"We came out start to finish and stuck to our game plan," Anderson said after his second shutout of the season. "We executed, did things right and got rewarded with the result."
Panthers: Florida hasn't been good away from the BankAtlantic Center this season. But the Panthers followed the same script to beat the Devils and Islanders — allow an early goal, shut down the opponent after that and take advantage of its scoring opportunities. The result was a 3-1 win at New Jersey on Saturday and a 4-1 win on Long Island 24 hours later.
As they enter the homestretch, the Panthers lead Washington by four points and have a game in hand as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
"It was a good weekend for us," coach Kevin Dineen said. "It's satisfying. We went out played hard and were rewarded for it."
Who's Hot: Spezza has 10 points in his last four games. Forward Bobby Butler has five assists during Ottawa's 2-0-1 streak … Kris Versteeg, who leads the Panthers with 22 goals and 48 points, has five goals and four assists in his last nine games.
Injury Report: Ottawa is without forwards Peter Regin (shoulder) and Brad Winchester (concussion) … Florida is without three of its top six defencemen — Ed Jovanovski (hand), Jason Garrison (upper body) and Dmitry Kulikov (knee). The Panthers are also missing forward Scottie Upshall (abdominal surgery) and Marco Sturm (knee surgery).
Stat Pack: Ottawa has won the last eight games between the teams, seven in regulation. The Panthers haven't beaten the Senators in South Florida since winning 5-2 on March 31, 2009 … The Panthers are trying for their fourth straight win at home. It would be their longest streak at the BankAtlantic Center since winning five in a row to close out January in 2010.
Puck Drop: The Senators have their fathers along on the two-game swing through Florida — they've gone 4-0-1 in the past three seasons with their dads in the building.
"We hope to keep that going. I guess it's the fear of the fathers," Spezza said after Tuesday's win. "It's been great having them around. Our record's been real good. It was a real fun couple of days with them. I thought it was real great of (coach Paul MacLean) to let them come in here before the game to see our meetings, see what we go through. It was nice to get a win in front of them."