In a game that was affectionately dubbed “The Race for 28th,” the Florida Panthers got a step closer to gaining a top three pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Colin Greening scored two goals in the second period, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Panthers 4-1, Thursday night in Sunrise.
The Senators got the only goal of the first period just over five minutes into the game. Nick Foligno skated around defenseman Mike Weaver and backhanded a shot passed Scott Clemmensen. The Panthers goalie struggled, allowing four goals on 23 shots.
The remaining four goals of the hockey game were all scored in the second period. Ottawa made is 2-0 at the 2:30 mark, as Greening picked up a loose puck right in front of the net. Left all alone, Greening had plenty of time and space to roof a shot over Clemmensen’s glove.
The Panthers cut the deficit in half just a few minutes later on Michal Repik’s second goal of the season. Repik had a backhand shot that Craig Anderson stopped, but Repik got his own rebound and got just enough of the puck to put it into the net. It was Anderson’s only blunder on 38 shots.
Ottawa made it 3-1 just 34 seconds after the Panthers had gotten within one. Marek Svatos centered a pass from behind the net to a wide open Greening. Greening was left all alone in front of the net and buried the puck passed Clemmensen. Filip Kuba got his first goal of the season with just over five minutes left in the period to make it 4-1. Kuba found room inside the right point, and beat Clemmensen glove side.
The Panthers, who lost their seventh straight contest Thursday, return home to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in Sunrise.