Holmqvist, Lightning stay hot

Former backup goalie, 8-1 in past nine starts, stops Senators, 3-1


November 27, 2006

The Tampa Bay Lightning looked for a reliable goalie last offseason. It might have found one in Johan Holmqvist.

Holmqvist made 22 saves yesterday to win for the eighth time in his past nine starts, leading the Lightning past the visiting Ottawa Senators, 3-1.

"That's how you win a lot of games in the league, your goaltender," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said. "He's just on a little bit of a roll here. We're trying to grab points here, and he's done a great job for us. Johan stood tall."

Holmqvist, who played the previous two years in Sweden, made a sliding pad save on Joe Corvo's in-close shot in the second.

Holmqvist appeared in only four NHL games from 2000 to 2003, going 0-3-0 with the New York Rangers. This season he was expected to back up Marc Denis, acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in June.

"I'm just happy to play," Holmqvist said. "The biggest thing was to get focused on our own game."

Filip Kuba and Brad Richards scored 36 seconds apart midway through the second period for the Lightning, which has won three straight and seven of 10. Tampa Bay also got a power-play goal from Martin St. Louis with 1:18 left.

Jason Spezza scored for the Senators, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

"I thought their goalie made some big saves," Spezza said.

Sabres 3, Rangers 2 -- Chris Drury scored on a deflection 1:36 into overtime, and visiting Buffalo beat New York. Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who lead the league with 19 wins. Martin Straka scored twice for the Rangers.

Ducks 5, Flames 3 -- Teemu Selanne scored two goals to lead Anaheim past visiting Calgary. Kristian Huselius scored twice for the Flames.

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