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Thursday, November 17th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (6-9-4) at Ottawa Senators (13-3-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers try to put the brakes on a nine-game losing streak tonight when they visit the powerful Ottawa Senators at the Corel Centre.

The contest marks Florida head coach Jacques Martin's first back in Ottawa since taking the Panthers' reins. Martin spent nine years with the Senators and helped build the team into a perreniel playoff club before being fired after the 2003-04 season.

The Panthers are 0-5-4 in their last nine tilts and are coming off an overtime loss in Montreal on Tuesday. Saku Koivu scored with only four seconds remaining in the extra session to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory.

Roberto Luongo made 42 saves for Florida, while Olli Jokinen, Gregory Campbell, and Stephen Weiss all scored.

On the winning goal, Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray sent a clearing attempt up to Florida's blue line, where Koivu took control of the puck, skated in on Luongo, and on his backhand, chipped the puck over the goaltender's shoulder.

The loss dropped Florida to 2-7-3 on the road this season.

Meanwhile, the Senators had a five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Martin Gerber stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced and Mike Commodore tallied the game-winning goal with less than a minute left in the second period for the Hurricanes.

The Senators dropped to 7-2 at home this season.

Daniel Alfredsson scored his 16th goal of the season for his 600th career NHL point and Dominik Hasek made 17 saves for Ottawa.

Dany Heatley recorded a secondary assist on Alfredsson's goal to improve his season-opening point scoring streak to 16 games (15 goals, 15 assists). The stretch is the second-longest streak in NHL history from the start of a player's tenure with a team. Wayne Gretzky holds the mark by scoring in his first 23 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

This is the first meeting of the season between these teams after a game scheduled to be played in Florida on October 22 was postponed due to Hurricane Wilma. That game has been rescheduled for December 5.

Ottawa has won three straight and four of the last five meetings with the Panthers, but Florida has taken three of the previous five at the Corel Centre.

11/17 11:38:25 ET


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