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Resurgent Senators to take on Panthers

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Florida (11-12-3) at Ottawa (10-10-4), 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators look for
their third consecutive victory when they host the Florida
Panthers on Monday.

Spezza recorded his second career hat trick Saturday as the
Senators cooled off the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-2 victory.
Alex Auld stopped 17 shots and Dany Heatley notched a pair of
assists for the Senators, who have won four of their last five
contests.

"It was nice to see Spezza have a good game like that," captain
Daniel Alfredsson said. "I think overall today, we did a good
job with the puck. We didn't turn it over much and we forced
them to play in their own end quite a bit. The only time they
had some possession was on the power play, and our
penalty-killers did a good job. And (Auld) played well, too."

Spezza, who scored all three goals in the second period, hopes
the win over the reigning Eastern Conference champion Penguins
can be a springboard for the rest of the season.

"They're one of the best teams in the East, and they're a team
that we know if you want to win, you're probably going to have
to go through, so we just have to make up points in the
standings," Spezza said. "We've kind of put ourselves in a bit
of a spot, and now we're slowly getting ourselves out of it."

The Panthers will try to bounce back from a 4-0 setback to the
Boston Bruins. The loss snapped Florida's three-game winning
streak.

Craig Anderson has started the last five games for the Panthers,
but usual starter Tomas Vokoun likely will be back in the
crease.

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