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Senators Net Three In Second Period, Ottawa Leads Florida, 4-1

The Panthers started the second period like they started their first, collecting the first seven shots on goal in the first two minutes.

Again, like in the first, the Senators notched a marker first. Kaspars Daugavins (4) beat Clemmensen between the pads with assists from Brian Lee and Erik Condra at the five minute mark.

Bobby Butler (6) doubled the Ottawa lead just two minutes later as Bobby Butler redirected a pass from Milan Michalek around Clemmensen to make it 3-1. Jason Spezza also earned an assist on the play.

Matt Bradley and Zach Smith dropped the gloves at the eight minute mark. After a few haymakers, Bradley pulled Smith down, ending it, an apparent draw. Each participant was assessed a five-minute fighting penalty.

Chris Phillips was assessed an interference penalty on Mikael Samuelsson at the 12 minute mark putting the Cats up a man. He was joined just under two minutes later by Sergei Gonchar who was called for high sticking Brian Campbell. After an 11 second five on three, Phillips rejoined the action on the ice. Daniel Alfredsson (20) charged up the ice and scored a shorthanded goal with an assist awarded to Daugavins.

After allowing all four goals on Ottawa’s first 16 shots, Clemmensen was pulled in favor of Jose Theodore with six minutes remaining in the period.

At the 17 minute mark, the Senators were awarded their first power play of the evening when Stephen Weiss was called for slashing Nick Foligno, but the penalty ended without further damage incurred to any comeback chances for the Panthers.

Hits: Panthers, 27-16

Blocked Shots: Panthers, 10-6

Faceoffs: Panthers, 23-18

Shots on Goal: Panthers, 31-19

Score: Senators 4, Panthers 1

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