Cats Quickies: Karlsson, Andy lead Sens over Panthers 2-1

Erik Karlsson: half the stick, twice the goals

Final - 3.10.2011 1 2 3 Total
Ottawa Senators 0 0 2 2
Florida Panthers 0 0 1 1

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A total of 3 goals were produced on 73 shots Thursday between the Ottawa Senators and host Florida Panthers, indicative of offensive struggles both clubs have endured for considerable time.

It truly was a twenty-minute affair; very little to write home about through the first two periods beyond a barrage of penalties - six in the opening 13 minutes - slowing the pace to a crawl until the final frame, when everyone involved apparently realized a game was up for grabs to whomever chose to take it.

Sens' defenseman - and leading scorer - Erik Karlsson decided he'd seen enough, banging in two quick goals in a span of 3:38, the second on a power play as Mike Santorelli sat following a hooking call.

Craig Anderson was everything we in South Florida know him to be when he's in top form: 33 saves - 15 in the third period - were enough to give the UFA-to-be his sixth win in nine games for Ottawa. He's allowed 1 goal or less in seven of those starts. Incredible.

At the other end, Tomas Vokoun was his generally reliable self, allowing a scant 2 goals on 39 shots with the only offensive support coming from the hands of defenseman Clay Wilson's second of the year. Taken a look at his numbers this season? 5 games, 2g, +2, 3 hits, 4 blocked shots, 8 SOG.

Notes:  Assists (OTT) - Filip Kuba, Nick Foligno, Bobby Butler, Sergei Gonchar; (FLA) - Niclas Bergfors, Michal RepikJason Garrison led in TOI (23:09) and hits (4...not a good sign).  Karlsson had 10 SOG; Mike Santorelli had 1.  Stephen Weiss went 10-7 on faceoffs.  More from Silver Seven here.

Next up:  Tampa Bay on Saturday; Live Game Thread at 6:30 (this will be another "road trip" thread with Raw Charge; details to follow).

Also:  Injured Florida center Shawn Matthias will be at Slainte Irish Pub in Boynton Beach today for a St. Baldrick's fundraising event at 7 pm. Further details from the club here.

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