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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Ottawa

(Thursday, April 13th)

Final Score: Florida 5, Ottawa 4 (OT)

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Joe Nieuwendyk scored the game winner and Roberto Luongo set the all-time Panthers' win record in a 5-4 Florida overtime victory over Ottawa, which clinched the Northeast Division title nonetheless, at Scotiabank Place.

Ottawa, which finished 29-9-3 overall at home, remains atop the Eastern Conference with 111 points. Second place Carolina trails the Senators by two points with three games left, two of which are at home.

With 107 career wins with the Panthers, Luongo surpassed John Vanbiesbrouck for the franchise record.

Olli Jokinen notched a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who have won two of the last three. Alexei Semenov, Jonathan Sim and Martin Gelinas also scored for Florida. Luongo made 46 saves.

Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher both posted a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have dropped five of six. Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer added the other goals. Michael Morrison made 30 saves.

Alfredsson scored on a slap shot glove side just past Luongo's outstretched left skate with two seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, and notch his 42nd goal of the season.

The goal earned the Senators their one necessary point to earn the division crown. Dany Heatley assisted on the play for his 100th point of the season.

Nieuwendyk scored with a snap shot from the right circle stick side to win the game for the Panthers, however, at 3:30 in the overtime period.

Semenov scored a snap shot one-timer on the power play at 9:18, and Sim knocked in a rebound with a backhand glove side from just in front of the crease one minute later for an early 2-0 Florida lead in the first period.

Jokinen scored a tip-in just over Morrison's outstretched glove on the power play at the 9:17 mark of the second period for a 3-0 Panthers lead.

Fisher got the puck in the neutral zone and split the defense to score a backhander glove side at the 10:45 mark to cut Ottawa's deficit to 3-1.

Spezza scored with a wrister from the front edge of the right circle on the power play at the 3:02 mark of the third period to close the Senators' gap to 3-2.

The Panthers regained a two-goal advantage after Gelinas deflected the puck in the slot and scored a tip-in stick side at the 13:20 mark.

Fisher found Schaefer on the far left side, and he wristed the puck over the head of an outstretched Luongo to cut a short-handed Senators deficit to 4-3.

Game Notes

Ottawa will visit Toronto on Saturday night, while the Panthers will host Washington on Saturday...The two teams have split four games this season...The road team has won eight of the last 11 meetings.

04/13 23:17:54 ET

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