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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Senators 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 1 0 2
Senators 1 0 0 0 1
FLA - M. Goc (5), PP - D. Kulikov (2)
OTT - C. Conacher (10)

SUNRISE, Fla —  SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Sunday night that sent the Senators to their fourth straight loss.

Kulikov's wrist shot from top of the left circle beat Craig Anderson while Sergei Gonchar was serving a holding penalty.

"That’s the best part about Clem, he sits for that number of games, and not play for a while and step in and have a great game. He really kept us in the game, he stopped (40 shots) and really got this team jump started."

- Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson on the play of goaltender Scott Clemmensen.
1. Tough Sledding: Playing their second game in two days and with the Senators having the day of rest, Ottawa came out buzzing. They held control for a long period of stretches throughout the game but none more than the opening two periods where they kept the Panthers pinned in their own zone and outshot the Cats 11-6 and 14-4 in the two periods. Ottawa got on the board 12:26 in as Cory Conacher finished off a nice passing play from Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad for the rookie's first of the 10th of the season.

2. Clemmensen Shines: Despite all that pressure by the Senators, the Panthers got great goaltending from netminder Scott Clemmensen, who was seeing his first real action (played in 52 seconds Saturday night) since March 23, over two weeks ago. On several occasions, Clemmensen came up with the big save, including stops on forward Kyle Turris. None better was than his stop on the Ottawa forward with 4:11 to play in the second period. Left all alone in front of the net, Turris had Clemmensen off his feet after the feed from Guillaume Latendresse found him from behind the net. Clemmensen spun and made the kick save, keeping the game tied at one. The play went to review but replays showed that he kept the puck from crossing the goal line entirely. The netminder continued to shine in the third with a period-high 16 Sens shots.

3. Rally For The Win: Clemmensen did everything in his power to earn the Cats the victory keeping the puck out of the net and the Panthers offense gave him just enough in beating former netminder Craig Anderson. The Sens netminder has been a thorn in Florida's side since leaving he organization, holding a 9-0-1 record heading into the game. Florida tied the game at one 1:08 into the second as Marcel Goc tipped Tomas Fleischmann's point shot past Anderson. Then with Florida on their only power play of the game, Dmitry Kulikov took the feed from Jonathan Huberdeau, used an Ottawa player as a screen and wristed the shot top shelf with 9:14 to play. That's all Clemmensen would need to earn Florida's fourth win in the last five games.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@_DaraRoss: I love leaving the @thebbtcenter after a panthers win! Clemmers was the man!

@SouthernShotz: It's been a great 48 hours being a @FlaPanthers fan! #RedHope

@reece_freebairn: The Panthers won!!!!! Yes Kulikov!!!!! #7 #RedRising #pantherscomeback @FlaPanthers

@A_Deeter: Great game Panthers! The rats are falling again in South Florida @FlaPanthers

@Haydn760: Great effort by the #flapanthers as clemmer closes the door for the win (the first win on the 2nd of back2backs this season)

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Thomas Ouillette: Wow. Nice. Kulikov, "I don't always score goals, but when I do, they're game winners! Stay thirsty my friends."

Tyler Blue: Awesome job Clemmenson!

Lourdes Armengol: Clemmenson did a great job tonight!!!

Joe Fiore: Best birthday party ever at the BB&T Center.

Alejandro Hernandez: Scott "THE Wall" Clemmensen, good game boys!!!!

1. The Panthers have had limited success against their former netminder, Craig Anderson. In fact, the victory was just Florida's second overall, first in regulation against Anderson as he had a 9-01 with a 1.89 GAA and .941 save percentage heading into Sunday's game.

Just call him Mr. GW. Dmitry Kulikov recorded his second goal of the season and both have been game-winners. The first came eight days ago as his OT game-winner helped Florida beat the Devils. This one came with 9:14 to play in regulation.

Panthers enforcer George Parros dropped the gloves 5:54 into the second period against Ottawa tough guy Matt Kassian. It was Parros' eighth fight in a Panther uniform, his last coming on April 2 against Tampa's Radko Gudas. With the five minutes added to his total, Parros sits just four penalty minutes away from 1,000 for his NHL career.

Both forward Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau recorded points (assists) on the night, helping improve their status as second and first on the team in that category. For Huberdeau, it kept him two points ahead of Ottawa's Cory Conacher in the NHL scoring race for rookies.

In one of those interesting stats, Florida recorded their fifth win of the season (5-1) when allowing at least 40 shots on net. The last time they won while giving up at least 40 shots came last Tuesday when Tampa recorded 41 shots in regulation and overtime before Florida won in the shootout thanks to Jacob Markstrom..

Scott Clemmensen
Was on from the very beginning and none of his season-high 40 saves were better than his second period pad save to keep Kyle Turris off the score sheet.

41 Shots, 40 Saves, .976 SV%
Florida will have three days off before next playing again. When they do, they'll travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets for the last time with the teams in the same division as ext season Winnipeg will shift to the Western Conference. Florida has picked up points in each of the first four meetings this season, going 2-0-2 in the season series. Winnipeg, who is currently fighting with the Capitals for the Southeast Division lead. Winnipeg will play Buffalo on Tuesday. In their last game, they downed the Flyers 4-1 on Saturday, scoring all four of their goals in the second period. Captain Andrew Ladd leads the way offensively with 34 points in 40 games and there's currently a three-way tie among the team lead in goals as Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane have 14 goals a piece. Ondrej Pavelec has a .904 save percentage and 2.82 GAA in 36 games played (16-18-2).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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