missed out on his first NHL hat trick. That was about all that went wrong for the Ottawa Senators
on Thursday night.
Greening scored twice in the second period and the Senators completed a season sweep of the Florida Panthers with a 4-1 victory Thursday night. It was the first two-goal outing for Greening, who was playing in his 22nd NHL game after spending most of the season at AHL Binghamton.
"That was fantastic," Greening said. "It's my first multiple-goal game. It's nice to get two goals. I can't really describe the feeling."
Nick Foligno and Filip Kuba also scored for the Senators, who have won six in a row against Florida dating to last season. Marek Svatos had a pair of assists and Craig Anderson made 37 saves to improve to 9-4-1 since being acquired in a trade with Colorado in February.
Anderson, a backup for two seasons with Florida, beat his former team for the third time since joining the Senators. He has allowed only one goal in each game.
"It doesn't matter who you play," Anderson said. "It just happens to be a team I used to play for. It's just important for us to build something."
Michal Repik scored for the Panthers, whose season-high losing streak stretched to seven games.
Scott Clemmensen, starting in goal with Tomas Vokoun sidelined by a back injury, stopped 19 shots.
"Disappointing effort," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said after his team dropped behind Ottawa into last place in the Eastern Conference. "We haven't had many of them, but that's one for sure. We got beat in a lot of different areas on the ice. Our best players weren't good, from the goalie to the first line to our leading scorer to anybody. It was a rotten game." Both teams have 77 points, although the Senators have three more regulation victories (28-25).
Greening's first goal at 2:30 of the second period gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead. After a battle along the boards, the puck slid over to Greening, who put a wrister over Clemmensen's left shoulder.
After Repik made it 2-1 at 6:02, Greening answered 34 seconds later, taking a no-look passout from Svatos just outside the crease and beating Clemmensen with a wrist shot.
Less than a minute later, Greening took a feed from Jason Spezza with Clemmensen totally out of position -- only to have his tap-in hit the back of Svatos.
"I kind of whiffed on the puck a little bit," Greening said. "I thought it was going in the net, but there were like three bodies in front of the net and I remember looking at everybody's pants, and I was like, 'Please fall, so I can whack it in.' But it didn't end up going in. The guys were joking, they were like, 'I guess you didn't want it.' It wasn't a lack of passion, it was a lack of scoring."
Greening had another good scoring chance in the third period, but Clemmensen made a nice leg save off a wrist shot and then stopped the rebound attempt.
"He played well," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "It was a real good game for him. He had the hat trick on his stick, I'm not sure how he didn't bury it. I thought he did a real good job offensively, but I thought as well he did a good job defensively."
Kuba made it 4-1 at 14:24 of the second with his first goal in 60 games this season. He beat Clemmensen with a slap over the left shoulder from the top of the right circle.
"It's been a long time," said Kuba, who had three goals each of the last two seasons. "I'm happy that I scored, but one goal is not making a season a lot better anyway. When you can score four goals, it's great, but I don't think we played a really good game. But it counts as two points."
Material from wire services was used in this report