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Rostislav Olesz scores twice to lead Panthers past slumping Senators 3-0

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OTTAWA - Rostislav Olesz scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers past the slumping Ottawa Senators 3-0 Saturday.

Nathan Horton also scored for Florida, who came to Ottawa looking to end a three-game roadtrip with at least one win.

They got it against a Sens team who have lost three games in a row and are heading out for a five-game roadtrip.

The first period seemed to be a struggle for both teams.

Despite two early power-play opportunities the Panthers managed just two shots on goals. The Senators weren't much better as they had one shot on goal on their first power play and failed to get a shot on Tomas Vokoun in the second.

The Panthers managed to end the period with a 1-0 lead after Horton picked up a big rebound and beat Brian Elliott high glove side.

Things didn't get much better in the second as Elliott allowed two bad goals, reinforcing Ottawa's goaltending woes.

On the first Elliott made a bad pass behind the net and never managed to get back in position as Olesz had the whole left side of the net. On the second Elliott mishandled a wrist shot by Olesz which then slipped into the net.

The Senators also lost Jesse Winchester with what appears to be an injury to his right knee after a collision with Keith Ballard. Winchester fell awkwardly and was in severe pain afterwards. He injured the same knee in training camp this season.

Filip Kuba left early in the third period with an upper-body injury and didn't return.

Vokoun faced 24 shots for the shutout, while Eliott made 16 saves.

Notes: The Senators were without RW Daniel Alfredsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Jason Spezza (knee, indefinite), LW Milan Michalek (upper body, indefinite). D Alexandre Picard and RW Shean Donovan were a healthy scratch. The Panthers were without LW Kenndal McArdle (arm, indefinite), D Dmitry Kulikov (knee, indefinite), LW David Booth (concussion, indefinite).

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