Florida at Ottawa

Senators 3, Panthers 2

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OTTAWA -- With the Ottawa Senators poised to return to the playoffs, Daniel Alfredsson likes how the club is rounding into form.

The Senators captain scored 20th goal of the season early in the third period and the Senators won their fourth straight, 3-2 over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday.

Eastern Conference
SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1z-Pittsburgh487233
2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
Eliminated
9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
15o-Florida483612
Complete Playoff Race

"We can match up against anybody I think," Alfredsson said. "We know how close it is and how close a [playoff] series will be, but we feel that if we can continue here all the way to the playoffs, we can do some damage."

Brian Elliott made 20 saves, and Matt Cullen and Peter Regin also scored for the Senators. Rookie defenseman Erik Karlsson had three assists.

Stephen Weiss and Steven Reinprecht scored for the Panthers, who got a 22-save performance from Tomas Vokoun.

Alfredsson fired a shot from just inside the blue line early in the third period to give Ottawa a 3-1 lead. He is only four games away from reaching 1,000 in the NHL. He has scored at least 20 goals in 10 straight seasons.

The Senators, who missed the playoffs last season but are now fifth in the Eastern Conference with 87 points, got into penalty trouble later in the period and handed the Panthers two 5-on-3 power plays.

Reinprecht beat Elliott on the first opportunity at 13:14, but the Panthers failed to convert on the other. Elliott made a huge glove save on Nathan Horton to keep Florida at bay.

"We did a great job killing those off," Elliott said. "Even if we get those penalties we're confident that we can kill them off."

Florida coach Peter DeBoer wasn't pleased with his team's effort.

"We're not getting anything," he said. "Whether it's a goalie pitching a shutout or a defenseman getting on the board or a forward scoring two or three, we're not finding a difference maker on any given night."

After a sluggish first period, both teams came out with a much better effort in the second.

The Panthers opened the scoring when Weiss sneaked a shot behind Elliott seven minutes into the period.

Cullen tied the game at 15:02, burying Karlsson's rebound over Vokoun.

"I try to do my role every game," Karlsson said. "I think it's more of the team playing good and then the guys play good."

Karlsson has been getting increased responsibilities recently. Senators coach Cory Clouston has been pleased with the young defenseman's play.

"He's done a lot of good things in different areas," Clouston said. "He's playing very well, very poised."

Regin beat Vokoun through the legs at 17:40 to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead after two. Regin has three goals in four games.

Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov left the game after a collision with teammate Andy Sutton and Weiss early in the second. Clouston said the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

Notes

The Senators were without D Filip Kuba (lower body, day-to-day), LW Milan Michalek (knee, indefinite). ... RW Shean Donovan and RW Ryan Shannon were healthy scratches. ... Ottawa C Chris Kelly played in his 400th NHL career game. ... The Panthers were without C Gregory Campbell (foot, day-to-day), LW David Booth (concussion, indefinite).

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Scoreboard
Florida (30-33-11)0112
Ottawa  (40-30-5) «0213
Three Stars
E. Karlsson
OTT


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
M. Cullen
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Elliott
OTT


Saves: 20
Save Pct.: .909
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
06:59Stephen Weiss (26), Backhand Shot. Assist: Stillman
15:02Matt Cullen (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Campoli
17:40Peter Regin (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Spezza, Karlsson
3RD PERIOD
01:44Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (20), Slap Shot. Assist: Spezza, Karlsson
13:14Power Play - Steve Reinprecht (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stillman, McCabe
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
04:32Tarnasky, 5 min, Fighting
04:32Carkner, 5 min, Fighting
18:25Dvorak, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
01:25McCabe, 2 min, Illegal Equipment
11:10Karlsson, 2 min, Roughing
11:10Allen, 2 min, Roughing
11:10Weiss, 2 min, Roughing
12:19Spezza, 2 min, Tripping
12:52Kovalev, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
13:32Kelly, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Florida59822
Ottawa911525
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tomas Vokoun58:44223
Brian Elliott60:00202
Game Information
Attendance - 18689
Referees - Dennis LaRue, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Derek Nansen
 
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Dal 4 Final
LA 1
Colo 2 Final
Pho 6
Det 1 Final
Nash 0
NYR 2 Final
OT
Tor 3
NJ 4 Final
Mon 2
Van 2 Final
SJ 4
Phi 1 Final
Pitt 4
Cal 0 Final
Bos 5
Atl 4 Final
Car 0
TB 1 Final
Buf 7
NYI 4 Final
OT
Colu 3