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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
1 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
2 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
3 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
7 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 31 7 14 -12 21
K. Turris 31 6 15 -7 21
B. Ryan 28 7 12 2 19
C. MacArthur 30 9 8 -5 17
M. Zibanejad 29 8 7 -3 15
M. Stone 29 7 8 5 15
A. Chiasson 28 7 8 -6 15
M. Hoffman 28 8 6 10 14
D. Legwand 31 6 7 -4 13
C. Ceci 31 1 8 0 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 7 8 4 .929 2.45
R. Lehner 6 4 2 .913 2.84