FLA - NONE OTT - PP - K. Turris (2), K. Turris (3), O'Brien (1), Silfverberg (1)
OTTAWA. (NHL.com) — It may only be two games into the season for the Ottawa Senators, but Kyle Turris is back and raring to go.
Turris scored two goals, while Jim O’Brien and Jakob Silfverberg added two more as Ottawa beat the Florida Panthers 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,952 Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Turris now has three goals in two games, while Silfverberg’s goal was the first of his NHL career..
"You talk about puck management and whenever we did get it, we seemed to give it right back to them. It's pretty tough to chase your tail the whole game which is what we did in the first two periods."
- Head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Role Reversal First: As much jump as the Panthers had in their home opener on Saturday night against the Hurricanes, the script was flipped on them but kept to the book for the team playing in their home opener Monday night. Unfortunately they weren't playing a second home opener. Instead it was the Ottawa Senators who had a dominating first period as evidence by their 18-4 shot differential. Almost half of that (seven) came on the power play as the Panthers allowed three of them in the opening 20 minutes. Ottawa came up with one goal as Kyle Turris scored with a low shot just above the goal line past a well positioned Jose Theodore. If anything, the Panthers were lucky to get out of the first trailing by a 1-0 score.
2. Goaltending Battle: Jose Theodore was tested early and often while Sens goaltender Craig Anderson was tested following the first. On several occasions, the Senators found themselves on breakaways and odd-man rushes and Theodore was up to the challenge until the very end. One rush about midway through the second got the home team a two-goal advantage as Turris crashed the net and finished off a rush by redirecting a Guillaume Latendresse. On the other end of the ice, the former Panther continued to torment his team as he turned aside all 31 shots. He has yet to lose in regulation (8-0-1) against his former team but the Panthers made it a relatively easy 31 stop night as it was usually one and done. Theodore deserved a much better fate for his performance through the first 57 and a half minutes.
3. Chances But Sens Pull Away Late: Florida did find some energy late in the second and throughout the third period as they posted 27 of their shots in the final two periods. They just couldn't find the offense that they had in the season opener. Ottawa put the game away with two goals in the final two and a half minutes to double their 2-0 lead. Jim O'Brien made a nice move around a Panther before firing a shot far side while Jakob Silfverberg recorded the first goal of his NHL career with 1:04 on the clock. It was
Memorable twitter posts from the game.
@Jeannette_Jnet: Super bummed @FlaPanthers lost tonight.Wish I could have watched the game to see what happened.But I'm still believing good things will come
@BRM_4: Feeling depressed... At least tomorrow is another @FlaPanthers gameday...so I don't have to have this feeling for long
@EdgeofAnarch38: Loss today. On to Montreal, boys.
@nlepore12: Sloppy sloppy sloppy #FlaPanthers
@adriyeahnna: Yeah Theodore and who? Like maybe 2 other players! #flapanthers
Memorable fan posts from the game.
Mark Hernandez: That was rough...
Chelsie Mitchell: ugh, i hate the senators so much.. they're always a problem team for us, for some reason...
Enrique Escarra Jr.: Gotta rebound from this in Montreal! Short season..gotta get those W's!!!!!!! Lets go Panthers
Dylan Endlich: We played extremely sloppy. The boys need to get it together. Some close goals though
Thomas Ouillette: Everybody looked like mini mites tonight. Horrible. Theo gave us a chance and they shanked it!
1. The Panthers allowed their first power play goal of the season as Kyle Turris scored with 22 seconds left on their second attempt of the night midway through the first period. It continues to be the only goal the penalty kill has allowed as they killed off two other Ottawa attempts later in the game and have killed off 90%
2. Turris did all the scoring the Senators would need (while they did add two late goals). The Ottawa center recorded the fifth multi-goal game of his career and the Sens first two goals of the game.
5. Defenseman Keaton Ellerby got into a fight in the second period with Ottawa forward Zack Smith after crushing the forward along the boards at the Ottawa blue line. For Ellerby, it was his first fighting major after playing 118 career NHL games.
13. Florida defenseman Brian Campbell is used to playing a lot of minutes. In fact he led the Panthers in TOI once again, skating in 26:41 but he wasn't the player that saw the most ice time as 2011-12 Norris Trophy Winner Erik Karlsson recorded 13 more seconds than Campbell, finishing with 26:54.
18. The Senators came out with a lot of jump as they controlled play in the opening period and threw 18 shots on goal. Jose Theodore was able to stop all but Turris' power play shot.
Recorded all the scoring the Sens would need off a nice low shot in the first and then nicely redirected a shot past Theodore in the second.
The Panthers are right back at it as they are in Montreal on Tuesday night. The Canadiens haven't played since opening up Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. There they were on the wrong end of a 2-1 score as captain Brian Gionta was the only Canadien to beat Leafs netminder Ben Scrivens.