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Ottawa 8, Florida 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Brandon Schrader, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Jesse Marquis, Jonathan Deschamps
Attendance: 13759

Josh Norris scored two goals and Drake Batherson tallied four points as the Ottawa Senators hammered the top home team in the NHL, beating the Florida Panthers 8-2 on Tuesday night in Sunrise, Fla.

Anton Forsberg made 33 saves to win his fifth straight game. Batherson scored a goal and recorded three assists. Ottawa also got a goal each from Austin Watson, Dylan Gambrell, Tim Stutzle, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul. Norris and Connor Brown all had three-point games.

Florida, which dropped to 14-2-0 at home, got goals from Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Reinhart, and 30 saves from rookie goalie Spencer Knight. Reinhart added an assist.

This was just the third time this season that Florida lost by more than one goal. The eight goals were the most allowed by the Panthers all season.

Ottawa improved to 4-7-1 on the road as the Senators have won three straight games away from home.

Florida got top-six forward Anthony Duclair back from an eight-game injury absence, but he did not register a point and was minus-two.

The Panthers were without forward Ryan Lomberg (COVID protocol) and defenseman Gustav Forsling (non-COVID illness). Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov (injured reserve) remains out.

Ottawa started fast with the first nine shots on goal, grabbing a 1-0 lead with 4:38 expired on Watson's rebound goal that beat Knight through the five-hole.

Florida tied the score 1-1 with 13:05 gone as Reinhart skated behind the goal before feeding Huberdeau in the slot.

Just 1:30 into the second, Ottawa took a 2-1 lead on Gambrell's breakaway, shorthanded goal. The play started when Brandon Montour couldn't handle a pass from Frank Vatrano. Brown got the loose puck and fed it ahead to Gambrell, whose shot went under Knight's glove.

Florida tied the score 2-2 with 15:33 expired in the second. After an Ottawa turnover, Reinhart stuffed in a rebound off Anton Lundell's shot.

Ottawa took a 3-2 lead just 39 seconds later on Norris' goal that bounced in off the left post. Play kept going for 34 seconds before the horn sounded to indicate that it was actually a goal, due to a remote video review from NHL headquarters.

The Senators struck again before the end of the period as Stutzle rung one in off the right post. Ottawa got that goal by dumping the puck in and forcing a turnover.

Norris made it 5-2 just 23 seconds into the third, scoring on the rush.

Knight's poor clear attempt led to Batherson's goal and a 6-2 Senators lead with 13:50 left in the third.

Tkachuk and Paul added a pair of 5-on-3 power-play goals to close the scoring.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   Florida
Drake Batherson 4 Points Sam Reinhart 2
Josh Norris 2 Goals Sam Reinhart 1
Drake Batherson 3 Assists Sam Reinhart 1
Nicholas Paul 1 Power Play Goals N/A
Dylan Gambrell 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Anton Forsberg .943 Save Percentage Spencer Knight .789
Anton Forsberg 33 Saves Spencer Knight 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 38 8 2-4 6-6 21 38
Florida 35 2 0-6 2-4 37 29
Upcoming Games
  • Florida will play their next game at home against Los Angeles. The Panthers have a W/L % of .722 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Senators have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .333 after a loss.