TAMPA -- Ryan Malone's two third-period goals lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a comeback 6-4 victory Friday night that sent the Ottawa Senators to their first loss.
Tampa Bay won for the third time in four games this season to lead the Southeast Division with six points. Ottawa entered the game 3-0-0 and atop the Eastern Conference.
Malone tied the game off a tip-in the slot from a Sami Salo blast with 16:21 left in regulation. Anders Lindbeck (29 saves) preserved the tie two minutes later when he reached back to pull a Chris Neil tap off the goal line.
Malone added his second goal of the season with 14:35 left on a rebound. Tom Pyatt added an empty-netter.
The teams combined for six goals in a frenzied second period, four from the Senators in taking a 4-3 lead.
Ottawa tied the score, 1-1, on an Erik Condra goal and erupted for two scores in fifteen seconds to lead 3-1 with five minutes, 15 seconds left in the period. But Jason Spezza's goal through a screen and Erik Karlsson's blast from the blue line was followed 15 seconds later by Steven Stamkos' backhand from the slot to cut the margin to 3-2. Ottawa countered with 2:30 left in the period when Kyle Turrie finished a nifty passing sequence to beat Lindback for a 4-2 lead but Victor Hedman's blast from the high slot with 1:50 left pulled Tampa Bay within a goal again.
Tampa Bay used the first of four first-period power plays to take a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game as defenseman Matthew Carle flicked in a loose puck bobbled in the crease by goaltender Ben Bishop.
NOTES: The Lightning began a season-longest five-game homestand tonight. ... Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier was presented a silver stick in a pre-game ceremony in recognition of playing his 1,000 NHL game -- all with Tampa Bay -- on Jan. 21. He is the 49th player to reach the mark and one of 29 active. ... Both of defenseman Matt Carle's goals for Tampa Bay have come against Ottawa, albeit nearly five years apart. He played briefly for the team in 2008 before rejoining this season. ... With a first-period assist, rookie Cory Conacher became the first Lightning player to record points in his first four games. ... Ottawa D Mike Lundin (broken finger), LW Guillame Latendresse did not dress. D Patrick Wiercioch was a healthy scratch. ... LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie and defensemen Brendan Mikkelson and C Dana Tyrell were scratched for Tampa Bay ... Ben Bishop, the tallest goaltender in NHL history at 6-foot-7, made his first start of the season for Ottawa.