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Panthers Wrap-Up: Senators 3, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 0 0 1
Senators 1 1 1 0 3
FLA - PP - T. Fleischmann (1)
OTT - PP - C. Phillips (1), E. Karlsson (2), J. Spezza (1)

SUNRISE, Fla ( — Goalie Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators continued their mastery of the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Anderson made 25 saves, and Chris Phillips and Erik Karlsson scored as the Senators improved to 3-0 with a 3-1 victory at BB&T Center. Jason Spezza added an empty-netter with 1:15 left.

"It’s really frustrating. We have to get back to the basics. It’s unacceptable right now. I think we have to be in desperation mode now. We need a win and we need one badly."

- Defenseman and captain Ed Jovanovski.
1. On The Board First: With the way the Panthers fell in their last two games, they needed to jump on the board early to build confidence and get the crowd into it. They did that thanks to the power play. With Sergei Gonchar in the box for interference, the Panthers struck quickly as Tomas Fleischmann snapped a shot low on Craig Anderson that got past him just eight seconds into the man advantage.

2. Jose Continues To Stand Tall: Jose Theodore was tested early and he was tested often by the visitors. The Senators threw up 16 shots in the opening 20 minutes and only a long range bomb from defenseman Chris Phillips beat the Panthers netminder. Then in the second, he made an acrobatic save only to see his team not clear the puck and Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson pick off the pass, skate in and roof it over his glove hand. With the game on the line in the third, he was called upon to stop a penalty shot by Guillaume Latendresse and he did so giving his team a chance to tie the game. The Panthers netminder has been on in all three games he's played in but in two of them, he just hasn't gotten the help.

3. Not Able To Convert On Chances: Florida had their chances on the Senators and netminder Craig Anderson. Yes they were limited to 25 shots but they had several quality opportunities to bury the puck and tie the game or take the lead. On one occasion, Alex Kovalev intercepted an Anderson pass and had a wide open net. Instead, Anderson raced back and slid and made the stop. On another one, Kovalev put on some puck handling skills to pull the defense and Anderson out of the net, leaving Scottie Upshall all open with another open net. He put it wide. Jonathan Huberdeau had a fantastic opportunity off a nice offensive move to find himself all alone with Anderson but put the puck into the goalies pads. Chance after chance the Panthers had but they just couldn't bury them. That was the difference as the Sens converted on just one more opportunity as it dropped the Panthers in their third straight loss.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@The5HoleBlog: Solid game for @FlaPanthers #Theodore tonight but the @NHL_Sens found a way to get it done. #Anderson #Karlsson huge again

@CharlesMillar: @FlaPanthers you need to get you act together! You looked so good the first game....what happened?!?

@joanneruimy: Very upset over @FlaPanthers loss. Theo was solid tonight though. Need versteeg and Weiss back ASAP!

@sportschick79: Hockey is not as fun when the @FlaPanthers lose

@greektrash2001: @FlaPanthers look terrible. Sloppy passing and bad defense. At least Theo is being solid in the goal. Get back on the winning wagon.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Stefano Paz: Theodore = awesome. The rest of the team needs to kick it up a notch.

Kristie Cummings: Theodore was the only one on his game tonight...we played sloppy and this is what happens when you play like this...

Roger Engström: That sucks. They need to get into the game! This is a short season and 1 win and 3 losses is not good enough. Get your self together and play like a team next time......

Jay H. Schults: Awful. Three in a row. 11 goals allowed in those three.

Patrick McAvaney: Where's the team that played Saturday night?! No energy! 

4. Picking up an assist on the Panthers lone goal, Brian Campbell registered his team-leading fourth point of the season. All of his points have come via the power play.

6. Both Filip Kuba and Erik Karlsson led the way in blocked shots for their respective teams with six each.

8. It didn't take long for the Panthers to strike on their first power play of the night, eight seconds to be exact as Tomas Fleischmann beat Craig Anderson with a low shot for his first of the season.

22:58. Forward Tomas Fleischmann was a busy man on the ice. Often double-shifted, the lone Panthers goal scorer recorded fifth most ice time Thursday night, third most by a Panther behind just Campbell and Kuba.

35. Jose Theodore was strong between the pipes once again, turning aside 35 Senators shots in the loss. The Panthers back-stop has stopped at least 33 shots in each of the three games he's played in this season

Jose Theodore
Can't fault him for the loss as he made many spectacular saves to keep the Panthers in it. Biggest was most likely the penalty shot with the team down 2-1 in the third.

 37 Shots, 35 Saves, .946 SV%
The Panthers have a practice day before they're back at it with another home contest on Saturday night. There they'll face the Atlantic Division Philadelphia Flyers. There has been a lot of expectations on the Flyers over the past couple of years but it's been a slow start for them, having gone 1-3-0 in their first four games. They did win their latest game, a 2-1 victory over the NY Rangers.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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