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Senators 2, Panthers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Senators 2, Panthers 1
Ottawa Senators 2, Florida Panthers 1

SUNRISE, Fla. - Dany Heatley and Chris Kelly scored third-period goals to help the Ottawa Senators rally for a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

The victory was Ottawa's (4-5-1) second in a row following a four-game losing streak. Florida beat the Senators 3-1 at Scotiabank Place on Oct. 22.

Keith Ballard scored for Florida, which lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Panthers were shut out 4-0 at St. Louis on Saturday.

Alex Auld, who played for Florida in 2006-07, made 25 saves for Ottawa. He was making his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured Martin Gerber.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots for Florida.

Kelly gave Ottawa the lead at 10:20 when he poked home a loose puck in the crease. Vokoun stopped Chris Neil's wraparound attempt after a turnover behind the Florida net, but the puck stayed loose in the goalmouth area. Vokoun stopped Jarkko Ruutu's rebound, but Kelly was able to poke the puck through.

Florida led 1-0 before Heatley tied the game with a power-play goal at 5:55 of the third period. Heatley skated in from the corner of the offensive zone and beat Vokoun to the short side when he fired a quick wrist shot.

Ballard opened the scoring at 14:19 of the first period during a 5-on-3 power play just nine seconds after Jason Smith was called for delay of game for shooting the puck over the glass. Ballard beat Auld with a wrist shot to the stick side with Rostislaz Olesz standing right in front of the net.

Florida almost added to the lead in the second period when Nathan Horton's wrist shot past Auld's glove bounced off the post.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:19
FLA
PPG - Keith Ballard (2) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (2)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:55
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (6) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (7), Alexandre Picard (2)
1 - 1 Tie
10:20
OTT
Chris Kelly (1) ASST: Chris Neil (1), Jarkko Ruutu (2)
2 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
05:42
FLA
Karlis Skrastins  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
13:09
OTT
Shean Donovan  Hooking against  Karlis Skrastins
14:10
OTT
Jason Smith  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
08:41
FLA
Nick Boynton  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
19:46
FLA
Karlis Skrastins  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
3rd Period
05:18
FLA
Cory Stillman  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:31
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hooking against  Brett McLean
16:47
FLA
David Booth  Hi-sticking against  Alexandre Picard
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
3-4-0
SA: 31TOI: 59:06
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .935SH: 1 - 1