Ottawa manages to get back to winning in Florida
It’s finally over.
The Ottawa Senators stopped a seven-game, two-and-a-half week slide by edging the Florida Panthers 5-4 before 11,289 at Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
After taking a two-goal lead early in the game it looked like the Senators might cruise to the win with ease, but it took the full 60 minutes to decide this one.
Ottawa forward Randy Robitaille broke out of a 13-game scoring drought with two goals. Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno contributed to the cause with a goal and an assist. It was Fisher’s first goal in 14 games. Jason Spezza notched his first power-play goal of the season and picked up an assist. Daniel Alfredsson and Joe Corvo had a pair of assists.
Olie Jokinen, the Panthers’ leading scorer, had two goals and an assist. Steve Montador also had a three-point night for Florida with a goal and two assists. David Booth had a goal and Nathan Horton picked up two assists for Florida.
After Ottawa (17-7-3) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on five shots, Florida head coach Jacques Martin yanked starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun, replacing him with Craig Anderson. The move worked as Florida came back to tie the game later in the period.
Ottawa scored the only goal of the second period with Foligno’s third tally of the season for a 3-2 lead.
The Panthers (12-15-1) had a great chance to tie the game three minutes into the third period when Kamil Kreps was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked by Andrej Meszaros. Senators’ goalie Ray Emery kicked out his left pad to protect the Ottawa lead.
Minutes later, the Sens scored on the power play with Spezza’s fifth of the season to regain their two-goal lead.
Booth and Robitaille traded goals five minutes apart, making the score 5-3 with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Jokinen notched his second of the game at 19:45.