Game file: Senators at Panthers on March 10, 2011

They’re becoming experts at manufacturing boring, low-scoring victories.

Game file: Senators at Panthers on March 10, 2011
Matt Puempel. (Julie Oliver/OttawaCitizen)

WHY THE SENATORS WON

They’re becoming experts at manufacturing boring, low-scoring victories. Two nights after grinding out a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, they did it again in Sunrise against a toothless Florida Panthers squad. Who needs scoring when you have a top-notch goaltender and suffocating special teams? The Senators are perfect on the penalty kill and 6-3-0 since Craig Anderson arrived in the capital.

STUD

Erik Karlsson, Senators

The young defenceman handled all of Ottawa’s scoring on this night, notching two goals in a 3:38 span late in the third period. The first was a little iffy, but the second came on a powerful slap shot. Karlsson is on a nice little run now, with five points in his last six games. He took 10 of Ottawa’s 39 shots.

DUD

Tomas Vokoun, Panthers

Why was the first one iffy? Well, Karlsson did an impressive job finding a lane to the net, but he shouldn’t have been able to squeeze the shot he did through Vokoun. It was a bad goal on a night the Panthers couldn’t afford one. Vokoun is just 3-11-0 lifetime against the Senators.

GAME CHANGER

The Senators remained perfect on the PK Thursday night in spite of probably the worst penalty call they’ve seen all season. Francis Lessard was inexplicably ejected and given a five-minute major for delivering a big, clean hit on puck-carrying Panther Scott Timmins early in the third period, but the Cats couldn’t do anything with it. That kept the score knotted 0-0 until Karlsson’s two tallies put Ottawa up for good.

KEY STATS

- 33: Saves for Craig Anderson.
- 3-1-0: Anderson’s record against his former team.
- 500: Career NHL assists for Sergei Gonchar.
- 0: Goals for David Booth, who had a three-game scoring streak snapped.

YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

This neat note from Florida’s recent loss to the Washington Capitals. While the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin is often criticized for taking lengthy shifts, he had nothing on the Panthers’ Stephen Weiss during their weekend tilt. The combination of a non-whistle power play, followed by sustained pressure in the Florida zone and an icing call forced Weiss to stay out for 5:43 without a rest.

FEAST OR FAMINE

The officials running Thursday night’s game (Marc Joannette and Greg Kimmerly) were so whistle-happy in the opening period, you half expected them to dole out two minutes for ‘giving the evil eye.’ They called six minors — including on Dmitry Kulikov just nine seconds after puck drop — then followed up with zero calls in Period 2. They returned to their heavy-handed ways with the Lessard penalty in the third, which was an obvious overreaction in the wake of the Zdeno Chara/Max Pacioretty controversy.

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