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Senators 4, Panthers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 4, Panthers 3
Ottawa Senators 4, Florida Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -The Florida Panthers can't get much to go their way these days. Even pucks off their own players' skates.

Nick Foligno's pass hit a Florida player's skate and ricocheted into the net in the second period and Jarkko Ruutu scored 38 seconds later to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Panthers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson also scored, and denfenseman Filip Kuba added two assists after missing the previous eight games because of a lower-body injury.

Steve Reinprecht, Stephen Weiss and Bryan McCabe scored for Florida, which has lost four straight to drop to 2-7-1. Jordan Leopold and Nathan Horton each had two assists.

"When things are going bad, you never get the bounces," said McCabe, whose skate was hit by Foligno's pass.

Pascal Leclaire stopped nine shots for the Senators (6-2-2), but left after the first period due to illness. Brian Elliott finished the game, making 26 saves.

"Part way through the period during one of the TV timeouts (Leclaire) came over and said he was starting to feel dizzy," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "He felt he would be good until the end of the period. He's a gamer, he tried to stay in but by the end of the period it kept getting progressively worse."

Florida had seven power plays, while Ottawa had only one.

"We didn't play great today but penalty-killing and goaltending made the difference for us," Alfredsson said.

McCabe scored on the power play at 3:51 in the third period to pull Florida within a goal. He beat Elliott with a slap shot from just inside the point, making it 4-3.

Foligno's pass hit McCabe's skate and deflected into the net to give the Senators a 3-2 lead with 2:47 left in the period. Ruutu then made it 4-2.

"I think when you're on losing streaks, those bounces go against you and when you're winning, you tend to get those things," Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. "You like to hope that those bounces even out as the season goes on."

Florida took a 2-1 lead at 1:47 in the second when Weiss tipped the puck in for his third goal of the season. But Alfredsson tied it at 2 at 6:24 in the second when he put the puck through Tomas Vokoun's pads.

The Panthers opened the scoring at 4:44 of the first period when Leopold pushed the puck toward the crease and Reinprecht redirected it into the net. Ottawa evened the score on Fisher's power-play goal with 9:10 left in the opening period.

Florida was coming a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night, a game that also cost the team Radek Dvorak and star left wing David Booth. Booth, who left on a stretcher, sustained a concussion when he was hit by Philadelphia center Mike Richards. Dvorak injured his left knee.

"It's frustrating, for sure, but that was by far our best effort for 60 minutes in a game this year," McCabe said. "There's a ton of positives to build on. I know the end result wasn't what we wanted, but it's certainly a step in the right direction."

NOTES: Panthers rookie D Dmitry Kulikov played in his 10th game of the season Wednesday, meaning he is officially in the first year of his entry-level NHL contract. Kulikov turns 19 on Thursday. ... The Panthers won three of four games against the Senators last season, but Ottawa has won 12 of its last 15 games in Florida.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:44
FLA
Steve Reinprecht (5) ASST: Jordan Leopold (3), Nathan Horton (2)
1 - 0 FLA
10:50
OTT
PPG - Mike Fisher (4) ASST: Filip Kuba (1), Daniel Alfredsson (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:47
FLA
Stephen Weiss (3) ASST: Rostislav Olesz (3), Jordan Leopold (4)
2 - 1 FLA
06:24
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (5) ASST: Filip Kuba (2)
2 - 2 Tie
17:13
OTT
Nick Foligno (3) ASST: Milan Michalek (1), Chris Campoli (1)
3 - 2 OTT
17:51
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu (3) ASST: Chris Kelly (5), Chris Campoli (2)
4 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
03:51
FLA
PPG - Bryan McCabe (1) ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (4), Nathan Horton (3)
4 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:55
OTT
Jonathan Cheechoo  Hi-sticking against  Michal Repik
09:00
FLA
Cory Stillman  Interference against  Chris Kelly
12:12
OTT
Jonathan Cheechoo  Holding against  Michael Frolik
19:45
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
2nd Period
09:19
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Keith Ballard
11:29
OTT
Filip Kuba  Interference against  Stephen Weiss
17:15
OTT
Shean Donovan  Fighting (maj) against  Kenndal McArdle
17:15
FLA
Kenndal McArdle  Fighting (maj) against  Shean Donovan
3rd Period
02:54
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Cory Stillman
13:41
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Tripping against  Michael Frolik
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 28TOI: 40:00
Saves: 26EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 5 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 29TOI: 59:08
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .862SH: 4 - 4