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Sens fall to Cats in pre-season opener

Picard strikes first but Florida grabs 3-1 victory in Halifax

Tuesday, 15.09.2009 / 8:51 PM / Features
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Sens fall to Cats in pre-season opener
Postgame Audio: Clouston | Leclaire | Picard | Neil

HALIFAX -- Defenceman Alex Picard had the lone goal as the Ottawa Senators dropped a 3-1 decision to the Florida Panthers in their pre-season opener Tuesday night at the Metro Centre.

Picard, returning to the city in which he played major junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads, opened the scoring 15:22 into the first period. His screened shot from the point got past Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen. Drawing assists on the goal were rookie blueliner Erik Karlsson and Josh Hennessy.

But Florida erased that early deficit before the period ended. Scott Timmins tied it up just 41 seconds after Picard's goal, then Kamil Kreps struck just at the 17:54 mark during a delayed penalty to put the Panthers ahead to stay. David Booth's second-period goal added insurance.

Senators goaltender Pascal Leclaire stopped 14 of 16 shots in his first game action since undergoing season-ending ankle surgery back in January. He gave way to rookie Robin Lehner midway through the second period.

The two teams meet again Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., Rogers 22). After a day's break, the Senators then go back-to-back with the Canadiens, Friday in Montreal (7:30 p.m., RDS) and Saturday in Ottawa (7 p.m., Rogers 22).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 55 15 30 8 45
E. Karlsson 59 14 31 2 45
K. Turris 59 15 26 -5 41
M. Stone 57 14 23 9 37
M. Hoffman 56 21 15 22 36
M. Zibanejad 57 15 17 1 32
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 54 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 57 8 14 -2 22
A. Chiasson 53 9 12 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02