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SENS AGAIN: Panthers Squander 2-0 Lead, Lose 4-2 to Ottawa

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The Panthers got the start they were hoping for Tuesday night although their two early power play goals didn't hold up for long.

Ottawa, which has struggled almost as badly as Florida this year, scored four unanswered goals to beat the Panthers 4-2 in front of a friends-and-family gathering at BB&T Center.

Florida has lost three straight and five of the past six.

"This is frustrating. It's not fun,'' said defenseman Brian Campbell, whose team led 2-0 less than nine minutes into the game.

"I feel like we're close but we keep making major mistakes that cost us. They don't seem to leave our game.''

Florida's power play got things going early with Jonathan Huberdeau scoring the opening goal on a 5-on-3 chance by following up Tomas Fleischmann rebound. Fleischmann's assist marked his first point in 10 games.

Campbell made it 2-0 on the extended power play chance by roofing a shot past former Florida goalie Craig Anderson.

Ottawa, which took 21 shots in the opening period, closed the first with goals from Joe Corvo and Erik Condra. Corvo's goal was a 55-foot wrister from just inside the blue line, the puck zipping over Tim Thomas' right shoulder.

Ottawa spent much of the second on the power play, cashing in late in the period when another long shot from Corvo hit teammate Colin Greening and bounced over Thomas' head.

Greening's goal served as the game-winner as Bobby Ryan tacked on the fourth goal with 8:08 left to put the Panthers away.

"We had a great start then got into penalty trouble,'' said Scottie Upshall, who was flagged for three of Florida's eight infractions. "I thought our penalty kill did a great job but you can't build momentum when you are killing and not creating offense. My two penalties in the offensive zone were unacceptable. I can't be doing that.''

-- Tuesday's announced attendance of 10,074 was the lowest in six seasons. The Panthers announced a crowd of 10,063 on Halloween night in 2008 against the Hurricanes.

-- Florida is 0-2 against the Sens this year and just 3-13-1 against Ottawa since the start of the 2009-10 season.



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Can't blame Kouli again , eh Einsteins?

This team really really stinks. Scotty Bowman wouldn't be able to do any better with it. Loved Santos at the first intermission saying that you can't expect things to happen overnight. Well, this bunch has been in charge for three years and things just get progressively worse. There is no way to become competitive unless you're willing to spend the money to acquire NHL caliber players. Then again why would anyone want to play here when they constantly see all the conspicuous empty seats especially at mid-ice in Club Dead. Could a more stupid move be made than to place this money grabbing gimmick in a spot visible on TV every time the teams skate up and down the ice? The smart thing would have been to locate it on the penalty box side of the ice. But smart doesn't apply to this franchise.

the panthers I'm sorry I forgot they changed their name to the "pathetic".

Here we go again, wait for the young guys to develop "Weiss", "Horton" & "Bouw".

Here is my list of players on the panthers that are untouchables:

Yes none, this team continues to fail at drafting, signing, developing.

I have to agree that you don't change overnight, however, you do get better not worse.

We continue to do the same thing, sign over the hill players while we wait for players to develop that don't develop and then we trade them away.

Tallon continues to trade for retreads that he drafted and Chicago rejected.

The real question is was Chicago's growth because of Tallon or was it others in the organization.

For the next 10 years we will be watching as Seth Jones a stud blossoms into a superstar and we have just very good players.

Ownership needs to sit down with someone outside the organization and ask these simple questions.

Is it scouting? Is it development? Is it the GM?

Too many penalties, Gilbert is terrible (again), panthers fail to capitalize on chances, while the other team cashes in on their chances.

Story of the season. The team looks better under horacek, effort-wise. But, if the losing trend continues, itll go back to the dineen-era level of play.

Trade kulikov, give away gilbert (waivers).

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