Greening, Sens clip Purcell, Lightning

Robin Short
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They lined up against each other to start the game, but in the end it was Colin Greening who was one-up on Teddy Purcell as the Ottawa Senators survived a bit of a late comeback by the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 5-3 win Thursday night.
It was a matchup of a pair of St. John's boys at Canadian Tire Centre, two regulars on their respective clubs, but players going in very different directions.

Greening, somewhat of a Senators ironman after missing only one NHL game since finding full-time employment in Ottawa in 2011, has only four goals and 11 points in 54 games this season.

And that following a real solid playoff last spring, when he was one of the Senators' best forwards.

Entering the game, the Senators (24-10-10) were on the outside looking in at an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Greening skated on a line with Zack Smith and Chris Neil as Ottawa led 2-0 after the first period and 4-1 after 40 minutes.

As for Purcell, the veteran of 374 NHL games, continues to be one of the Lightning's better performers, though he has been kept in check of late with only one goal in his last nine games.

Purcell patrolled the right wing last night, starting the game with 10 goals and 32 points in 54 games, skating with Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula.

The Lightning continue to be one of the best teams in the East at 31-18-5.

Organizations: NHL

Geographic location: Ottawa

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