Senators Lose 4-2 to Panthers

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Coming off a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night, the Senators were hoping to reverse their fortunes in Florida.  Luckily, there couldn’t have been a better place, as Ottawa came into this tilt with a 9 game win streak against the Panthers.  The Senators were also hoping to score more than 1 goal in this contest, having only tallied once in each of their past 2 games. 

And it got off to a good start.  Jared Cowen’s shot from the point made its way through a maze of players and snuck by Jose Theodore to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.  Then, Chris Neil grabbed a rebound in front and shot it by the Panther’s goaltender to increase the lead to 2.  After one period of play, the Sens were up 2-0, which could’ve been more if Florida had not blocked 9 shots towards the goal. 

But the Senators’ effort in the first 20 minutes was erased in just three.  33 seconds into the second, Marcel Goc deflected a Mike Weaver shot up and over Robin Lehner to cut the lead in half.  Just over 2 minutes later, Krys Barch was sent in alone on Lehner, deking him to the left side and just like that, the game was all tied up.  Florida would then take their first lead of the game as Mikael Samuelsson converted on the power-play for his 9th of the season and the Panthers took a 3-2 lead into the final frame.

The third period was filled with frustration and disappointment for the Senators.  An inability to create quality scoring chances resulted in two retaliation penalties to Erik Karlsson, one of which was for a nasty 2-handed slash on Sean Bergenheim.  Karlsson was also the defenceman Jack Skille sped by on a rush towards the net late in the frame, beating Robin Lehner and putting the game away in a 4-2 victory for the Panthers. 

A costly loss for the Senators as they fail to pick up 2 points against an opponent they’ve dominated all year.  Jason Spezza & Erik Karlsson finished the game with 0 shots on net, while Robin Lehner allowed more than 2 goals for the first time all season.  Rob Klinkhammer had 2 shots on net and recorded 7 hits in his Senator debut. 

Ottawa hopes to rebound against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Alfredsson, Spezza, Karlsson & Neil (video)


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