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Powerless: Ottawa Senators 5, Florida Panthers 2

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The Florida Panthers opened a four-game road trip in Ottawa against the Senators on Monday night. — Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

The Florida Panthers fell to the Ottawa Senators the same way they have lost crucial games all season.

They took too many penalties — a category they lead the league in — and they failed to control the game from the start and it bit them as they extended their regulation losing streak to four with a 5-2 loss.

And it will continue to sting as their playoff hopes continue to dwindle.

Florida remains in a three-point hole behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final wild card spot in the East with eight games to go.

As quickly as they climbed back into the race during their seven-game point streak early in March, they crumbled and fell back into the same spot.

The Panthers fell into a two-goal hole early in the first period after an underwhelming offensive showing and were chasing the game for the remaining 40 minutes.

Gus Forsling appeared to get them back into it with a blast of a slap sot 5:58 into the second period right after taking a shot to the throat seconds before Ottawa’s second goal of the night but they could not keep their feet on the gas.

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Anthony Duclair and Anton Lundell each had great chances to score but Mads Sogaard came up with big saves for Ottawa to preserve the lead.

An Eetu Luostarinen tripping penalty sent Florida to the penalty kill shortly thereafter and the Senators took advantage and scored their second power play goal of the night.

Forsling brought the Panthers back within a goal with another blast from the point but it was not enough.

Florida could not come up with an answer for Sogaard as he came up with save after save to keep them off the board.

Anton Lundell took a penalty after getting caught playing the puck with his hand on an offensive zone face-off with 4:06 to go and it killed all of the momentum the Panthers built up.

Tim Stutzle added yet another power play goal fro the Senators with 2:23 to go to help sink Florida for good.

The Panthers did not do themselves any favors when they had their chances on the power play, going 0-for-4 on the night.

They lost the special teams battle handedly and it costed them yet another crucial game.

GOALS OF THE GAME

  • Senators 1, Panthers 0 (9:03, 1st): Brady Tkachuk opens the scoring with a one-timer off of a feed from Thomas Chabot.
  • Senators 2, Panthers 0 (18:55, 1st, PPG): Erik Brannstrom scored off of the rebound of a blocked shot by Gus Forsling that took to the throat and left him in pain.
  • Senators 2, Panthers 1 (5:08, 2nd): Forsling blasted a slap shot past Mads Sogaard after not missing a shift from the blocked shot to the throat.
  • Senators 3, Panthers 1 (19:23, 2nd, PPG): Alex DeBrincat beat Sergei Bobrovsky with a one-timer on the power play with 37.3 seconds to go in the second period.
  • Senators 3, Panthers 2 (9:15, 3rd): Forsling gets his second goal of the game with another blast from the point seconds after a power play expired.
  • Senators 4, Panthers 2 (17:37, 3rd): Tim Stutzle fires a one-timer on the power play past Bobrovsky to secure the win.
  • Senators 5, Panthers 2 (18:30, 3rd): Shane Pinto empty-netter.

COLBY’S 3 STARS OF THE GAME

1. Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa

2. Gus Forsling, Florida

3. Mads Sogaard, Ottawa

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victor bagnato

Sure sure glad Maurice has put in this defense for stanley cup plaYoffs.Whoops next time worry about making playoffs first.Great job Zito and ownership trashing the fans again for 5 more years.Im done till 2028.

Kevin Hawkey

A complete joke of performance. I understand the message that the team needed to learn how to battle and win close games. It made sense. But once injuries healed and we have had time to learn the system – 4 months or more,,,, we should be seeing marked improvement. Lack of consistency, times when the D vanished, lack of discipline (penalties) and too many nights where we led in shots but couldn’t actually score.

No way this team makes the playoffs. And it’s a huge disappointment. Players more than coaches are responsible for this let down.

surveyjay

Well, that’s that. A few observations, Eetu, although greatly improved (we all know how much I like him) is not top six ready quite yet, he is, imo, absolutely idea for a third line center and pk specialist. Let him continue to blossom in that role until he’s ready to take the next step. Ekblad is no longer D1 material, he should not be featured on the PP, Montour should take full control of that job. Lundell, unfortunately, did not improve upon his outstanding rookie campaign, and I can’t say I place the blame on him in any way. last… Read more »

victor bagnato

Maybe we could back Yandle to replace Staal #18.I forgot were paying him a million next year as his PP in abstencia allowance.

surveyjay

I take solace in the fact that I know we have an owner that badly wants to win and is willing to spend to do it. so I know we will be spending up to the cap from here on end that’s a good thing for us. Of course I wanted to watch my cats in the playoffs, but honestly I didn’t have much Faith at the beginning of the year we would be here and I didn’t think many other people did after the first month of the season. we’re lucky in a sense that we do have our… Read more »

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