"It was a big goal and we were pretty excited," said Jason
Spezza, who scored his 19th early in the third to draw Ottawa to
within 3-2. "We battled hard for a great comeback. People had kind
of quit on us in this game and we battled back to score and it was
nice to get that. Too bad we didn't score in overtime."
Joe Nieuwendyk won the game for Florida, scoring 3:30 into the
Senators center Bryan Smolinski won a faceoff to the right of
Roberto Luongo with 3.2 seconds left and Dany Heatley passed the
puck back to Alfredsson, who fired a slap shot from the right point
just over Luongo's glove for his 42nd of the season.
"Hopefully we had an eye-opener in the last period there to
really give the guys a boost," Smolinski said. "You have to work
hard in this game and every team is not going to lay down for you,
especially when you're at the top."
Heatley collected his 100th point of the season on the play.
"It's nice. We've had a fun year and we've got a great team,"
said Heatley, who was acquired in a trade with Atlanta prior to the
season. "I'm just trying to be sharp and get ready for the
playoffs next week."
Ottawa remains atop the Eastern Conference with 111 points. The
Senators, who finished 29-9-3 overall at home, had a season-high
four-game losing streak prior to Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over
The Senators have two road games remaining, Saturday in Toronto,
and Tuesday against the New York Rangers. Second place Carolina
trails the Senators by two points and has three games remaining,
including two at home.
Luongo made nine of his 46 saves while Florida was two men short
and Panthers captain Olli Jokinen got two points, including his
"He's awesome. He's been like this pretty much all season,"
Panthers forward Martin Gelinas said. "Overall he's been a star
out there and he's been a pleasure to watch."
Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Alexei Semenov, Jon
Sim and Jokinen.
Mike Fisher closed the gap to 3-1 in the second period and
Speeza made it a one-goal game early in the third.
Gelinas scored his 17th at 13:20 to put Florida up 4-2 but Peter
Schaefer made it close once again 1:10 later with his 20th goal,
his fourth short-handed effort of the season.
Jokinen, whose previous career high was 36 goals in
2002-03, has the third highest season total in Florida history.
Pavel Bure broke his own team record with 59 goals in 2000-01, one
more than he scored the previous season. ... Senators G Dominik
Hasek hopes to return Tuesday in New York for Ottawa's final game
of the regular season against the Rangers. Hasek skated in full
equipment for about 10 minutes during the Senators' morning
practice but did not face any shots. ... The game drew 19,173,
Ottawa's 33rd sellout of the season. ... The Senators lead the NHL
with 24 shorthanded goals. Edmonton set the league record with 36
shorthanded goals in 1983-84. The Oilers, who have the four highest
single-season shorthanded totals in league history, had 28 in
1986-87, and 27 in both 1985-86, and 1988-89.
Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press
Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Chris Lee Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Brad Kovachik
Attendance: 19,173 (103.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Alexei Semenov (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Olli Jokinen, Lukas Krajicek
Jon Sim (17)
Assists: Chris Gratton, Juraj Kolnik
Olli Jokinen (37)
(Power Play) Assists: Jay Bouwmeester, Gary Roberts
Mike Fisher (21)
Assists: Patrick Eaves, Brian Pothier
Jason Spezza (20)
(Power Play) Assists: Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson
Martin Gelinas (17)
Assists: Mike Van Ryn, Joe Nieuwendyk
Peter Schaefer (20)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Mike Fisher
Daniel Alfredsson (42)
Assists: Dany Heatley, Bryan Smolinski
Joe Nieuwendyk (26)
Assists: Chris Gratton, Steve Montador