Sunday, December 14, 2008

Martin Gerber stops 24 shots as Ottawa blanks the Lightning 2-0

OTTAWA — There have been nights this season when Martin Gerber deserved a better fate. He got just what he deserved on Saturday.

Gerber stopped 24 shots to register his first shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.

It was just the second victory of the year for the 34-year-old goalie, who lost the starting job to Alex Auld in October. Gerber has started just three times in the past 22 games, registering one win during that run despite stopping 80 of 83 shots he's faced.

"I try to use the ice time I can get and give myself a chance to go back in there and that's pretty much all I can control," said Gerber.

In Gerber's two previous starts, the Senators were 2-1 losers in Carolina on Nov. 7 and 2-0 losers in Chicago on Dec. 10 - and the Blackhawks scored an empty-net goal.

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