Karlsson, Senators beat Panthers 3-1 to open 3-0

Karlsson, Senators beat Panthers 3-1 to open 3-0
January 24, 2013, 10:17 pm
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Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the Ottawa Senators won their third straight game to start the season, beating the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Thursday night.

Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson made 25 saves. Jason Spezza added an empty-net goal with 1:16 remaining.

Tomas Fleischmann scored and Jose Theodore stopped 34 of 36 shots for Florida. The defending Southeast Division champions fell to 1-3.

Ottawa has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the teams.

Theodore stopped Guillaume Latendresse on a penalty shot with 9:11 left in the third period. Brian Campbell was called for hooking Latendresse as the Senators player skated in on goal.