Florida (3-5-0) at Ottawa (5-1-1)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Thu Oct 30, 2003
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As good as Marian Hossa is, he’s not the only player who can score goals for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators will look to continue their balanced scoring when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Corel Centre.

Twelve different players have scored, including eight with at least two goals, as the Senators have raced toward the top of the Northeast, a division they have won three of the last five seasons.

Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and two assists, and Hossa had three points to help Ottawa extend its winning streak to four games with a 6-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Jason Spezza and Radek Bonk each added a goal and an assist, while Vaclav Varada, Peter Schaefer and Martin Havlat each had a goal.

“It’s easier on the individuals when the scoring is spread throughout the team,” said Hossa, who finished with a team- and career-high 45 goals last season.

The Senators are also one of the elite teams in the NHL because the goaltending tandem of Patrick Lalime and Martin Prusek have allowed just 13 goals in seven games.

Prusek is expected to start against Florida.

The Panthers’ starter in goal is unknown following an ugly 5-1 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Florida’s second defeat in the last three games.

Panthers coach Mike Keenan pulled Roberto Luongo after he allowed two goals on five shots in the first period. Steve Shields came on to stop 22 shots.

“We are hurting mentally,” Panthers center Olli Jokinen said. “If you aren’t ready to play, it’s tough to pick it up after that.”

Luongo probably deserved a better fate, considering he came in having stopped 267 of a league-high 282 shots—a stellar .947 save percentage—in eight games.

Viktor Kozlov has at least one point in four straight games.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 28): Panthers - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), 5 PB, Southeast Division. Senators - 11 points, 2nd place (tied), 3 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Panthers - Jokinen and Kozlov, 4 goals; Kozlov, 5 assists and 9 points; Branislav Mezei, 33 PIM. Senators - Alfredsson, 5 goals; Hossa, 7 assists and 11 points; Chris Neil, 18 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 28): Panthers - Power play: 8.3 percent (3 for 36), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 90.4 percent (47 for 52), 5th. Senators - Power play: 30.3 percent (10 for 33), 2nd. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (34 for 43), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Panthers - Luongo (2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.06 GAA); Shields (1-0-0, 2.70). Senators - Lalime (5-1-0, 1, 1.49); Prusek (0-1-0, 0, 4.00).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Senators, 3-1.

LAST MEETING: March 22; Senators, 3-1. At Florida, Hossa scored the winning goal with 36.7 seconds left as the Senators clinched the Northeast title.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Panthers - 2-3-1-0 on the road; Senators - 2-0-0-1 at home.

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