Senators continue to rule Panthers at homeBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Jan 22, 2013 12:10 AM EST
OTTAWA -- As much as Canadians like to go south at this time of year, the Ottawa Senators always welcome a visit by the Florida Panthers. Former Panther Craig Anderson kicked aside 31 shots and Kyle Turris paced the attack with two goals as the Senators dumped Florida 4-0 in their home opener on Monday night at Scotiabank Place. The Senators have sent the Panthers away disappointed six times in a row and also have won 10 of the last 11 meetings north of the border between the two clubs. Anderson, who improved an unblemished record against his former team to 8-0-1, sounded like he had just come back from a day at the beach after picking up the 20th shutout of his career. "I didn't get a lot of traffic on the pucks to the net," said Anderson, who has allowed just one goal in the season's first two games. "I was able to see pucks in the right place at the right time. There wasn't a lot of pressure and we didn't give them many opportunities." In other words, it was a solid team performance -- or the exact opposite that Panthers coach Kevin Dineen received from his club. "It's very easy to identify who was jumping tonight, because it was only a couple of guys," said Dineen, who was at least pleased with the play of goalie Jose Theodore after the veteran made 33 saves. "He's had two really solid games for us. He gave us the opportunity, moving into the third. Shame on us for basically just trying to play it out and letting them score a few at the end. "Disappointing game from start to finish." Fourth-line center Jim O'Brien and top rookie prospect Jakob Silfverberg, with the first goal of his career, scored in the final 2:25 to put a bow on the gift before a capacity crowd of 19,952. Turris now has three goals in leading the Senators to a 2-0 start. "Kyle is really skating well and he's getting to the net," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "That's important." The third overall pick in the 2007 entry draft, Turris has found a home in Ottawa after a rocky start to his career with the Phoenix Coyotes. Meshing with captain Daniel Alfredsson after being traded last December, he appears to be the answer to the second-line center problem the Senators have had for years. "I feel really good," Turris said. "I needed to work to get stronger on my skates and I really felt like I improved going into this year." The Senators outshot the Panthers 18-4 in the first period, yet still led only managed a power-play goal from Turris off a nice feed from rookie defenseman Patrick Wiercioch. "We controlled the puck quite a bit in the first period," MacLean said. "Getting the first goal on the power play was important, but it would have been nice to get at least one more out of that period." The Panthers had no more energy after the intermission, either. Turris' second goal, at 12:07 of the period, was off a redirection of a pass from new Senator Guillaume Latendresse. "I think we gave them a few goals, made a few mistakes that cost us," Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell said. "We didn't do a lot of little things early in the game, we weren't going north with the puck. A lot of times you're not too successful by trying to be cute with it. We're not that kind of team. We need to keep going forward. "It would have been nice to get something on special teams to counter their one. We didn't work hard enough in a lot of areas." After Tuesday's game in Montreal, the Panthers (1-1) will have a shot at revenge against the Senators, who are off until Thursday's rematch in Florida. NOTES: Canadian hockey fans continue to forgive the NHL and its players for the lockout. More than 19,500 were on hand at Scotiabank Place, which lists capacity at 19,153. ... He couldn't do it the first game because of lineup restrictions, but Dineen now has Filip Kuba with Campbell as his No. 1 defensive pairing. It was an obvious fit for Dineen, who saw Kuba help Erik Karlsson to a Norris Trophy last season. Karlsson and Campbell are similar players. "That's going to be our snapshot, that those two will play together," said Dineen. "It's a little bit because of what we saw out of Filip last year, and what we know he can still do." .... Panthers RW Alexei Kovalev played his first game in Ottawa since the Senators traded him to Pittsburgh for a seventh-round pick last season. Naturally, he was booed every time he touched the puck. ... Rookie Patrick Wiercioch has set up the Senators' initial goal in each of the first two games.
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