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Senators 6, Panthers 2

Wednesday, 02.15.2012 / 10:22 PM

Associated Press

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Senators 6, Panthers 2
Ottawa Senators 6, Florida Panthers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Craig Anderson
1st
SA: 44TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 35-36
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .955SH: 3-3
Kaspars Daugavins
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 10:42
Milan Michalek
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:19

SUNRISE, Fla. — Nothing brings out the best in the Ottawa Senators more than a matchup with the Florida Panthers.

Craig Anderson made 42 saves, six Ottawa players scored, and the Senators routed the Panthers 6-2 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight win against Florida.

Jim O'Brien notched his first career goal, Milan Michalek moved into a tie for the team lead with his 25th of the season, and Kaspars Daugavins, Bobby Butler, Daniel Alfredsson, and Filip Kuba also scored for the Senators.

Ottawa has beaten the Panthers five straight times in Florida and 17 of 20 on the road.

"I don't know if they feel that we have an advantage on them or not," Alfredsson said. "In today's NHL, we've just got to go out there and work hard for 60 minutes no matter who you play. You can't think, `this is going to go our way.' You're going to have to work for it."

Shawn Matthias and Sean Bergenheim scored for the Panthers. Scott Clemmensen allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Jose Theodore with 5:54 left in the second. Theodore, who only played once since Jan. 20 due to injury, stopped 13 of 15 shots.

Florida allowed six goals at home for the first time this season, but set a season high with 44 shots. The Panthers were shooting for their first four-game winning streak in four years, but didn't come close.

"We had a decent first period, but in the second, bang-bang. A couple goals against, and the rain kept falling from there," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "A very disappointing game in front of our home fans."

Ottawa took a 2-1 lead in the second. Brian Lee sent a pass from above the right circle to Daugavins, who tipped the puck in from in front at 5:18.

The lead grew to 3-1 a couple minutes later when Michalek passed from the top of the left circle to Butler, who deflected the puck past Clemmensen's glove side at 7:24.

Alfredsson's shorthanded goal at 14:06 of the second made it 4-1. The Panthers turned the puck over in the neutral zone, and Alfredsson skated in and backhanded the puck over the goalie's pad. Clemmensen was then replaced by Theodore.

"That's the good thing about breakaways compared to shootouts or penalty shots. You don't have too much time to think," Alfredsson said. "I didn't have the shot, so I just tried to fake and go on my backhand. It worked out pretty good."

The Senators kept pouring it on, and Michalek pushed the lead to four goals. Bergenheim's power-play goal later in the third closed the gap to 5-2.

Kuba added a power-play goal for Ottawa late in the period.

"You don't score six in a game, you don't continue to win if you don't get contributions from everybody," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.

Three of Ottawa's goals came on tip-ins.

"All their point shots, they're not shooting it for the net shots, they're shooting it for tips and deflections and they're trying the back door plays," Clemmensen said. "It's tough to absorb that, and trying to make a push ourselves."

Ottawa went ahead 1-0 on O'Brien's goal. O'Brien, recalled by Ottawa Feb.3, took control of the puck behind the net and poked it in on a wraparound at 5:35 on the first.

"It was more of just relief," O'Brien said about his first goal. "It was kind of building up there and it was just a great feeling. It's even better that we got the win."

The Panthers tied it when Matthias sent a wrist shot from the left circle over Anderson's shoulder at 11:47.

NOTES: Florida D Jason Garrison will be out seven to 10 days because of an undisclosed lower body injury sustained Saturday against New Jersey ... Matthias has four points in four games ... Bergenheim has seven points in eight games ... Ottawa's Butler has one goal and five assists in four games ... Ottawa C Jason Spezza has five goals and seven assists in five games ... Alfredsson has three goals and four assists in three games against the Panthers this season ... The Senators are in the midst of their annual Father's Trip, with 17 fathers of players in attendance. They're 5-0-1 in front of their dads over the last two seasons.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:35
OTT
Jim O'Brien (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Nick Foligno (21), Brian Lee (6)
1 - 0 OTT
11:47
FLA
Shawn Matthias (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Weaver (14)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:18
OTT
Kaspars Daugavins (4) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Lee (7), Erik Condra (13)
2 - 1 OTT
07:24
OTT
Bobby Butler (6) Tip-in - ASST: Milan Michalek (14), Jason Spezza (36)
3 - 1 OTT
14:06
OTT
SHG - Daniel Alfredsson (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Kaspars Daugavins (6)
4 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
01:24
OTT
Milan Michalek (25) Tip-in - ASST: Erik Karlsson (43), Jason Spezza (37)
5 - 1 OTT
04:25
FLA
PPG - Sean Bergenheim (12) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Campbell (36), Tomas Fleischmann (25)
5 - 2 OTT
14:54
OTT
PPG - Filip Kuba (5) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Spezza (38), Daniel Alfredsson (23)
6 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
15:31
OTT
Filip Kuba  Tripping against  Tomas Kopecky
2nd Period
08:14
FLA
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
08:14
OTT
Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
11:41
OTT
Chris Phillips  Interference against  Mikael Samuelsson
13:30
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Hi-sticking against  Brian Campbell
17:00
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Slashing against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
02:58
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:51
OTT
Colin Greening  Slashing against  Tomas Fleischmann
13:54
FLA
Jack Skille  Too many men/ice - bench
15:31
OTT
Zack Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Tyson Strachan
15:31
FLA
Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Smith
15:31
FLA
Jack Skille  Roughing against  Jared Cowen
16:36
FLA
Matt Bradley  Abusive language - bench
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 44TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 35 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .955SH: 3 - 3
Scott Clemmensen
Scott Clemmensen
10-5-5
SA: 16TOI: 33:53
Saves: 12EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 1
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 15TOI: 25:54
Saves: 13EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0