OTTAWA (AP)—Milan Michalek(notes), Mike Fisher(notes) and Daniel Alfredsson(notes) each had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Zack Smith(notes) and Alex Kovalev(notes) also scored to help Ottawa win consecutive games for the first time this season. Brian Elliott(notes) stopped 28 shots in his sixth straight start for the Senators (4-5-1).
The Senators responded with five straight goals, including three in the second, before Chris Higgins got the Panthers’ second goal 6:09 into the third to make it 5-2. Mike Santorelli(notes) scored with 56.2 seconds left.
Michalek drew Ottawa even at 1 with a short-handed goal 5:20 into the second. Chris Kelly(notes) stripped the puck from Florida defenseman Dennis Wideman(notes) and went in on a 2-on-1 with Michalek, who one-timed Kelly’s pass for his fourth goal of the season.
Fisher put the Senators ahead 2-1 with his third goal at 13:18 and Smith scored his first of the season 1:31 later to make it 3-1.
Kovalev made it 4-1 with his third goal in two games 1:23 into the third. Michalek and Fisher drew assists on Alfredsson’s sixth goal in five games at 3:50.
Florida had allowed 15 goals through its first seven games.
McCabe put Florida up 1-0 with his first goal of the season 10:02 in. The veteran defenseman took Dennis Wideman’s pass in the top of the slot and drove a slap shot past Elliott inside the right post with Nick Foligno(notes) in the penalty box for interfering with Vokoun.
NOTES: Panthers RW Michael Frolik(notes), who has two assists in seven games, was a healthy scratch. … Dvorak, a member of the Panthers’ 1996 Stanley Cup finalist team as a rookie, played for Florida from 1995-2000 and returned in 2007-08. … Senators C Jason Spezza(notes) missed his fourth game in a row because of a groin injury. Spezza, who also missed Ottawa’s season opener because of a groin injury, has a goal and four assists in five games.