SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators pursues Brian Campbell #51 of the Florida Panthers as he clears the puck from behind the net on February 15, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Senators defeated the Panthers 6-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Florida Panthers 4, Ottawa Senators 2, Final

Florida looks to win against the Ottawa Senators for the first time in ten tries, tonight at the Bank Atlantic Center.

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Florida Panthers 4, Ottawa Senators 2, Final

At 6:00, Florida took to the ice in their Sunday Powder Blue Happy Cat alternate third uniform. They greeted the Ottawa Senators, they of four All-Star game starters. Erik Gudbranson was a healthy scratch after a few substandard performances. The Senators had beaten the Panthers nine times in a row, a streak that went back to January 9th of 2010, when the Cats won, 3-0.

First Period:

Ottawa earned the first power play of the night when Sean Bergenheim was called for tripping Rob Klinkhammer halfway through the first period. At this time, the officials halted play long enough to smooth out a gauge in the ice near Jose Theodore’s goal. The Panthers did not allow a shot during the penalty kill, clearing the puck out three times.

Ottawa would get on the board first at the 13 minute mark when Jared Cowen laced one through traffic to beat Theodore low. The goal was Cowen’s fifth of the season and of his career. Kyle Turris assisted on the play.

With one and a half minutes to play in the period Chris Neil potted his 11th of the season.

Second Period:

Marcel Goc popped a Mike Weaver shot over rookie goaltender Robin Lehner for his seventh goal of the season less than a minute into the second, breathing new life into the Panthers. It was Weaver’s 15th assist, his career high. Tomas Kopecky also earned an assist on the play.

At the three minute mark, Krys Barch found himself all alone on a breakaway chance in front of Lehner. He skated in, waited for the goalie to commit, then flipped it over the prone rookie to get the Cats even. It was Barch’s second of the season and only the 12th of his six season career. Jack Skille assisted, as did Mike Weaver with his second in two minutes.

Ed Jovanovski was slapped in the face by by Chris Neil’s stick as he was trying to swat the puck away from the net. It looked like he dinked his head on the crossbar, and didn’t look so good afterward. Neil was given a four minute double minor for high-sticking.

It took the Panthers one minute to score with the man advantage, as Mikael Samuelsson scored his ninth goal of the season on a Brian Campbell cross-ice special. Stephen Weiss picked up an assist as well. It was Campbell’s 40th assist of the season, a mark Campbell has only reached on three prior occasions, the latest when he picked up 45 with the Chicago Black Hawks in 2008-09.

The goal was scored early enough in the power play that the Senators were forced to stay on the penalty kill for a full two minutes afterward, but the Panthers did not threaten to score again.

Jason Spezza was called for cross checking Mike Weaver with less than 20 seconds remaining in a little extra activity more than 100-feet from the puck.

Third Period:

The last frame started out with the Panthers on a continuation of the previous power play, but nothing would come of it.

The teams combined for five shots through the first 11 minutes of the period. The Panthers went on their third power play of the night when Erik Karlsson tried to trip Stephen Weiss with nine minutes remaining. Play was halted when Milan Michalek lost one blade. The Panthers only managed one shot on goal for the two minute duration.

Erik Karlsson drew another penalty on a dirty hit on Sean Bergenheim with six mintues left. They called it slashing, but it looked like he was trying to break Bergenheim’s leg.

Jason Garrison was called for interference on Jim O’Brien 37 seconds into the power play, making the action four on four, ending with a short power play for the Senators.

Jack Skille provided a little insurance, doubling the Florida lead by scoring his fourth goal of the season. Skille flipped it past Robin Lehner as he skated across the goalmouth with under two minutes remaining in the game.

Hits: Panthers 41-32 (Sean Bergenheim led Florida with five, Rob Klinkhammer had seven for the Senators)

Blocked Shots: Panthers 23-7 (Tyson Strachan has four for Florida, Erik Karlsson led Ottawa with two)

Faceoffs: Panthers 26-23 (Zenon Konopka has won eight-of-12 for the Sens, Marcel Goc was nine-for-14 for the Cats)

Shots on Goal: Panthers 28-25 (Chris Neil and Kyle Turris led the Senators with four, Marcel Goc led the Panthers with five)

Score: Florida 4, Ottawa 2

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Florida Panthers 3, Ottawa Senators 2, Second Intermission

Marcel Goc popped a Mike Weaver shot over rookie goaltender Robin Lehner for his seventh goal of the season less than a minute into the second, breathing new life into the Panthers. It was Weaver’s 15th assist, his career high. Tomas Kopecky also earned an assist on the play.

At the three minute mark, Krys Barch found himself all alone on a breakaway chance in front of Lehner. He skated in, waited for the goalie to commit, then flipped it over the prone rookie to get the Cats even. It was Barch’s second of the season and only the 12th of his six season career. Jack Skille assisted, as did Mike Weaver with his second in two minutes.

Ed Jovanovski was slapped in the face by by Chris Neil’s stick as he was trying to swat the puck away from the net. It looked like he dinked his head on the crossbar, and didn’t look so good afterward. Neil was given a four minute double minor for high-sticking.

It took the Panthers one minute to score with the man advantage, as Mikael Samuelsson scored his ninth goal of the season on a Brian Campbell cross-ice special. Stephen Weiss picked up an assist as well. It was Campbell’s 40th assist of the season, a mark Campbell has only reached on three prior occasions, the latest when he picked up 45 with the Chicago Black Hawks in 2008-09.

The goal was scored early enough in the power play that the Senators were forced to stay on the penalty kill for a full two minutes afterward, but the Panthers did not threaten to score again.

Jason Spezza was called for cross checking Mike Weaver with less than 20 seconds remaining in a little extra activity more than 100-feet from the puck.

Hits: Panthers 31-24 (Krys Barch and Jack Skille lead Florida with four, Rob Klinkhammer had six for the Senators)

Blocked Shots: Panthers 15-5 (Tyson Strachan has four for Florida)

Faceoffs: Panthers 20-14 (Zenon Konopka has won five-of-eight for the Sens, Marcel Goc is 7-for-11 for the Cats)

Shots on Goal: Panthers 23-20 (Chris Neil and Kyle Turris lead the Senators with four, Marcel Goc also has four for the Cats)

Score: Florida 3, Ottawa 2

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Ottawa Senators 2, Florida Panthers 0, First Intermission

Ottawa earned the first power play of the night when Sean Bergenheim was called for tripping Rob Klinkhammer halfway through the first period. At this time, the officials halted play long enough to smooth out a gauge in the ice near Jose Theodore’s goal. The Panthers did not allow a shot during the penalty kill, clearing the puck out three times.

Ottawa would get on the board first at the 13 minute mark when Jared Cowen laced one through traffic to beat Theodore low. The goal was Cowen’s fifth of the season and of his career. Kyle Turris assisted on the play.

With one and a half minutes to play in the period Chris Neil potted his 11th of the season.

Hits: Panthers 17-11 (Krys Barch led Florida with four, Rob Klinkhammer had three for the Senators)

Blocked Shots: Panthers 9-1 (Shawn Matthias has two for Florida)

Faceoffs: Panthers 7-6 (Jason Spezza has won two-of-six for the Sens, Jerred Smithson three-of-four for the Cats)

Shots on Goal: Senators 12-8 (Kyle Turris leads everyone with four, nobody else has more than one)

Score: Ottawa 2, Panthers 0

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Florida Panthers Host Ottawa Senators: Injury Report And Starting Lineups

Florida Panthers:

Injuries:


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Matt Bradley other-excused 02/20/2012
Scottie Upshall sports-hernia 01/25/2012
Dmitry Kulikov knee 01/22/2012

Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Sean Bergenheim - Stephen Weiss - Mikael Samuelsson

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Wojtek Wolski

Shawn Matthias - Mike Santorelli - Tomas Kopecky

Krys Barch - Jerred Smithson - Jack Skille

Defensemen:

Brian Campbell - Erik Gudbranson

Jason Garrison - Mike Weaver

Keaton Ellerby - Tyson Strachan

Goalie:

Jose Theodore will start in net tonight for the Panthers.

Ottawa Senators:

Injuries:


Ottawa Senators Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jesse Winchester concussion 12/21/2011
Peter Regin shoulder 12/21/2011
Craig Anderson fingers 02/23/2012

Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler

Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson

Nick Foligno - Jim O'Brien - Chris Neil

Zenon Konopka - Zach Smith - Erik Condra

Defensemen:

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar

Chris Phillips - Matt Gilroy

Goalie:

The Senators will start Robin Lehner for the fourth straight game tonight. The rookie has never faced the Panthers.

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Ottawa Senators Visit Florida Panthers: Facts And Figures

Common Thread:

Senators defenseman Filip Kuba played in 18 games for the Panthers over two seasons from 1998-2000. He scored one goal and six assists with a minus-one rating and two penalty minutes.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson played in 53 games over three seasons for the Panthers, going 24-14-7 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA. Anderson is fourth on Florida’s all-time list with five shutouts in goal.

The Senator’s other goalie, Alex Auld, also logged time with Florida, playing 27 games in 2006-07. He went 7-13-5 with an .888 save percentage and a 3.34 GAA.

Team Milestones:
Goals:

Tomas Fleischmann currently has 20 goals, and will move into a tie with Jason Garrison in 49th with his next. Kris Versteeg sits in 48th, with 22.
Shawn Matthias moves past Mike Van Ryn into 45th with his next goal, number 26.
Mike Santorelli moves into a tie for 37th with Niklas Hagman if goal number 30 happens tonight.
Ed Jovanovski will tie Richard Zednik in 32nd with his 32nd goal.
Two more goals for Stephen Weiss will move him into a tie for fourth with Nathan Horton, at 142.

Assists:
Brian Campbell’s 40th assist will tie him in 49th with Terry Carkner.
Ed Jovanovski’s next assist will give him 61, moving him past Dave Lowry into 28th.

Team Leaders:
Games:

Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann – 64

Goals:
Kris Versteeg – 22
Tomas Fleischmann – 20
Stephen Weiss – 16

Assists:
Brian Campbell – 39
Stephen Weiss – 30
Kris Versteeg – 27

Points:
Kris Versteeg – 49
Tomas Fleischmann, Stephen Weiss – 46

Plus/Minus:
Jason Garrison, Stephen Weiss – plus-6
Mikael Samuelsson, Tyson Strachan, Kris Versteeg, Marcel Goc – plus-2

Point Shares:
Jose Theodore – 7.1
Brian Campbell – 6.7
Jason Garrison – 6.6
Kris Versteeg – 6.2
Tomas Fleischmann – 5.4
Stephen Weiss – 5.2

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Ottawa Senators Visit Florida Panthers: Game 65 Preview

Florida looks to win against the Ottawa Senators for the first time in ten tries, tonight at the Bank Atlantic Center.

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