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LIVE! From Senator Country

TedwilliamsKANATA, Ontario -- Good evening hockey fans, greetings from atop Scotiabank Place outside Capital City Canada.

Clintonobama Panthers taking on the Ottawa Senators tonight in a big clash as Florida tries desperately to get out of last place in the Southeast Division. Florida is also ranked 14th in the east right now.

I know, it's very early.

The Panthers have lost four straight here and seven of the past eight to the Sens. Last win here came in a meaningless contest when Florida was already knocked out of the playoffs and Ottawa was safe as a bug in the proverbial rug. We'll see what happens here tonight. The Sens coach (not Ted Williams) ripped them for a sorry effort over the weekend. Changed up the lines too.

Mccain Will be back in a bit. Tonight's game is on TSN throughout Canada and in the US on the Center Ice package.

-- For the second straight night, Florida wearing their home blues on the road. In Montreal, it was because the Expos wanted to wear their throwback duds. Don't know what the deal is here. Ottawa is sporting their usual ugly unis with the Trojan Man on the front. He is quite mean looking though!

-- Good to see Barry Melrose get his first win as manager of the Devil Rays last night...

--Lot of empty seats in here. I think hockey might be in trouble up here in Canada. Kansas City Senators?

GAME ON! GAME ON!

--This is the place Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard became Panthers. Wonder if they think about that. I sure do.

-- Have Randy and Bomber sitting behind me in the press box. My first radio broadcast of the year. Digging it...

Tedkennedy PANTHERS SCORE, TAKE THE FIRST LEAD...NASTY BAD GOAL BY GERBER...ROSTISLAV OLESZ PUSHES IT THROUGH...4:45 IN....FLA 1, OTT 0

THE BOO BIRDS ARE OUT...NATHAN HORTON TOP SHELF WHERE GRANDMA MOLLER KEEPS THE COOKIES...AT 5:33, IT'S 2-0 FLORIDE...

-- Crowd cheers when Gerber makes a save. That's baby stuff...

Bobgraham --Aggressive coaching by Pete DeBoer...pulls the goalie midway through first....oh wait, it's a delayed penalty...my bad...

-- OTT Luke Richardson for Elbowing at 9:41

-- Panther PP:Nothing...good kill for the Sens...

--Panthers get some chances, big shot by Frolik...no goal, but another PP chance...

OTT Chris Phillips in the box @ 16:15; FLA now 5-for-24 with the advantage...

-- Make that 5-for-25....and that was ugly, save for Nate saving the puck with a nice kick...anywho, Panthers now going on the kill...

FLA Gregory Campbell for hooking (a victimless crime which is legal in Europe and parts of Nevada) at 18:40....

Bobdole PS: High powered Sens now being outshot 11-2. Think that's about to change...

--Sens goal with 3.5 seconds waved off for a high stick...some fans still cheering, some booing...they are looking it over...

-- No goal say the folks in Toronto...Panthers dodge a big one...

END OF 1 IN OTTAWA: FLORIDA 2, OTTAWA 0

-- OK, almost done with my popcorn and still have most of my Canada Dry left so I guess it's time to start the second period. Sens still on the power play, 39 seconds left when we return. Florida outshoots the Sens 11-3 in the opening period.

Jfk FLA Noah Welch goes in for hooking @ 1:56...Sens back on the PP

DANIEL ALFREDSSON DOES IT AGAIN, SCORES AGAINST THE PANTHERS.. ITS 2-1 AT 2:23...

-- Panthers back on the power play...downloading some music to Ipod so I may be a little slow on the dial...

WELCOME BACK TO OTTAWA MR STILLMAN: CORY STILLMAN KEEPS PUCK ALIVE, ENDS UP BEATING GERBER AND MAKING IT 3-1, NOW LESS THAN 8 MINUTES LEFT IN THE SECOND...

-- Panthers right back on the power play...Stillman's goal came after the PP ended, so FLA goes into this one 0-for-3 on PP this chilly eve..

-- The power play, it's not so good...

-- Skrastins into the box late in the second...

END OF 2, FLA 3-1

-- Back to game action; scoresheet says Horton scored second goal but don't know how that is..it was Stillman...

-- Back to 5-on-5, good kill for the Cats...

Johnquincy -- Radek Dvorak into the box at 3:50...two minutes, he feels shame...

-- Panthers kill things off as Sens are getting in a frisky mood. Anderson has been nothing short of fantastic tonight. Remember when Sens wouldn't take a shot? That's changed. Shots now: Ott 30, Fla 20.

-- Alright kiddies, this is going to be it for me -- unless something drastic changes....it's 3-1 with 3:41 to go...and I gots work to do...enjoy the rest of the game, and please, drive carefully.

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