"We did some of the little things well and that paid off
tonight," Panthers coach Jacques Martin said.
Peter Schaefer and Antoine Vermette scored for Ottawa and Ray
Emery had 32 saves. The loss broke the Senators' five-game winning
streak and was Emery's first defeat in five consecutive starts.
"I don't know if we had high hopes for tonight or not but we
wanted to win," Emery said. "I don't want to take anything away
from them. They played really well and finished us off at the
Luongo fell to the ice after being struck by a puck on the right
arm just above the blocker with 9:08 left in the third, but stayed
in the game.
The Panthers scored twice in the first two minutes of the third
period to stretch their lead to 5-1. Gelinas took a pass from Olli
Jokinen to the right of the crease and scored at 31 seconds in.
Horton weaved through traffic in front of the net and beat Emery on
the stick side at 1:51 for his second goal of the game.
Vermette cut the Senators' deficit to 5-2 just 28 seconds later.
Olesz closed the scoring with a short-handed goal at 19:01.
"Since the break we've been there every single game," Jokinen
said. "Tonight we were able to fight back and get some points. We
need to find a way to do this every single night. It was a little
scary tonight, everything went our way."
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead at 18:54 of the first period as Jay
Bouwmeester's shot from the left circle tipped off Stumpel's stick
and went over Emery's shoulder into the net.
Ottawa tied it at 1:58 of the second. Mike Fisher brought the
puck out from behind the net and passed it to Schaefer in front who
put the puck past Luongo.
Florida regained the lead just 11 seconds later when Horton
poked in the rebound of Olesz's shot.
"It just popped right out to me," Horton said. "It was a long
time coming for goals for me. I got lucky tonight and hopefully
they keep going in."
Stumpel's second goal made it 3-1 at 7:20. Sean Hill got the
puck off a face off and passed to Stumpel, who put in a wrist shot
from the point.
"I don't know if it was too much sun or whether the players
took it for granted," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. "We know
we're not going to win every night but if we make a lot of
mistakes, that's a little extreme."
Luongo made his 19th consecutive start, breaking his own
record for consecutive starts by a Panthers goalie. ... Jokinen
broke his career high for points (29 goals, 37 assists). ... Ottawa
had beaten Florida the last five games and won eight in a row at
Florida, last losing on Oct. 28, 2000.
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Dan Marouelli Linesmen: Steve Miller, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 15,196 (78.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jozef Stumpel (8)
Assists: Jay Bouwmeester, Olli Jokinen
Peter Schaefer (17)
Assists: Mike Fisher, Chris Phillips
Nathan Horton (22)
Assist: Rostislav Olesz
Jozef Stumpel (9)
Assists: Sean Hill, Martin Gelinas
Martin Gelinas (13)
Assists: Olli Jokinen, Jozef Stumpel
Nathan Horton (23)
Assists: Rostislav Olesz, Joe Nieuwendyk