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Tkachuk nets first hat trick, Forsberg excellent as Senators clean Lightning


OTTAWA – Brady Tkachuk scored his first profession hat trick Saturday afternoon to steer the Ottawa Senators to a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Josh Norris additionally scored for the Senators (8-16-1) and Anton Forsberg made 24 saves for his first profession shutout.

Forsberg is driving a private four-game win streak and seems to have taken excessive starter’s position in Ottawa.

The loss ended Tampa Bay’s five-game profitable streak. The Lightning (17-6-4), who closed a five-game street swing, have been trying to end a visit of 5 or extra video games with an ideal report for the primary time in franchise historical past.

Brian Elliott stopped 20 pictures for the Lightning.

Tkachuk capped his afternoon with an empty-net objective with simply over three minutes remaining in regulation to the delight of the 13,076 available at Canadian Tire Centre.

Whereas each groups had a strong opening 20 minutes, it was the Senators who opened the scoring as Norris picked up his twelfth objective of the season off a terrific go from Drake Batherson.

A pair of power-play targets within the second interval allowed the Senators to stretch their result in 3-0.

Elliott had provide you with a few large saves, however was unable to cease Tkachuk on the three-minute mark. The objective was Tkachuk’s first power-play level of the season.

Two minutes later, Tkachuk scored once more as he deflected a Thomas Chabot level shot. The 2 groups meet once more Thursday in Tampa with the season sequence tied 1-1.

Notes: Defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker, recalled from AHL Belleville, was a wholesome scratch for the Senators. Ottawa blueliner Michael Del Zotto cleared waivers earlier within the day. … Tampa’s Anthony Cirelli missed his second straight recreation with an upper-body damage.

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