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Sens fall to Cats in pre-season opener

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

Tuesday, 09.15.2009 / 8:51 PM ET / Features
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Sens fall to Cats in pre-season opener
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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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
2 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
3 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
4 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
5 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
6 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
7 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 73 19 40 10 59
B. Ryan 69 18 35 9 53
K. Turris 73 21 31 0 52
M. Stone 71 18 33 15 51
M. Hoffman 70 26 20 20 46
M. Zibanejad 71 19 24 3 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
A. Chiasson 67 11 15 -4 26
D. Legwand 71 9 17 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 7 .925 2.44