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Panthers Wrap-Up: Senators 4, Panthers 3

Panthers lose heart breaker on last second goal after tying it with less than minute to play.

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 11:54 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  -
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Senators 4, Panthers 3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 1 0 3
SENATORS 0 2 2 0 4
FLA - J. Garrison (3), S. Weiss (4), K. Versteeg (5)
OTT - D. Alfredsson (4), S. Da Costa (2), C. Greening (3), N. Foligno (2)
OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators had to deliver a second knockout blow just before the bell to finish off the Florida Panthers.

Nick Foligno scored with 2.5 seconds left in the third period and Ottawa extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-3 victory Thursday night

"It was pretty dramatic that's for sure. It had a lot of personality to it. When you end up on the wrong side of those, it certainly has a lot of sting. There's some lessons to be learned. At the end of the day it was sloppy play by us."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Under Siege In The First: The Senators dominated the first period of play as they constantly had pressure in the Panthers zone. They held a 15-7 shot advantage but it didn't stop there as the Panthers blocked eight more shots and the Senators were credited with six missed shots. That's 29 potential shots on Jacob Markstrom. To the Panthers credit, they didn't break and held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

2. A See-Saw End: Fans and viewers that watched to the end got their money's worth. Unfortunately for the Panthers faithful it was the viewing of a bad dream. Tied at two, Ottawa scored with 2:07 left to take their first lead of the game. Then with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, Dmitry Kulikov set up Stephen Weiss who found a wide open Kris Versteeg for the equalizer with just 47.1 seconds left on the clock. The Panthers, outplayed for most of the night couldn't get the game to overtime as a turnover in their own zone was capitalzied on by Nick Foligno with just 3.5 seconds left, giving the Senators a huge win and the Panthers a heartbreaking loss.

3.Turnovers The Difference: Ottawa controlled the play most of the night, especially in the first period, but the Panthers had a chance to win. Ultimately it came down to the turnover battle and Ottawa was able to capitalize on the Panthers turnovers while the Panthers weren't able to convert on the Sens turnovers.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@ElenaDymova: Well this one hurt, better luck next time #FlaPanthers

@srgrossman: Well....that sucks. I would rather lose 18-0 than lose the game in the last 2 seconds. #FlaPanthers on to Buffalo we go...

@tvhpanther2: Oh my gosh did tht really just happen wow! #FlaPanthers

@mschristymariee: What a bad one. Gotta shake it off though. #FlaPanthers #ontothenextone

@JoelMDelgado: This kind of loss stings. What a whacky finish this was. Terrible defense by the #FLAPanthers in the last half of the 3rd. Just awful.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Chris Corradino: That was a unreal finish. Suck but we gotta move on.

Kurt Hardley: I thought for sure we had at least a point. Turnovers in your zone late will kill you every time.

Jimmy Palmer: Forecheck and clearing the zone was awful tonight. only line really rolling was the first line. skille and upshall had some great chances but you cant win when you keep giving up the puck soft like that.

Jack Lowenstein: We aren't the same team as last season I'm not worried about that... Panthers just need to buck up, and clear the zone better.

Denis Zilberberg: We can finally skate and we showed it off well, our goals were uniquely colaberated with team work and power. The 2.5 seconds left in the game was a heart breaker but I still can't wait to see what we got coming next game!


0. There were several power play opportunities for the top ranked (Ottawa - 31.2%) and fourth ranked (Florida - 27.3%) units but neither had success. Not counting the delayed penalties since they in fact don't count as power play goals, the two teams combined to go 0-for-6 on the night. Florida was 0-for-4.

1. It only took one shot for the Panthers to get on the board as Jason Garrison scored on a bomb of a shot on the rush just 4:41 into the contest. The Senators had three shots at the time of the goal.

2. The refs had their hands up on two different occasions in the second period signaling a delayed penalty but the Senators didn't need it as they converted with the extra man. First it was Daniel Alfredsson 5:27 in and then it was Stephan Da Costa who streaked out of the penalty box to score with the goalie pulled with 5:46 left in the frame.

3.5. This number hurts the most. After scoring to tie it up at three with less than a minute to play, the Panthers couldn't control the rebound and Nick Foligno scored with just 3.5 seconds left on the clock.

54. If the Panthers could take a positive out of the game, it's that they continued their season success in the face-off circle, winning 54% of the draws (26-48). Leading the way were Mike Santorelli (5 of 7, 71%) and Marcel Goc (11 of 16, 69%).

Daniel Alfredsson
A tough choice to say the least but give it to the Sens captain who missed the last game with an injury. Daniel Alfredsson evened the game at one on a delayed penalty in the second then set up Nick Foligno's game-winner with just 3.5 seconds left on the clock.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, +2, 4 Shots
Florida closes out their three-game road trip with a meeting in Buffalo on Saturday night. It's the second time the two teams will meet on this young season. The Sabres shut out the Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center 3-0 on October 20. Buffalo defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 in their game Thursday night to go to 6-3 on the season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |




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