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Senators 4, Panthers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 4, Panthers 1
Florida Panthers 1, Ottawa Senators 4

OTTAWA (AP) -Ray Emery made himself right at home in goal for the Ottawa Senators.

Making his first regular-season NHL start since offseason wrist surgery, Emery made 31 saves to help the Senators beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Saturday night.

"I thought the team played really well and I felt pretty good in there. Kind of like I expected," Emery said. "It's a situation where I know the team is going to play well, so I just have to play solid so it makes it easier to come back from an injury. It was a welcome change to get back in a game."

Before returning to the NHL, Emery played two games last weekend for the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton, stopping 80 of 86 shots. He'll have to wait a week for his next start, with the Senators off until facing the New Jersey Devils at the new Prudential Center in Newark next Saturday.

Mike Fisher and Shean Donovan scored second-period goals for the Senators, and Christoph Schubert and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the third.

The Panthers got their lone goal on a power play in the second period when Richard Zednik stuffed a loose puck between Emery and the goal post.

"The main focus was to get pucks on net, get a lot of traffic and hopefully get a couple by him," Panthers forward Anthony Stewart said. "We really didn't stick to the game plan. We stuck in there early but their guns took over towards the end."

Tomas Vokoun made 43 saves for Florida.

Senators rookie Nick Foligno left in the second period after getting hit from behind into the boards by Panthers defenseman Branislav Mezei.

A penalty was coming on the play, but Fisher scored at 2:09 to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Foligno had a neck sprain and didn't return.

After the Senators took a 2-0 lead on Donovan's first goal of the season at 3:11, Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind and a game misconduct when he ran David Booth into the end boards.

Booth stayed on the ice for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. He was conscious and alert and able to move his arms and legs, but was taken to the Ottawa Civic Hospital as a precautionary measure.

Zednik scored on the ensuing power play at 5:29.

After scoring at least a point in the first eight games, Jason Spezza was pointless.

"I thought our line was pretty good. We've had worse games and gotten points and tonight we played pretty good and didn't get one," Spezza said. "The most important thing is we're 8-1 and we've had a god first stretch to the season."

Notes: Dany Heatley, Chris Kelly and Andrej Meszaros have played in all of the Senators' 173 regular-season games since the NHL returned from the lockout in 2005-06. ... Panthers forward Olli Jokinen has played in 302 consecutive games. ... The Senators are 7-0 when they score first and 0-1 when the opposition scores first.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:09
OTT
Mike Fisher (2) ASST: Chris Neil (1), Anton Volchenkov (2)
1 - 0 OTT
03:11
OTT
Shean Donovan (1) ASST: Christoph Schubert (1), Brian McGrattan (1)
2 - 0 OTT
05:29
FLA
PPG - Richard Zednik (2) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
02:44
OTT
PPG - Christoph Schubert (1) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (3), Randy Robitaille (1)
3 - 1 OTT
11:01
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (6) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (4)
4 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
04:56
OTT
Dany Heatley  Interference against  David Booth
10:55
FLA
Ruslan Salei  Hooking against  Christoph Schubert
16:24
FLA
Radek Dvorak  Hooking against  Mike Fisher
19:32
FLA
Richard Zednik  Holding against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
04:45
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Boarding against  David Booth
04:45
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Game misconduct against  David Booth
10:56
OTT
Dany Heatley  Unsportsmanlike conduct
10:56
FLA
Bryan Allen  Roughing against  Dany Heatley
10:56
OTT
Dany Heatley  Slashing against  Bryan Allen
12:05
FLA
Nathan Horton  Holding the stick against  Chris Phillips
12:43
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Tripping against  Ruslan Salei
3rd Period
02:09
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Interference against  Patrick Eaves
11:18
FLA
Radek Dvorak  Holding against  Joe Corvo
14:05
OTT
Dany Heatley  Cross checking against  Ville Peltonen
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 47TOI: 59:51
Saves: 43EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .915SH: 4 - 4
Ray Emery
SA: 32TOI: 59:49
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 1