NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Florida
(Thursday, October 30th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Florida 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Chris Kelly banged home the second of Ottawa's two third-period goals, as the Senators posted a 2-1 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers.
Dany Heatley tallied the tying goal, and Alex Auld was solid between the pipes, stopping all but one of 26 shots for Ottawa, which has won two straight following a four-game slide.
Keith Ballard registered Florida's only goal, while Tomas Vokoun stopped 29- of-31 shots for the Panthers, who have dropped two in a row.
"We all have to be better, starting with me, going down through the line-up," Vokoun said. "There are guys here to score and they have to score. I'm here to stop the puck. I've got to stop the puck. [We've] got to do it in crucial times. We all have a job [to do]."
After a fruitless second period for both clubs, Heatley fired a no-look wrist shot over Vokoun's left shoulder from the right circle to tie the game with 14:05 remaining.
The Senators' Chris Neil forced a turnover several minutes later and was denied on a stuff from behind the net. A battle out front ensued and Kelly was credited with the goal as the puck trickled in at the 10:20 mark of the third.
A high-sticking penalty called on Florida's David Booth with 3:13 remaining hindered the Panthers' chances at netting the equalizer, as Auld denied all six shots faced in the final 20 minutes.
"The big thing is when you're down by that one goal you just try to stop all the pucks," Auld said. "I didn't have a whole lot to do in the third [period]. I thought we played really well, obviously capitalized on the power play and were able to get a nice little garbage goal in front."
Shean Donovan's hooking penalty and Jason Smith's delay-of-game gaffe within a minute of one another gave Florida a two-man advantage at the 14:10 mark of the first period.
Off the ensuing faceoff from the left circle, Ballard took Jay Bouwmeester's give and let a wrister fly towards the net. Auld had no chance to stop the puck, with Rostislav Olesz's screen in front blocking the way.
On Saturday Ottawa ends a four-game road trip at Tampa Bay, while Florida begins a five-game trek away from BankAtlantic Center with a tilt at Nashville...The Sens have won eight of 10 against the Panthers as well as 12 of their last 14 tilts at BankAtlantic Center.
10/30 23:55:50 ET