Panthers Drop Heated Game to Senators

The Panthers and the Senators took part in a hostile game that ended with Ottawa on top on Sunday

The Florida Panthers fell to the Ottawa Senators by a final score of 2-1 on Sunday at BB&T Center.

There was a lot of action besides the scoring in this one, as three fights broke out between the teams. Two minutes into the game, Mark Borowiecki of the Senators and Shawn Thornton picked up fighting penalties. The hostility would continue all game long with roughing and other various penalties.

Early in the third period, Thornton and Ottawa's Chris Neil were each sent to the penalty box for fighting. At the 16:16 mark of that same period, Ryan Dzingel and Reilly Smith each picked up five-minute majors for yet another fight between the clubs.

Florida has now lost three straight games, and it has also dropped four consecutive home games. The Panthers broke up the losses with a five-game road trip, but they have failed to capitalize on that stretch. With this loss, Florida is now 28-23-10 this season.

Ottawa scored the first goal of the game, but Jonathan Marchessault would answer back during the first period. The goal for Marchessault was his 19th of the season. Assisting on the power play goal were Keith Yandle and Jonathan Huberdeau.

James Reimer was in the net for Florida and picked up 31 saves in his 33 opportunities.

The Panthers will wrap up their homestand on Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m.

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