Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Andrei Vasilevskiy Makes 27 Saves, Lightning Beat Senators 4-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Andrei Vasilevskiy Makes 27 Saves, Lightning Beat Senators 4-1

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Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Senators 4-1

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OTTAWA - Coach Guy Boucher knows his team has some issues to work out if they expect to compete with the top clubs in the league.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning went into Ottawa and beat Boucher's Senators 4-1 on Saturday.

"It's clear we're just not there yet," said Boucher.

"We've got work to do. We showed we were able to play with them at times, but to be able to compete with a team that's expected to compete for the Stanley Cup we definitely have more work to do."

Boucher said part of the problem was trying to force plays.

"It's what hurt us in the first and killed us in the third," he said. "We were a lot better in the second when we played with speed and pressure and stopped trying to make plays where there were none."

Coming into the game, the Lightning hadn't been pleased with its overall game, but Saturday's performance was definitely a step in the right direction.

"For probably 40-50 minutes it was the best we've played all season," said Steven Stamkos, who's second-period goal held up as the winner. "The first 20 minutes was definitely the most dominating and you build on that.

"We came out and got the lead for the first time this year which was nice."

Vladislav Namestnikov, Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning (4-1-0), who were playing their first road game of the season. .

Chris Neil scored the lone goal for the Senators (3-2-0) as Craig Anderson made 31 saves.

Anderson had been the difference for the Senators for much of the night, but didn't look great on Killorn's goal that made it 3-1.

Killorn now has four goals in five games.

Filppula made it 4-1 late in the third and it was clear the Senators wouldn't be mounting a comeback.

"They came out and played a better game than we did right from the start," said Ottawa's Erik Karlsson. "Unfortunately that's the way it's going to be some times. We didn't have our best today. …

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