Going into the game: Panthers (5-3-0) Senators (4-5-0)
Opposing team site: SenShot
The Panthers opened the scoring with a Jason Garrison rocket, 4:41 into the first. Brian Campbell got the play started and found Kris Versteeg, who left it on the ice for Garrison to slap past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.
End of one period with the Panthers leading (1-0)
Daniel Alfredsson got the Senators on the board at 5:27 of the second period during a delayed penalty. His fourth of the year from Jason Spezza and Sergei Gonchar. Top shelf over Jacob Markstrom’s left shoulder. The Panthers would answer back on a goal that was originally credited to Tomas Fleischmann, but was determined to have made contact with Stephen Weiss on the way to the net. That goal at 6:35, from Fleischmann and Dmitry Kulikov, gave the Panthers back the lead, (2-1). However a turnover at the end of a Panthers’ power play (14:14), resulted in a Senators’ goal by Stephane Da Coasta who had come out of the box, took a cross ice pass, and roofed it over Markstrom’s right shoulder.
The Panthers had been 2-0-0 when tied after two periods. The Senators began to control the flow of play, and Colin Greening scored a late third period goal at 17:53. His wrist shot got by Markstrom and left just over 2 minutes of time on the clock. With time running down, after securing possession of the face off, Markstrom went to the bench. Now with an extra attacker out, Weiss fed Versteeg, who put it in the empty net to tie the game at 3. Turnovers, had been the Panthers enemy all night, and a bad decisions cost the team two points. A turnover in the Panthers‘ zone led to an Alfredsson slap shot, the rebound of which was pushed into the net by Nick Foligno, with approximately 3 seconds remaining.
Jacob Markstrom, who made 34 saves in the loss, was not part of the problem. Coach Dineen attributed problems to control of the puck along the boards. The larger mistakes being not making proper decisions with the puck in general. This sloppy play is what cost the Panthers two points in Ottawa.
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