OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators had a different look Wednesday night, but the end result was a familiar one.
Craig Anderson turned aside 41 shots and former Senators forward Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-1 win over listless Ottawa. Roestislav Olesz and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, while Anderson was sensational - particularly in the third period, when he turned aside all 26 shots he faced. That broke the Senators' previous record for shots in a period (25), set in the first period of a 5-2 win over Phoenix on March 21, 2001.
Daniel Alfredsson had the lone goal for the Senators as Gerber faced 21 shots.
Looking to shake up his team, Craig Hartsburg mixed his lines heading into the game - but the Senators (2-3-1) appeared bewildered right from the start. The Panthers (3-3-0) took advantage, scoring on their second shot as Martin Gerber lost sight of the puck during a scramble in front of the crease. Rostislav Olesz was credited for the goal.
The Panthers made it 2-0 at the five-minute mark as Horton beat Gerber with a quick shot over the left shoulder, leaving the 18,952 on hand at Scotiabank Place with little to cheer about.
Ottawa looked to finally turn things around late in the period as they believed they had scored on the power play, but the goal was disallowed after Alfredsson deflected the puck with a high stick.
Florida outshot the hosts 11-3 in the first period.
The Senators finally scored on a man advantage early in the second as Alfredsson jammed the puck between Anderson's legs. Ottawa finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play, while Florida was 0-for-4.
Stillman made it 3-1 midway through the second, sneaking the puck past Gerber on the short side.
Ottawa dominated the third period - outshooting the Panthers 26-3 - but Anderson was outstanding. The Senators had a great opportunity in the dying minutes when David Booth was handed a double-minor for high sticking, but once again Anderson was solid, robbing Vermette with a great glove save.
The Senators host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday in a rematch of the 2007 Stanley Cup final.
Notes: The Senators assigned D Brian Lee to the AHL's Binghamton Senators. ... RW Shean Donovan was a healthy scratch. RW Christoph Schubert played his first game of the regular season. ... Ottawa saw its streak of 39 consecutive sellouts come to an end Wednesday. ... The Panthers are without D Bryan Allen (knee, day-to-day), D Bryan McCabe (lower back, out indefinitely), C Anthony Stewart and RW Wade Belak were healthy scratches.