Final Score: Ottawa 3, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal midway
through the second period, as the Ottawa Senators secured a 3-1 victory over
the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Chris Phillips registered a power-play goal and Jason Spezza added an empty-
netter for the Senators, who improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since
Craig Anderson turned away 25 shots in the triumph and improved to 9-0-1 in 11
career starts against the Panthers.
Tomas Fleischmann scored the lone Florida goal, while Jose Theodore
surrendered two goals on 36 shots for the Panthers, who have lost three
straight, including a 4-0 setback at Ottawa on Jan. 21.
"We really have to bear down and give our goalie some support," Panthers head
coach Kevin Dineen said. "They're creating a lot of chances against us.
After the teams exchanged power-play goals in the first period, the Senators
took advantage of a Florida turnover midway through the second to register the
Karlsson intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and carried it down the left
wing before ripping a wrister from the left circle that sailed high over the
right shoulder of Theodore to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead at the 8:28 mark.
"I haven't seen too many people get from the blue line at a dead stop to the
hash marks and shoot the puck in the net like that in a real long time,"
Senators head coach Paul MacLean said of the shot.
The Panthers put together a flurry in the third, but Anderson turned away all
six shots he faced in the stanza and Spezza tallied an empty netter with just
over a minute remaining to account for the final margin.
Florida struck first on the power play at the 8:24 mark of the first when
Fleischmann rifled a shot from just inside that left circle that snuck past
Anderson, but Ottawa answered just over three minutes later when Phillips one-
timed a slapper past Theodore to knot the game at the 11:25 mark.
Ottawa has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Florida ... Ottawa winger
Guillaume Latendresse was awarded a penalty shot late in the third period, but
was stopped by Theodore ... Florida went 1-for-5 on the power play, while
Ottawa finished 1-for-3.
01/25 02:52:07 ET
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