FRANÇAIS Official Site of the Ottawa Senators
Florida
Panthers
32-37-13
Ottawa
Senators
44-32-6

22 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
FLA
OTT
  • Preview
  • Watch
  • Ice Tracker
  • Boxscore
  • Recap
  • photos (30)
game recap

Senators 3, Panthers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Senators 3, Panthers 2
Florida Panthers 2, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA - With the Ottawa Senators poised to return to the playoffs, Daniel Alfredsson likes how the club is rounding into form.

The Senators captain scored 20th goal of the season early in the third period and the Ottawa won its fourth straight, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

"We can match up against anybody I think," Alfredsson said. "We know how close it is and how close a (playoff) series will be, but we feel that if we can continue here all the way to the playoffs, we can do some damage."

Brian Elliott made 20 saves, and Matt Cullen and Peter Regin also scored for the Senators. Rookie defenceman Erik Karlsson had three assists.

Stephen Weiss and Steven Reinprecht scored for the Panthers, who got a 22-save performance from Tomas Vokoun.

Alfredsson fired a shot from just inside the blue line early in the third period to give Ottawa a 3-1 lead. He is only four games played away from the 1,000 mileston in the NHL. He has scored at least 20 goals in 10 straight seasons.

The Senators, who missed the playoffs last season but are now fifth in the Eastern Conference with 87 points, got into penalty trouble later in the period and handed the Panthers two 5-on-3 power plays.

Reinprecht beat Elliott on the first opportunity at 13:14, but the Panthers failed to convert on the other. Elliott made a huge glove save on Nathan Horton to keep Florida at bay.

"We did a great job killing those off," Elliott said. "Even if we get those penalties, we're confident that we can kill them off."

After a sluggish first period, both teams came out with a much better effort in the second.

The Panthers opened the scoring when Weiss sneaked a shot behind Elliott seven minutes into the period.

Cullen tied the game at 15:02, burying Karlsson's rebound over Vokoun.

"I try to do my role every game," Karlsson said. "I think it's more of the team playing good and then the guys play good."

Karlsson has been getting increased responsibilities recently. Senators coach Cory Clouston has been pleased with the young defenceman's play.

"He's done a lot of good things in different areas," Clouston said. "He's playing very well, very poised."

Regin beat Vokoun through the legs at 17:40 to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead after two. Regin has three goals in four games.

Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov left the game after a collision with teammate Andy Sutton and Weiss early in the second. Clouston said the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

NOTES: The Senators were without D Filip Kuba (lower body, day-to-day), LW Milan Michalek (knee, indefinite) ... RW Shean Donovan and RW Ryan Shannon were healthy scratches ... Ottawa C Chris Kelly played in his 400th NHL career game ... The Panthers were without C Gregory Campbell (foot, day-to-day), LW David Booth (concussion, indefinite) ... The Senators next see action Tuesday against the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals in Washington (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:59
FLA
Stephen Weiss (26) ASST: Cory Stillman (20)
1 - 0 FLA
15:02
OTT
Matt Cullen (15) ASST: Erik Karlsson (16), Chris Campoli (14)
1 - 1 Tie
17:40
OTT
Peter Regin (12) ASST: Jason Spezza (26), Erik Karlsson (17)
2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
01:44
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (20) ASST: Jason Spezza (27), Erik Karlsson (18)
3 - 1 OTT
13:14
FLA
PPG - Steve Reinprecht (16) ASST: Cory Stillman (21), Bryan McCabe (32)
3 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:32
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Tarnasky
04:32
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
18:25
FLA
Radek Dvorak  Tripping against  Mike Fisher
3rd Period
01:25
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Illegal equipment
11:10
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Roughing against  Bryan Allen
11:10
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
11:10
FLA
Bryan Allen  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
12:19
OTT
Jason Spezza  Tripping against  Shawn Matthias
12:52
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
13:32
OTT
Chris Kelly  Tripping against  Michael Frolik
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
23-26-11
SA: 25TOI: 58:44
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0
Brian Elliott
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0