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Hemsky tied it after displaying some great puck handling before beating Bishop late in the second. The goal earned him a standing ovation from the 17,136 on hand.

“It’s a nice goal, but in the end it really doesn’t matter if you lose,” Hemsky said. “The people reacted great.”

The Senators ended the first period tied 2-2 after getting off to a horrible start. Purcell, who hadn’t scored in his last 19 games, ended his drought just 23 seconds into the game.

Ottawa managed to tie it on MacArthur’s short-handed goal midway through the period. It was MacArthur’s 21st of the season, tying a career high.

The Lightning regained the lead on Purcell’s second of the night as he managed to dig the puck out through traffic in the crease and then shoot it in off the post.

Karlsson rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal, beating Bishop with a shot from just inside the blue-line.

NOTES: G Craig Anderson (upper body injury) and G Nathan Lawson (lower body injury) missed the game for Ottawa, and D Patrick Wiercioch and LW Matt Kassian were healthy scratches. … The Lightning signed free-agent forward Cody Kunyk to a one year, two-way NHL contract. Kunyk, 23, skated in 37 games for University of Alaska-Fairbanks this season, posting 22 goals and 43 points. … D Keith Aulie, D Mark Barberio, C Tom Pyatt and RW Nikita Kucherov were healthy scratches for Tampa Bay.