Recat: Jagtacular

Jaromir Jagr scored twice as the Panthers kept pace at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Florida collected two points in Ottawa, defeating the Senators, 4-2 late Sunday afternoon. Jaromir Jagr had two goals for the playoff cause.

After a scoreless first period which saw the Panthers outshoot Ottawa 14-to-9, Florida finally got on the board when Jagr slid a power play marker past former Panther Craig Anderson at the 7:46 mark of the middle frame. It was Jagr's 14th of the campaign, and came with assists for Dmitry Kulikov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Eight minutes later, the Panthers added another power play goal when Jussi Jokinen tallied his eighth of the year, with assists for Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell. The second period would end with Florida outshooting the Sens, 14-to-7 through the 20 minutes.

The third period would see Erik Karlsson draw a slashing penalty from Vincent Trocheck, then make Florida pay a minute into it with his 20th of the season, with assists from Kyle Turris and Matt Stone.

With six minutes remaining in regulation, Jagr challenged and beat the Senators, on a one-on-four break. He took a cross-ice pass from Huberdeau, lined up for a slap shot, causing Anderson to commit, then slickly wrapped the puck around the far post for a 3-1 lead.

The Sens would get one back with less than three minutes left in the third when Jean-Gabriel Pageau slid a perfect dish from Mike Hoffman to cut the lead back to one. Cody Ceci earned the second assist on the play.

Bolland capped the game off with the rarest of all things, a Panthers shorthanded goal. After a Tomas Kopecky call for high sticking, Bolland collected the puck in the defensive zone while the Sens were skating six-on-four and shot it the length of the ice. The final margin was Panthers 4-2. It was only Bolland's fifth of the year, assisted by Willie Mitchell.

Next up for the Panthers? A shot at true serendipity in the form of the Boston Bruins. More on the wretched Senators can be found at Silver Seven, but you really don't want to go there, do you?