Posted November 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist to help the Ottawa Senators beat Florida 3-2 on Saturday, spoiling Peter Horachek's debut as the Panthers' coach. Horachek was promoted from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio on Friday after the club fired Kevin Dineen and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay. The Panthers have lost eight in a row to fall to 3-10-4. Original Florida captain Brian Skrudland - who had been serving as the team's director of player development - and former Panthers center John Madden replaced Murphy and Ramsay. Mika Zibanejad and Clarke McArthur also scored for Ottawa, and Robin Lehner made 25 saves. The Senators have won three straight to improve to 7-6-4. Nick Bjugstad and Marcel Goc scored for Florida. Tim Thomas made 28 saves in his first game back after missing six straight because of a lower-body injury. Trailing 3-1, the Panthers had a two-man advantage for 1:17 in the third period. They controlled the puck for nearly the entire time, but had only three shots. Less than 3 minutes after the second penalty ended, Goc beat Lehner with a wrist shot to pull the Panthers to within a goal. The Senators scored the only goal of the second period and that came on the front end of a 5-on-3 power play. After passing the puck around the Panthers' end, McArthur was finally able to but a one-timer past Thomas after a pass from defenseman Erik Karlsson. Two quick goals by the Senators put the Panthers on their heels early. from. The first goal came off the stick of Turris, but Bobby Ryan made it possible. After breaking in a lone only to be stopped by Thomas, Ryan followed the puck to the corner and sent a pass to Turris at the edge of the faceoff circle and Turris promptly beat Thomas at 1:45. Just 19 seconds later, following a Florida turnover, Zibanejad scored from behind the net as he banked a shot off Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson and in. Exactly one minute after that the Panthers got on the board on a great effort from Bjugstad and a lapse in judgment from Karlsson, who seemed to turn away from the forward who was allowed to cut to the front of the net and jam the puck past Lehner. Notes: Ryan extended his point streak to six games. .. Dineen's coaching record with the Panthers was 56-62-28, including 3-9-4 this season.

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