Panthers 4, Senators 2
The Florida Panthers needed some time to get up to full speed
against the Ottawa Senators.
Marcel Goc, Krystofer Barch and Mikael Samuelsson scored
second-period goals and the Panthers rallied to beat the Senators
for the first time in 10 games, 4-2 on Sunday night.
The Panthers were coming off a 7-0 loss at Winnipeg on Thursday
night and a 3-1 loss to Nashville on Saturday night. They picked up
an important two points as they try to maintain their Southeast
Jack Skille added a goal with 1:26 left, Jose Theodore made 23
saves, and Mike Weaver had two assists to help the Panthers beat
the Senators for the first time since a 3-0 victory in Ottawa in
”It was good to get a win finally in front of these fans that
are itching for the playoffs,” Skille said. ”We want to make sure
that we come back with a lot of push at the end of the season
Jared Cowen and Chris Neil scored in the first period for
Ottawa, and Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots.
”I think the whole team collapsed a little bit and they came
out very hungry,” Lehner said.
The Panthers took the lead on Samuelsson’s power-play goal with
8:57 left in the second. Stephen Weiss passed from below the left
circle to Samuelsson in front and he wristed the puck past
Goc and Barch scored in a 2:21 span early in the second to tie
it. Goc deflected Weaver’s shot from the right circle over Lehner
at 33 seconds, and Barch skated in on Lehner and beat him to the
stick side at 2:54. It was Barch’s first goal in 21 games.
”It just comes down to work, this time of year especially,”
Barch said. ”Every team has got talent, you’ve just got to outwork
the team across.”
The Senators looked as if they were going to rout the Panthers
when they took the 2-0 lead in the first, but the Panthers bounced
”Our competition level after the first period stayed the same
and theirs obviously elevated to a higher level,” Ottawa coach
Paul MacLean said. ”Instead of raising our competition level as
the game went on to meet theirs, we got frustrated.”
The Senators opened the scoring on Cowen’s goal with 6:37 left
in the first. Cowen brought the puck off the side boards and fired
a shot from about 10 feet inside the blue line.
Neil made it 2-0 with 1:28 left in the period. Theodore blocked
Jim O’Brien’s shot, but the puck bounced out to the slot and Neil
grabbed it and got a shot by Theodore.
”When you get as thoroughly outplayed as we did in the first
period, I think there has to be some kind of a response,” Panthers
coach Kevin Dineen said. ”To the credit of our leadership group,
to our worker bees, to our team as a whole, we never gave up. The
response was extremely strong.”
NOTES: Florida has allowed the first two goals of a game in five
of its last six contests (2-2-1) and six of its last eight (3-3-1).
… Goc has two goals and five assists in his last 10 games. …
Ottawa C Rob Klinkhammer played his second NHL game. He made his
NHL debut Dec. 8, 2010, with Chicago.