Namestnikov lifts Senators past Lightning for first victory of season

Namestnikov lifts Senators past Lightning for first victory of season

OTTAWA — Vladislav Namestnikov had two goals and an assist, and the Ottawa Senators got their first win of the season with a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Namestnikov, who played with the Lightning for parts of five seasons from 2013-18, broke a 2-2 tie with 3:03 remaining in the third period when he finished a cross-crease pass from Connor Brown.

Colin White and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored, and Craig Anderson made 19 saves for the Senators (1-3-0).

Ondrej Palat and Luke Witkowski scored, and Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves for the Lightning (2-2-1), who have lost three of their past four games

White scored with a wrist shot into the top right corner to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 13:44 of the second period. Bobby Ryan got his 300th NHL assist on the goal.

Palat chipped in a cross-ice pass from Tyler Johnson 37 seconds later to tie it 1-1 at 14:21.

Pageau banked the puck off McElhinney’s skate into the net from behind the goal line to make it 2-1 with 27 seconds remaining in the period.

Witkowski tied it 2-2 at 8:56 of the third with a snap shot that beat Anderson five-hole.

Namestnikov scored his second goal of the game into an empty net with 21 seconds remaining.