Ottawa 4, Florida 3 (OT)

Ottawa won its third game in a row with an overtime victory.  Florida was the better team in the first period, but the Sens were able to stay in it and eventually get the lead–which they surrendered twice, including late in the third, before winning in overtime.  Nick Foligno was thrown out of the game early in the second period for a hit on Ellerby and Matt Carkner spent most of the game riding the pine playing a team low 5:01.  It wasn’t a good night for the officials (Tim Peel and Justin St. Pierre), but ultimately it did not decide the game.  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:
1. Neil (Karlsson, Alfredsson) (pp)
A great deflection in front
2. Florida, Repik (pp)
Versteeg puts it off Repik’s skate and in
3. Alfredsson (Neil) (pp)
Clemmensen turns it over behind the net and Alfredsson bats it out of the air via Neil’s centering pass
4. Florida, Matthias (pp)
Carkner chases a blocked shot towards the blueline and neither Konopka nor Daugavins cycle back to cover for him, leaving Matthias wide open who scores from inside the faceoff dot
5. Karlsson (Alfredsson, Greening)
A laser shot to the top-corner via a Jason Spezza screen
6. Florida, Kopecky
Slides it under Anderson driving across the crease–a bad goal
7. Butler (Turris, Cowen)
His hard pass deflects in off Campbell

Top-performers:
Daniel Alfredsson – a three-point night and he was strong defensively
Chris Neil – a goal and an assist along with some thundering hits
Erik Condra – yeoman’s work defensively and he created offensive chances

Players who struggled: no one particularly stood out in this regard, although an extra save from Craig Anderson would have eliminated the three-point game.

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