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Silver Nuggets: Senators beat Panthers; Karlsson hurt

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Look who has his eyes open! (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Look who has his eyes open! (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The Ottawa Senators beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 last night, completing a season sweep of the Panthers. Craig Anderson was solid again, allowing one goal or less for the 10th time in his 15 Ottawa starts. Ridiculous! He's also yet to allow exactly 2 goals in a game for the Senators. I find that odd. If Anderson wins his last 4 games, he will actually tie Brian Elliott for the team lead in wins by a Senator goalie this season.

Erik Karlsson left the game with a lacerated thigh after getting hit with a skate blade. He received 25 stitches but did not tear any of the muscle. He won't play against Toronto.

With the win, the Senators drew level with the Panthers on 70 points and pass them due to more non-shootout wins. The Senators now have 179 goals on the season, 12 behind the franchise record low of 191 in the 1995-1996 season (ignoring the shortened 1994-1995 season). The Senators will need 13 goals in their last 4 games to avoid matching that record.

In other news, Roger Federer will take on Rafael Nadal in the semifinal of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. It will be their first non-final meeting since 2007. Come on Roger! The Blue Jays also open their season tonight against the Twins.

Here are today's links:

Last game

More after the jump.

General Sens News

  • Erik Karlsson won't play tomorrow against Toronto and Cory Clouston does not know if he will play again this year. (Bruce Garrioch, Scott MacArthur)
  • Elliotte Friedman is very impressed with Daniel Alfredsson's tendency to show up for interviews and face the world after tough losses. There is no hiding in our Alfie! Scroll down to the third question. (CBC.ca)
  • Bryan Murray confirms that Stephane Da Costa will play against Toronto tomorrow night. (Ottawa Senators)
  • Da Costa will wear #24. (Ottawa Senators)
  • Robin Lehner will start for Binghamton tonight. (Joy Lindsay)
  • Colin Greening was named third star among last night's games on Yahoo! (Yahoo!)
  • Jason Spezza played doubles with Kim Clijsters against Nik Antropov and Svetlana Kuznetsova. (Sun)

General Hockey News

  • Brad Marchand regrets making a golf swing gesture at the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Yahoo!)
  • Vancouver's famous Green Men taunt Drew Doughty, as well as a guy in a pink shirt that says "Hockey Luvin Homo" behind the Canucks bench. Oh and the Canucks clinched the President's Trophy, are first in goals, goals allowed, power play and penalty kill. But can they beat Chicago in the first round? (Yahoo!)