killorn, it was his fourth of the year. For Stamkos and Filppula, it was their third.

Vasilevskiy won his second game with 27 saves in 28 shots. In his two wins, Vasilevskiy has stopped 59 shots.

“He’s a great young goalie,” Stamkos said. “We saw last year what he can do when he’s feeling it. First couple of starts, not a lot rattles that guy. For him to be that mature as a young kid is impressive. We’re fortunate to have the two guys in net that we have.”

In beating Ottawa, the Lightning beat former coach Guy Boucher.

The Lightning now travels to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.

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