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Panthers Wrap-Up: Senators 3, Panthers 2

Panthers comeback comes up short in Horachek's debut behind bench.

Saturday, 11.9.2013 / 5:48 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Senators 3, Panthers 2
Panthers comeback comes up short in Horachek\'s debut behind bench.
sat
11/9/2013
2-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 1 0 2
Senators 2 1 0 0 3
FLA - N. Bjugstad (2), M. Goc (5)
OTT - K. Turris (4), M. Zibanejad (4), PPG - C. MacArthur (3)
  
   

OTTAWA, ONT —  (NHL.com) - The Ottawa Senators are feeling a lot better about their fortunes of late, in stark contrast to the Florida Panthers.

Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad scored 19 seconds apart early in the first period and Ottawa held on to beat Florida 3-2 on Saturday, spoiling the debut of Panthers interim coach Peter Horachek.

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"You put yourself behind the eight-ball in the first couple of minutes of the game, you're down 2-0 on unforced errors, so we did it to ourselves. Maybe the guys were a little bit nervous or something, I don't know, but that was kind of a tough situation to fight back. But I think there were moments of effort that were good. We just certainly can't put ourselves in that situation."."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
 
1. Three In 4:04: An early game start brought sloppiness in the defensive zones and offense for the two teams as they combined for three goals in the first 4:04 of the game. The Senators took advantage of two Florida turnovers to take a two-goal lead 2:04 in. First Bobby Ryan found himself on a breakaway after intercepting a clearing pass. Tim Thomas, returning from injury, made the initial save but Ryan tracked down the puck in the corner and got it to Kyle Turris who fired the puck top shelf and short side just 1:45 in. Then 19 seconds later, Dmitry Kulikov's pass from behind the net bounced off the post and out to Mika Zibanejad. The Sens forward was stopped on the inital shot but put the puck into the open net after following up on his shot. Florida got on the board two minutes later thanks to some good work by Nick Bjugstad. The forward dug the puck out of the corner and worked his way out front where he tucked the puck past Robin Lehner for the goal.

2. Five-On-Three Trouble: It was even play for the rest of the first and the Sens would retake a two goal lead thanks to penalty trouble by the Panthers early in the second. First Scottie Upshall went to the box 4:15 for four minutes of roughing penalties. 42 seconds later it was Erik Gudbranson joining him as he tried to clear the puck on the backhand with a scrum in front of Thomas but put it out of play. The Cats looked like they might get out of the first penalty but Thomas couldn't get enough of Clarke MacArthur's short side shot from above the goal line with 5:52 gone in the period. Florida was 23 seconds away from killing off the first penalty. The goal would turn out to be the game-winner.

3. Just Short In Debut: Taking over the reigns, Peter Horachek, Brian Skrudland and John Madden made their Panthers coaching debuts Saturday and despite for the first two minutes and the power play, had the Panthers looking aggressive and desperate all while consistently putting guys in front of the net and crashing for rebounds. Florida got to within one when Marcel Goc scored with 10 minutes to play and they had several glorious opportunities to tie it as the Senators were called for penalty after penalty. Florida, in fact, had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:17 prior to Goc's goal but came up empty on all five of their power plays (four in the final 20 minutes of play). Even after Erik Gudbranson was sent off for boarding in the final 30 seconds, the Cats had two good short handed opportunities but Lehner kept them from tying the game.  
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@DJBuddha94: don't worry I can see the Panthers ending this streak soon. I can see the change in momentum #FlaPanthers

@hlamp: We needed a Winchester in the line up #FlaPanthers

@305MiamiTeams: Been a lot of close games, but #FlaPanthers still can't get the win. Hope new coaching staff can help special teams. Effort again was there.

@tom032583: #FlaPanthers lost 8 in a row now...I need a hug.

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Dale Worsnop: So people actually expected an overnight miracle? Get real....any change is going to take some time....

Taylor McIntosh: Our power play suuuuuccckkkksssss

Patrick Tague: you dont get an A for effort in the pros.

Mark Zola: And people talkin about coach stuff....I saw more close chances in this game then I have in all the past 3 games combined! We just have to bury the shot

 

1. A game of firsts for two of the Panthers newest coaching staff. Peter Horachek made his NHL head coaching debut after being a head coach at the AHL, ECHL and IHL level while former Panther John Madden made his NHL assistant coach debut.

2. The Panthers finished the game with five power play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 1:17 but were only able to get two shots on Robin Lehner. Florida finished with 8:43 of power play time.

19. The Senators jumped on the board early and it came thanks to two goals within a 19 second span. There, Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad scored their fourth goals of the season.

23. In a wide open first period, the Panthers and Senators combined for 23 shots on goal with Ottawa holding the 12-11 advantage.

29. Playing for the first time since Oct. 17th, goaltender Tim Thomas settled down after two early goals and stopped 29 shots in the loss.

 
Clarke MacArthur
Could have gone to a couple of different players but MacArthur netted the game-winner with his power play goal and picked up four hits along the way.

1 Goal, 1 Point, 4 Hits, 1 Blocked Shot, 17:57 TOI
 
 
Florida is right back at it on Sunday as they are at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden to battle the Rangers. New York got off to a slow start this season (3-7-0) but has come on of late, having won five of their last six games, including a 4-2 victory over Columbus on Thursday. They are led offensively by Brad Richards (13 points in 16 games) and Derek Stepan (12 points in 16 games) while Henrik Lundqvist has a 5-6-0 record with a 2.42 GAA and Cam Talbot is 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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