OTTAWA, Ontario -- When the Tampa Bay Lightning arrived in Ottawa, they hadnt been pleased with their overall play this season. A strong performance against the Senators was definitely a step in the right direction.Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves, Vladislav Namestnikov and Steven Stamkos scored early in the second period, and the Lightning beat the Senators 4-1 Saturday night.Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, who were playing their first road game of the season.For probably 40-50 minutes it was the best weve played all season, Stamkos said. The first 20 minutes was definitely the most dominating and you build on that.Chris Neil scored the lone goal for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots.Its clear were just not there yet, Senators coach Guy Boucher said. Weve got work to do. We showed we were able to play with them at times, but to be able to compete with a team thats expected to compete for the Stanley Cup we definitely have more work to do.Anderson was solid for much of the game for the Senators, but Killorn was able to sneak one through his right arm to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead midway through the third. It was Killorns fourth goal of the season.Filppula made it 4-1 late in the third.They came out and played a better game than we did right from the start, Ottawas Erik Karlsson said. Unfortunately thats the way its going to be some times. We didnt have our best today.Boucher said part of the problem was trying to force plays.Its 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.Namestnikov opened the scoring 2:36 into the second with the man advantage.We came out and got the lead for the first time this year which was nice.Tampa made it 2-0 at the six-minute mark, on the power play again, as Namestnikov made a cross-crease pass to Stamkos, who ripped it past Anderson. The Senators challenged the goal believing the play was offside, but after a lengthy review the goal stood.Our start was fine, Anderson said. We got out of the first period 0-0 then got into a little penalty trouble. The (penalty kill) just didnt get the job done. Im a big part of that. My job there is to be a big part of that PK, and I wasnt good enough.. The Senators managed to get on board with 4:33 left in the middle period as Neil picked up his own rebound. Vasilevskiy made the initial save, but wasnt able to freeze the puck and Neil got a stick on it.Game notes D Thomas Chabot and LW Matt Puempel were healthy scratches for the Senators. ... D Matt Taormina was a healthy scratch for Tampa Bay. ... This marked the first time Ottawa coach Guy Boucher faced his old team since being fired from the Lightning in 2013.UP NEXTLightning: At Toronto on Tuesday night in the second game of a five-game trip.Senators: At Vancouver on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game trip to western Canada. Brian Cushing College Jersey .ca NHL Power Rankings for the second straight week, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche. Rey Maualuga College Jersey . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. http://www.cheapuscjerseys.com/?tag=usc-o-j-simpson-college-jersey . 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The Magic Millions might come too soon for impressive Moonee Valley winner Cao Cao with his trainer looking at the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes a few weeks later.Mick Price indicated after the colts strong win at Moonee Valley on Saturday he was likely to head to the sales-restricted $2 million Magic Millions at the Gold Coast on January 14.A day later, Price said after inspecting Cao Cao, he thought it might be the right time to give him a break and instead target the Blue Diamond Stakes in late February.He said he wold discuss the options with Cao Caos owners, Sun Bloodstock.Im not sure whether Ive got enough horse left to go to the Magic Millions or not, Price told RSN927.I had a brief chat to Sun Stud yesterday and they were sort of thinking, which way do you go? 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