NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Florida
(Wednesday, December 5th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Florida 4
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Randy Robitaille scored twice to help the Ottawa Senators down the Florida Panthers, 5-4, at the BankAtlantic Center.
Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno all registered a goal and an assist for the Senators, who snapped a seven-game losing skid. Daniel Alfredsson and Joe Corvo each recorded two assists and Ray Emery made 21 saves, also stopping a penalty shot, to earn the win.
Olli Jokinen had two goals and three points for Florida, which has lost three straight after reeling off a season-high four-game winning streak. Steve Montador had a goal and two assists, while Nathan Horton collected two assists. Tomas Vokoun allowed two goals on five shots before being replaced by Craig Anderson, who finished the game with 24 saves.
Florida's Kamil Kreps was awarded a penalty shot 4:35 into the third after he was hooked by Andrej Meszaros, but Emery made a left pad save.
Later in the frame, while on the power play, Spezza wristed the puck from the bottom of the left circle through the five hole of Anderson. The goal put Ottawa ahead 4-2 at the 7:08 mark.
David Booth lit the lamp with 9:34 remaining in the third, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
Ottawa recaptured a two-goal cushion on Robitaille's second goal of the night. Spezza threw the puck towards the front of the net and it bounced off Robitaille with 5:24 left.
With 13.9 seconds remaining in regulation, Jokinen made it a 5-4 game with a wraparound goal. He circled behind the cage and stuffed the puck past the extended left leg of Emery.
"It teaches you not to be too comfortable," said Ottawa coach John Paddock, referring to how the Senators allowed the Panthers back into the game. "When it was five to three, it was there for the win. When it was five to four, it (the game) was right there on the edge again. We just made it too close."
In the first period, Ottawa capitalized on a costly turnover by Florida's defenseman Jassen Cullimore in the defensive zone. Cullimore's attempted clearing pass from the near boards was intercepted by Robitaille. Robitaille then drove to the net and unleashed a snap shot from the right circle over the glove of Vokoun, giving the Senators a 1-0 lead at the 6:48 mark.
Twenty-two seconds later, Fisher made it a 2-0 game when his shot from above the left circle beat Vokoun high on the stick side, ending Vokoun's night prematurely.
Florida battled back in the second half of the opening stanza, tying the game at two.
While on the power play, Jokinen's centering feed from behind the cage somehow found its way behind Emery. The puck caromed off the right skate of Meszaros and deflected off the pad of Emery with 9:39 remaining.
Montador's tally with 3:07 left evened the score. Horton skated into the high slot and dished the puck to Montador at the right point, whose blast found room on the short-side.
"It's a good feeling," said Montador, commenting on tying the game at two. "It's a character (-building) feeling, especially to do it (score) so quickly against a team that is so potent. Certainly, to come back against these guys (Senators) a couple of times is a big thing and that's something we have to improve on."
Ottawa reclaimed a 3-2 lead on Foligno's deflection of Meszaros' point shot just over seven minutes into the second period.
Ottawa has beaten the Panthers in six straight meetings and has won 11 of 13 and 12 of the last 15 meetings overall...Jokinen celebrated his 29th birthday...Ottawa improved to 15-1-1 when scoring first...Florida has played in five consecutive one-goal games (2-3-0)...Spezza has collected 16 points during his nine-game point streak and has recorded at least one assist in nine straight games...Ottawa's Dany Heatley had his eight-game point streak broken...Jokinen extended his point streak to three games...Florida lost for the first time when scoring four or more goals (7-1-0).
12/06 00:10:16 ET