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Senators 3-0 after Anderson defeats Panthers again

Alain Poupart  - NHL.com Correspondent | Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 11:49 PM

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Goalie Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators continued their mastery of the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Anderson made 25 saves, and Chris Phillips and Erik Karlsson scored as the Senators improved to 3-0 with a 3-1 victory at BB&T Center. Jason Spezza added an empty-netter with 1:15 left.

Anderson, a backup for the Panthers from 2006-07 through 2008-09, improved to 9-0-1 against his former team. He shut out Florida 4-0 Monday night at Ottawa.

With two victories against the Panthers this season, the Senators have taken 11 of the past 12 meetings dating to the 2009-10 season.

Ottawa is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2007-08 when it opened with five consecutive victories.

Tomas Fleischmann scored for the injury-riddled Panthers, who have lost three in a row since opening the season with a 5-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Florida has scored two goals in its three losses.

Already missing regulars Kris Versteeg, Marcel Goc, Sean Bergenheim and Erik Gudbranson, the Panthers also found themselves without center Stephen Weiss after he was scratched with a lower-body injury.

Jose Theodore finished with 34 saves, including 14 in the first 11 minutes before Phillips beat him with a slap shot from the point toward the end of a second consecutive power play.

Theodore stopped Guillaume Latendresse's penalty shot with 9:11 left in the third period. Latendresse was awarded the penalty shot after he was hooked from behind by Brian Campbell while on a breakaway.

Latendresse tried to slip a quick backhand through the five-hole on a deke, but Theodore made a stick save.

Karlsson broke the 1-1 tie at 8:28 of the second period after a wild sequence in front of the Florida net. After a loose puck bounced in front of Theodore, three players wound up on the ice before the Panthers gained possession.

Karlsson intercepted Shawn Matthias' cross-ice pass just outside the blue line, and after waiting for a teammate to clear the zone, skated in down the left side before beating Theodore with a short-distance wrist shot to the far side.

It was the Norris Trophy winner's second goal of the season.

Fleischmann opened the scoring at 8:24 with a power-play goal. After Tomas Kopecky controlled the faceoff, Fleischmann passed the puck back to Campbell at the point. Campbell flipped it back to Fleischmann, who skated in then beat Anderson with a wrist shot through the five-hole from the top of the circle.

The goal snapped Anderson's shutout streak at 122:24. He hadn't given up a goal since the 6:00 mark of the first period of the opener when Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored on a power play.

Anderson wasn't tested very often in the third period Thursday, but he came up big when he gloved Peter Mueller's shot from the wing with 6:07 left.

Seconds earlier, Jakob Silfverberg almost increased Ottawa's lead but his wrist shot bounced off the right post.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:24FLA PPG - Tomas Fleischmann (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brian Campbell (2), Tomas Kopecky (1) 1 - 0 FLA
11:25OTT PPG - Chris Phillips (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marc Methot (2), Zack Smith (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:28OTT Erik Karlsson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
18:44OTT EN - Jason Spezza (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Michalek (2), Marc Methot (3) 3 - 1 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Craig Anderson
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 18-18
PIM: 0PP: 7-8
SV%: .962SH: 0-0
Erik Karlsson
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 26:41
Jose Theodore
SA: 36TOI: 58:55
GA: 2EV: 27-28
PIM: 0PP: 7-8
SV%: .944SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:16OTT Sergei Gonchar  Interference against  Scottie Upshall
08:38FLA Tomas Fleischmann  Hooking against  Erik Karlsson
09:37FLA Scottie Upshall  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
12:29OTT Jakob Silfverberg  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Kopecky
15:18OTT Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Scottie Upshall
2nd Period
06:09OTT Marc Methot  Interference against  Jack Skille
3rd Period
01:32FLA Drew Shore  Interference against  Marc Methot
01:41OTT Erik Karlsson  Closing hand on puck
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/5
Faceoff Wins3327
Blocked Shots1519
Penalty Minutes106
3M. MethotD0222221:01
4C. PhillipsD1003021:02
7K. TurrisC0002016:25
9M. MichalekL0111017:58
11D. AlfredssonR0004216:17
13P. ReginC0013011:34
14C. GreeningL0001013:23
15Z. SmithC0103013:34
18J. O'BrienC0002012:17
19J. SpezzaC1011017:47
22E. CondraR0010010:45
25C. NeilR0003011:36
33J. SilfverbergR0011216:25
46P. WierciochD0000012:08
55S. GoncharD0013225:44
61A. BenoitD0001013:52
65E. KarlssonD1024226:41
73G. LatendresseL0003013:23
41C. Anderson2526.96260:00
4K. EllerbyD0000012:40
7D. KulikovD00-22020:58
11J. HuberdeauL0003015:33
12J. SkilleR00-10011:32
13M. SantorelliC0000017:14
14T. FleischmannL10-13222:58
17F. KubaD00-13023:55
18S. MatthiasC00-13014:03
19S. UpshallL0002214:00
22G. ParrosR000004:10
25J. SmithsonC000009:31
27A. KovalevR00-23021:22
43M. WeaverD0001019:03
50D. ShoreC0001211:31
51B. CampbellD01-11025:22
55E. JovanovskiD0001015:55
82T. KopeckyR01-11018:26
88P. MuellerC00-12017:04
60J. Theodore3436.94458:55