NHL Game Summary - Florida at Ottawa
(Monday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Florida 2 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Todd White scored at 1:34 of overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators past the Florida Panthers, 3-2, at the Corel Centre.
Antoine Vermette and Martin Havlat also tallied goals for Ottawa, which notched its third straight win and improved to 7-2-1 in its last 10 contests. Martin Prusek made 19 saves for the Senators.
Valeri Bure scored both goals for Florida. Roberto Luongo stopped 42 shots for the Panthers, who have managed just two wins in their last 12 games (2-3-5-2).
On the game-winning goal, Daniel Alfredsson stole the puck from Pavel Trnka at the Florida blue line and sent a pass ahead for White. White broke in alone, deked to the forehand and stuffed the puck past Luongo for his third tally of the season.
Vermette opened the scoring just 2:20 into the contest. After Luongo made the initial save on Zdeno Chara, Vermette was able to bat the puck out of mid-air and into the net for his second goal of the season.
Bure evened the contest on the power play at 1:45 of the second period, as he beat a screened Prusek with a wrist shot from the point.
Luongo then made a pair of big saves to keep the game tied. He used the glove to stop Marian Hossa with 16:50 left in the frame and then stuck out the pad to rob Shaun Van Allen 45 seconds later. Luongo finished with 21 saves in the period.
Bure struck again at 5:15 of the second. He took a pass from Matt Cullen at the left side of the net, skated across the slot area and fired a high shot past Prusek for his second of the night and 10th of the campaign.
Havlat then made it 2-2 at 6:31. He received a centering pass in the slot from Hossa during an Ottawa power play and re-directed the puck past Luongo for his seventh goal of the season.
Hossa extended his point streak to six games. He has three goals and five assists during the stretch...It was Ottawa's first overtime victory of the season (1-3-3)...The 22 shots in the second period and 45 for the game both marked season-highs for the Senators...Each club was 1-for-4 on the power play...Luongo fell to 1-8-1 in his career against Ottawa.
12/22 22:38:28 ET