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Senators 5, Lightning 3

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OTTAWA -- In the hours leading up to Saturday's visit by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean admitted to having a "concern" about his team's slow starts in afternoon games.

"There must be something to it if we're talking about it. I don't disagree ... 2 p.m. must be our nap time," said MacLean. "We've addressed it, we've talked about it, and this is another opportunity to set it straight."

Mission accomplished, but now they have to work on their finishes.

The Senators rebounded from Thursday's last minute loss to Boston by scoring four first period goals before hanging on to defeat the Lightning 5-3 in front of 20,016 fans at Scotiabank Place.

Daniel Alfredsson led the Ottawa charge with two goals. Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist, while Eric Gryba, with his first in the NHL, and Guillaume Latendresse had the others.

Marc Methot and Kyle Turris each had two assists.

Robin Lehner lost his bid for a shutout when Tyler Johnson deflected a point shot by him with 8:23 left in the third, then added his second of the game 2:17 later. Teddy Purcell made things interesting by scoring with 1:59 left.

Alfredsson sealed the victory with an empty netter.

The Senators tied Tampa Bay 32-32 on shots.

It was the second consecutive loss for the Lightning, who are in Winnipeg to face the Jets Sunday.

The Senators have a day off before hosting the New York Islanders Monday.

Notes: Defenseman Sergei Gonchar set a Senators record by picking up an assist in his 10th straight game. The previous record was nine games, by Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. ... Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher made a goaltending change just past the 17-minute mark of the first period, replacing starter Mathieu Garon with Cedrick Desjardins after the Senators scored their third goal on their 11th shot. ... Taking part in the pregame warmup with the Lightning was newly signed Andrej Suster, a 6-foot-8 defenseman who is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday at home against the Buffalo Sabres. Boucher plans to "ease" him into the lineup and give him limited minutes by dressing seven defensemen. ... Enforcer Matt Kassian had his first fight in his fifth game as a Senator when he put a beating on B.J. Crombeen in the opening period. ... The Lightning entered the day with a goals-per-game average of 3.27 that was tied for second in the NHL.

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