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Recap: Senators , Panthers
Date: March 31, 2011 7:30 PM EDT
  

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Colin Greening missed a great chance at his first career hat trick. The Ottawa rookie still called it a ``fantastic' night.

Greening scored twice in the second period and the Senators completed a season sweep of the Florida Panthers with a 4-1 victory Thursday night.

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It was the first two-goal outing for Greening, who was playing in his 22nd NHL game after spending most of the season in the minors.

``That was fantastic,' Greening said. ``It's my first multiple-goal game. It's nice to get two goals. I can't really describe the feeling.'

Nick Foligno and Filip Kuba also scored for the Senators, who have won six in a row against Florida dating to last season. Marek Svatos had two assists.

Craig Anderson made 37 saves to improve to 9-4-1 since being acquired in a trade with Colorado in February.

A backup for the Panthers for two seasons, Anderson beat his former team for the third time since joining the Senators. He allowed only one goal in each game.

``It doesn't matter who you play,' Anderson said. ``It just happens to be a team I used to play for. It's just important for us to build something.'

Michal Repik scored for the Panthers, whose season-high losing streak stretched to seven games.

Scott Clemmensen, starting in goal with Tomas Vokoun nursing a back injury, stopped 19 shots.

``Disappointing effort,' Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. ``We haven't had many of them, but that's one for sure. We got beat in a lot of different areas on the ice. Our best players weren't good, from the goalie to the first line to our leading scorer to anybody. It was a rotten game.'

Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, but with the victory the Senators moved into a tie with the Panthers for 27th place in the overall standings. Both teams have 77 points, although the Senators have more regulation victories (27-19).

Greening's first goal at 2:30 of the second period gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead. After a battle along the boards, the puck slid over to Greening, who fired a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Clemmensen.

After Repik made it 2-1 at 6:02, Greening answered only 34 seconds later. Svatos chased down a rebound behind the net and fired a no- look pass to Greening just outside the crease. Greening beat Clemmensen with a wrist shot.

Less than a minute later, Greening took a feed from Jason Spezza with Clemmensen totally out of position. But Greening's tap-in hit the back of Svatos.

``I kind of whiffed on the puck a little bit,' Greening said. ``I thought it was going in the net, but there were like three bodies in front of the net and I remember looking at everybody's pants, and I was like, `Please fall, so I can whack it in.' But it didn't end up going in. The guys were joking, they were like, 'I guess you didn't want it.' It wasn't a lack of passion, it was a lack of scoring.'

Greening had another good scoring chance in the third period, but Clemmensen made a nice leg save off a wrist shot and then stopped Greening's rebound attempt.

Greening finished with a game-high five shots on goal.

``He played well,' Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. ``It was a real good game for him. He had the hat trick on his stick, I'm not sure how he didn't bury it. I thought he did a real good job offensively, but I thought as well he did a good job defensively.'

Kuba made it 4-1 at 14:24 of the second with his first goal in 60 games this season. He beat Clemmensen with a slap over the left shoulder from the top of the right faceoff circle.

``It's been a long time,' said Kuba, who had three goals each of the last two seasons. ``I'm happy that I scored, but one goal is not making a season a lot better anyway. When you can score four goals, it's great, but I don't think we played a really good game. But it counts as two points.'

NOTES: Ottawa D Erik Karlsson left the game in the first period after his right thigh was cut by a skate. Clouston said the cut required ``24-25' stitches. ... Florida went 0 for 3 on the power play, making Ottawa successful on 79 of its last 82 penalty kills. ... The last time the Panthers had lost seven in a row was from Feb. 1-March 2, 2010, when they went 0-6-1. ... The last time the Senators swept the Panthers was in the 2006-07 season. ... Foligno's goal was the 100th point of his career.

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