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Weiss' OT goal gives Panthers win over Senators

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Stephen Weiss listened to some advice he's been hearing all season, and it paid off.

Weiss scored with 10 seconds left in overtime as the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Monday night.

After a turnover by the Senators, Weiss moved in across the blue line and took a shot that deflected off the outstretched stick of defenseman Chris Phillips and past goalie Alex Auld. It was only the third goal of the season for Weiss, who scored 20 in 2006-07.

"All year I've been hearing, 'Shoot the puck.' I was just trying to get it at the net," Weiss said.

Nick Boynton, Michal Repik and Jay Bouwmeester scored in regulation for the Panthers and Craig Anderson made 35 saves. Florida improved to 5-1-2 in its last eight games.

Chris Kelly, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza had goals for the Senators, giving Ottawa a lead each time. Auld stopped 36 shots, but the one he didn't get in overtime weighed on his mind.

"It's annoying to lose with that little time left. It would have been nice to stop that one," Auld said. "We knew what this team was all about. They work extremely hard and they put a lot of pressure on us. We had the lead a few times and let it slip away, but to lose like that with, I don't know how many seconds left, that's no fun."

In the other NHL games Monday night, it was: Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3; Buffalo 4, Pittsburgh 3; Toronto 4, N.Y. Islanders 2; and St. Louis 6, Nashville 3.

In Ottawa, Bouwmeester drew Florida even for the third straight time with a power-play goal midway through the second period.

Repik scored in his NHL debut earlier in the period to tie it at 2, and Nick Boynton drew the Panthers even at 1 with his third goal 11 1/2 minutes into the game.

"That shows a lot of character," Weiss said. "This is a tough building to play in. They're a good hockey club, especially when you get down, they're tough to come back on and to get those goals right away after gave us a lot of jump."

The Senators, 4-1-3 in their last eight games, had a great opportunity to gain the lead for a fourth time late in the second, yet failed to convert on a two-man advantage that lasted the final 1:29 of the middle period.

Kelly scored his first goal in 15 games to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 7:31 of the first period. Several players slid over a loose puck in the crease before Kelly lunged forward and knocked it into the back of the net. The goal was allowed after a review.

"I wasn't really worried," Kelly said. "The goalie didn't have possession, the net wasn't knocked off and the play wasn't blown down, so there wasn't really much worry."

At Boston, Milan Lucic, Phil Kessel and Michael Ryder scored in the opening 10:46 and the Bruins coasted to their 14th win in 16 games.

Zdeno Chara had a power-play goal in the second period and P.J. Axelsson added an empty-netter to help the Bruins win their fifth straight.

Adam Hall, Vincent Lecavalier and Paul Szczechura scored for the Lightning, who lost their eighth straight.

At Pittsburgh, Thomas Vanek's go-ahead goal, his NHL-best 20th of the season, completed visiting Buffalo's rally from two goals down.

Derek Roy, Ales Kotalik and Daniel Paille also scored for the Sabres, who have won two in a row after losing eight of their previous 10 games.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice and Evgeni Malkin had two assists for Pittsburgh, which has lost consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 28-30.

At Toronto, Jason Blake scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and set up two others as the Maple Leafs ended a three-game losing streak.

Ian White, Nikolai Kulemin and Jeremy Williams also scored for Toronto.

Mike Sillinger and Bill Guerin scored and Joey McDonald stopped 33 shots for the Islanders, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

At St. Louis, B.J. Crombeen scored three goals, including the game-winner with 3:43 to play for the Blues.

Alexander Steen, Patrik Berglund and Brad Boyes also scored for the Blues, who improved to 3-0 against the Predators this season.

Nashville, which had won six of its previous seven road games, got goals from Antti Pihlstrom, Kevin Klein and J.P. Dumont.

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