Senators get past luckless Panthers

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Updated: November 9, 2013

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Clarke MacArthur’s second-period power-play
goal was the difference, and Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots as Ottawa clipped
Florida, 3-2, in a Saturday matinee.

Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad tallied early for the Senators, who have won
three straight after losing five in a row.

“I thought the way we played today was a pretty solid effort,” said Senators
head coach Paul MacLean. “Robin gave us another good game in net, we kept the
shots under 30 which certainly gives our goalies an opportunity to play well.”

Nick Bjugstad and Marcel Goc supplied offense for the Panthers, who skidded to
their eighth consecutive defeat.

Tim Thomas ended up with 29 saves in the loss.

Goc deflected a Matt Gilroy blast by Lehner, cutting Florida’s deficit to 3-2
just past the midway point of the third period, but the visitors came no
closer.

The Panthers failed to net an equalizer with a pair of late-game power plays
and Thomas was sent to the bench for an extra skater with only 37 seconds
remaining to no avail.

Florida dropped seven in succession before firing head coach Kevin Dineen and
his assistants on Friday and naming Peter Horachek interim coach, but the
shake up did little to spark the Panthers in the short term.

Ottawa struck twice in a 19-second span early in the contest. Turris tipped in
a Bobby Ryan feed from the right-wing boards with 1:45 on the clock, and
Zibanejad capitalized on a Panthers turnover deep in the offensive zone and
put back his own rebound at 2:04.

“At this level, when you put yourself behind the eight-ball that early in the
game, especially on unforced errors, the results won’t be good,” Horachek
noted.

Bjugstad halved Florida’s deficit two minutes later by taking the puck from
behind the net and beating Lehner with a stuffer.

MacArthur restored the Sens’ two-goal edge on a power play before six minutes
elapsed in the second period when he one-timed an Erik Karlsson feed home from
the right circle.

Game Notes

Ottawa has beaten Florida in 10 of the last 12 meetings since the start of the
2010-11 season … Turris stretched his point streak to a career-best seven
games, while Ryan extended his point streak to six games … Thomas entered
Saturday’s game with a lifetime record of 23-9-2 against the Senators, with
six shutouts — all for the Boston Bruins.