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Florida at Ottawa

Weiss beats horn, gives Panthers overtime victory against Senators

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OTTAWA -- Craig Anderson was quite happy Stephen Weiss scored to stave off a shootout showdown between the Florida Panthers' goalie and the Ottawa Senators' top scorers.

Weiss scored with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to give Florida a 4-3 victory against Ottawa on Monday night.

The Panthers' center drove a shot from just over the blue line past Alex Auld as Florida improved to 5-1-2 in its past eight games.

"To be honest with you, I was a little on the tired side there and I was just trying to get it on the net," Weiss said. "It goes in sometimes when you shoot."

Anderson slid across to his right to deny Mike Fisher with a sensational save moments earlier.

"The shootout's a crapshoot, you know, it comes down to individual efforts there," said Anderson, who finished with 34 saves. "We're a team and we like to play as a unit, and the more we can take the individual out of the game, keep (Jason) Spezza and (Dany) Heatley and all of those guys out of the 1-on-1 game, we're better off, so I enjoyed the victory in overtime."

Jay Bouwmeester drew Florida even for the third consecutive time with a power-play goal midway through the second period.

Michal Repik scored in his NHL debut earlier in the period to tie it at 2, and Nick Boynton drew the Panthers even at 1 with his third goal 11:26 into the first.

"That shows a lot of character," Weiss said. "This is a tough building to play in. They're a good hockey club, especially when you get down; they're tough to come back on and to get those goals right away gave us a lot of jump."

Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza scored in the second for Ottawa. Chris Kelly opened the scoring 7:31 in.

"Give them credit -- they battled all night," Kelly said. "It is pretty tough to lose that late in the game."

The Senators, 4-1-3 in their past eight games, had a great opportunity to gain the lead for a fourth time late in the second, yet failed to convert on a two-man advantage that lasted the final 1:29 of the middle period.

"We got a point," Fisher said. "We've just got keep building and finding ways to get points, but at the same time, we've got to win games like that."

Kelly opened the scoring when he pushed a loose puck across the goal line while Senators forward Nick Foligno fell into the net. After a video review supported the on-ice call, referee Tom Kowal announced the decision to the crowd, describing it as "a good hockey goal."

"Most times if you know that it might not be a goal, then you kind of worry, but I was pretty confident that there was no reason for it not to be a goal," said Kelly, who didn't hear Kowal's unique announcement. "He didn't have possesion, the net wasn't knocked off, he didn't blow the whistle down, so there really wasn't much worry."

Boynton drew the Panthers even with his third goal at 11:26.

Heatley scored his team-leading 14th goal 2:32 into the second, beating Anderson with a shot from the right side.

Repik, who was called up from Rochester of the AHL earlier in the day along with forward Tanner Glass, drove the crease and put away Auld's rebound of Keith Ballard's shot from the left corner.

Repik skated straight to the Panthers bench to celebrate the goal while Ballard recovered the milestone puck from linesman Derek Amell.

"Obviously, I will keep it," Repik said. "It's my first goal in the National Hockey League. It's my dream. I came to play in the NHL and I scored a goal."

Tanner and Ottawa's Chris Neil got fighting majors one second later when they squared off after lining up for the ensuing faceoff.

Spezza, who recorded a hat trick Saturday in a 3-2 victory against Pittsburgh, put Ottawa ahead 3-2 with his seventh goal in six games -- his 12th of the season -- at 8:20.

Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov was given a boarding minor with 2:29 remaining in the third for his hit from behind on Panthers right wing Brett McLean.

Notes

  • Repik is the fourth rookie, along with C Michael Frolik, LW Kenndal McArdle and D Jason Garrison, to play his first career game with Florida this season.
  • Bouwmeester, who ended a five-game points streak Saturday, has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past 13 games.
  • Auld, who stopped 36 shots, made his 11th consecutive start.
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Keith Ballard and Bryan McCabe (right) swarm Stephen Weiss after his buzzer-beating winner.  (AP)
Keith Ballard and Bryan McCabe (right) swarm Stephen Weiss after his buzzer-beating winner. (AP)

Scoreboard
Florida  (12-12-3) «12014
Ottawa (10-10-5)12003
Three Stars
J. Bouwmeester
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Alfredsson
OTT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
S. Weiss
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:31Chris Kelly (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Foligno, Winchester
11:26Nick Boynton (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Peltonen, Campbell
2ND PERIOD
02:32Dany Heatley (14), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
03:52Michal Repik (1), Tip-In. Assist: Ballard
08:20Jason Spezza (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Alfredsson
09:58Power Play - Jay Bouwmeester (4), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
04:50Stephen Weiss (4), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:55Glass, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
03:53Glass, 5 min, Fighting
03:53Neil, 5 min, Fighting
06:02Alfredsson, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
09:37Picard, 2 min, Hooking
18:00Cullimore, 2 min, Interference
18:29Dvorak, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
09:47Neil, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:21Volchenkov, 2 min, Hooking
17:29Volchenkov, 2 min, Boarding
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Florida8201038
Ottawa6131534
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Craig Anderson 64:50353
Alex Auld 64:44364
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Florida1-for-5
Ottawa0-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 17947
Referees - Tom Kowal, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Mark Pare
 
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