Senators Bounce Lightning From Playoffs

OTTAWA (AP) - The addition of Martin Havlat  to Ottawa 's already dominant lineup was too much for the defending Stanley Cup champions, and it might prove to be the difference in the Senators' bid to claim their first title.

Havlat helped Ottawa finish off Tampa Bay in five games Saturday night, scoring a power-play goal in the second period and adding an assist in the Senators' 3-2 victory over the Lightning.

Peter Schaefer  and Andrej Meszaros  scored first-period goals and Ray Emery  made 26 saves for Ottawa , which won the series 4-1 to advance past the first round for the fourth time in nine straight playoff appearances since 1996-97.

"That's the first step," said Havlat, who scored in every game.

One day after attending his mother's funeral, Wade Redden assisted on both Ottawa goals in the first. The Senators defenseman - who missed Game 2, Ottawa 's only loss, following his mother's death from cancer — was hugged tightly by his father, Doug, and his brother, Bart, in a hallway outside the team's dressing room.

"You could see he was at his best tonight, I know his mother wanted that," said Doug Redden, who was embraced by several other Senators, including injured goalie Dominik Hasek .

"Everybody's pretty proud, and obviously me, too," Wade Redden  said. "To finish it off tonight, that was such a good feeling, and to have Dad and Bart down, that was a great feeling."

Evgeny Artyukhin  and Brad Richards  scored in the second for the Lightning, who twice drew within one in the period, but were unable to tie it.

"I just finished playing them and I don't really like them but they have a lot of good players," Richards said. "Someone like Wade Redden , I hope he gets a chance to win it, especially with all the things surrounding him. He showed what kind of athlete he was in going through all that. They've got a great team."

Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle  was penalized for tripping with 3:34 left in the third with 20 seconds remaining on a Tampa Bay power play. The Lightning got their fourth and final man advantage with 55 seconds left, but failed to generate the equalizer as the 20,004 fans came to their feet with an explosive cheer when Ottawa cleared the puck out of its zone with less than 10 seconds remaining.

"We didn't win many one-goal games all year so we had to find a way to win one tonight, and we did," Senators coach Bryan Murray said.

Havlat had a goal in every game of the series. Limited to 18 games during the regular season because of a groin injury and a dislocated shoulder, the Czech right wing had 10 points during the five-game series.

"Marty Havlat's the best pick up after the trade deadline," said center Jason Spezza , who had an assist and also finished with 10 points, recording at least one in all five games. "When you get a guy that explosive and he's playing on arguably our third line, teams can't match up against three lines like we have it."

Dany Heatley  had two assists to give the Senators three 10-point scorers in the series. Emery made his fifth straight start of the series for Ottawa , the top seed in the East.

"Different guys were expected to step up on different nights and I think that's what we had, depth in scoring," Spezza said. "Three of us had a series like that and the other guys were great. The puck didn't go in for everybody but the next series the puck will go in for other guys. It was great to have that success early, we're going to have a good night tonight and celebrate a little bit, then move on."

The Senators, who won for the fifth time in 13 playoff series, will face the lowest seed remaining among Montreal (seventh), Philadelphia (fifth) and Buffalo (fourth) once the first round is completed.


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