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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 72 — Panthers vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

5:30 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.

3:45 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to the team's top bracketologist, Eric Gryba, about March Madness. Take a look...

2:15 PM: Kyle Turris offered his thoughts ahead of tonight's game with the Panthers. Here's what he had to say...

On coming off a win:

It should give us more jump, it's always exciting when you're coming off a win. We played well last night and we're happy with the result and now we've got to keep it going.

On the key to last night's win:

I think we played all-around a good game. We were smart at times, we killed the penalties we had to, we had lots of offensive opportunities, Lehner played great. It was just a collective great team effort and now we've got to follow it up.

On the determination:

We talked about it before that everybody wanted to be determined to win their individual battles as well as the big team battle. That obviously went a long way.

On the disparity in power plays:

It feels like that has been going on for a while. There are obviously some penalties we need to be smarter about, whether that means being in better position or just be smarter. At the same time we feel there are some calls that shouldn't have been called or some calls that we get called for that they didn't for doing the same thing. It's a combination of both and we have to mentally fight through it. We don't agree with the call but we can be smarter on certain calls as well.

On last night's apology from the officials:

It's nice that they're one group that did apologize, it feels like there could have been a few this year that should have apologized. Calling Karl for a trip on a textbook hit, the call on Methot when he got called for pushing a guy in the face. If that's a penalty, sure that's a penalty, but I remember one where Brown did that to Karl behind the net and there was no call. It's that kind of frustration where yeah, maybe we took a penalty but they also did the same thing and didn't get called later in the game. Stuff like that, like I said, we have to fight through mentally and when that does happen not worry about it. At the same time it's nice they apologized for once.

On if they are more abrasive with officials than other teams:

I don't think we've helped ourselves at times, I think that's part of the frustration building is taking it out on officials whether it's warranted or not. That's something we've talked about, we have to lay off them and find a way to gain their respect more than we have.

On Wiercioch potentially returning:

I think it has been really tough, it has been really hard for him. He has been a great professional about it. He's a guy that's very competitive and wants to play every night, but he's worked hard, he's continued to be himself, be a pro. I think he's real happy to get in tonight and real excited, he's going to bring a lot to the game.

On the Panthers:

They're going to be battling, we're going to have to bring the same compete level we had last night and play our game. That's what we're more worried about right now is playing our game and getting back to the way we know we can, re-establishing our identity. We pre-scout them and respect what they do but I think we're worried about what we do.

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators complete a back-to-back tonight when they take on the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center at 7:30 PM.

The Senators are coming off of a 4-3 shootout win in Tampa Bay last night. Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris were the goal scorers while Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots and went perfect in the shootout to earn the win over the Lightning.

The Panthers have put together a record of 26-38-8 in 72 games this season including a 13-15-5 mark at home. Their 60 points this season puts them second from the bottom in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. In their last game they dropped a 6-2 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim.

The Senators are 2-1-0 in three games against Florida this season.

The team will hold an off-ice workout in Sunrise today and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV content, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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