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Panthers Wrap-Up: Senators 4, Panthers 3 (OT)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 2 0 3
SENATORS 1 0 2 1 4
FLA - PPG - M. Repik (1), PPG - S. Matthias (6), T. Kopecky (5)

PHX - PPG - C. Neil (4), PPG - D. Alfredsson (10), E. Karlsson (4), B. Butler (3)
OTTAWA, On (AP) - Bobby Butler scored 2:02 into overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 Thursday night for their third straight win.

Daniel Alfredsson scored his 399th goal and had two assists for Ottawa, which gave up leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2.

"We had a tough loss at home. You play hard, you don’t win the thing, so what do you do, you get ready for the next one here and we’ve got our hands full with a confident team."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen to the Miami Herald
1. Injuries Continue To Pile Up: When will the injuries stop? Florida entered the game with six forwards out due to various injuries. Among them were Scottie Upshall, Marcel Goc, Jack Skille, Sean Bergenheim, Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm. The last four were lost in the previous three games. Looks like another forward was added to the list, at least for most of the game against the Senators and it might be the biggest loss to date. Centering the team's top line which has produced at a feverish pace all season, Stephen Weiss went out of the game early (6 shifts, 3:03 time on ice) with an upper body injury. The Panthers can not afford another injury to their forward corp let alone their top line center for an extended period of time. Defenseman Keaton Ellerby suffered a scare in the second as he was run into by the Senators Nick Foligno as he was falling to the ice while trying to make a move behind the Panthers net.

2. Scoring On The Man Advantage: In what was a closely contested affair, it was the team's power play units that did most of the damage. Ottawa didn't take long to get on the board on their first power play chance. Chris Neil deflected home a Erik Karlsson point shot just 14 seconds into a Shawn Matthias tripping penaly. After two missed opportunities earlier in the game, the Panthers used the five-minute charging call on Foligno (off the hit on Ellerby) to knot the game at one. Called up Wednesday, Michal Repik put home the double deflection off his skate for his first of the season with 1:24 left on the major penalty. It went to video review to determine if Repik had kicked the puck into the net but the goal was upheld. In the third, Ottawa used their second power play chance to regain the lead as Daniel Alfredsson scored off a miscomunication behind the Scott Clemmensen and the Panthers defense. Florida answered with their second power play goal of the game 1:27 later as Shawn Matthias beat Craig Anderson with a nice shot from the face-off circle. Florida finished 2-for-5 on the power play while Ottawa was a perfect 2-for-2.

3. Comeback Nets A Point: Ottawa didn't waste any time after Matthias' goal to retake the lead as Karlsson scored on a point shot the very next shift. With the Panthers running out of time and pressing for the equalizer, head coach Kevin Dineen decided to pull Clemmensen for the extra attacker. The moved paid off as Kris Versteeg got the puck on his stick near the goal line and found a crashing Tomas Kopecky. The Panthers forward outwaited Anderson for an opening and then slammed the puck to the back of the net with 1:12 remaining on the clock. It was the second game of the season against Ottawa that Florida tied the game in the last 90 seconds. This time, they netted a point as the score remained tied at three after 60 minutes of play. The Cats had a chance to win it in overtime but an attempted pass by Bobby Butler went in off of Brian Campbell just 2:02 into overtime. Three different times the Panthers were down and three different times they came back to tie it. It was a well deserved point for the visitors.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@reillymoore: I would say the #FlaPanthers can't keep settling for 1 point, but they're in first place, so I won't. But I'm thinking it. And I'm right.

@k4emb: Despite the loss, these Cats have nine lives! #FlaPanthers #ComebackCats

@Weinsteinlaw: Hate to lose in OT but good to get a point on the road after coming back 3 times & scoring with a minute left. #FlaPanthers

@Ewener: Injuries and all #FlaPanthers comeback and EARN a point! #roadwarriors #WeStillSeeRed

@CochinoChuy: I'm really getting tired of saying "Well at least we got a point" but this one, I'm okay with saying it. #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Phillip Diorio: Well happy to get a point, guys fought back hard. Can't blame clemmer for the gwg, thats a tough one.

Lynnette Porterfield Violette: As always I'm proud to be a Panthers fan and I'm glad we kept playing hard. And I hope our injured guys get well soon. ;)

Gregory Cordero: Great effort overall.. a bad deflection goes in..

Bret Carpenter: I'll say this panthers teams of the past would not have gotten a point very happy we at least did that =)


2. Both Florida and Ottawa found success on the power play. Each team recorded two power play goals on the night. The game's first four goals in fact came via the man advantage.

3. Three different times the Panthers trailed by a goal to the Ottawa Senators and three different times they came back to tie it. The last goal by Tomas Kopecky garnered the Panthers a point.

4. Florida outshot Ottawa by a 35-26 margin. It was a team effort as all but four skaters (including Stephen Weiss) failed to record a shot. Leading the way with four shots each were Tim Kennedy, Shawn Matthias and Kris Versteeg.

Ottawa scored early on their first power play of the game, recording the game's first goal just 14 seconds into the penalty.

It was a hectic 2:05 in the third period as the two teams combined for three goals almost midway through the third period. Daniel Alfredsson scored a power play goal 7:38 in. Shawn Matthias responded with a power play goal at the 9:05 mark. Erik Karlsson answered the Panthers tally 38 seconds later.
Erik Karlsson
The young Senators blueliner was the main reason for three of their goals, setting up the first one, giving them the lead on their third and was driving to the net on the game-winner that went off Brian Campbell's skate.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Shots, +2
Florida plays one more game before the Christmas break and they'll look to get over Ottawa's final score quickly as they play for the second night in a row against the Boston Bruins. Boston will be well rested as they last played on Monday where they beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. Boston holds the second best record in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-9-1 (45 points) and will look to avenge a 2-0 victory by the Panthers back on December 8.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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