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SUNRISE (The Sports Xchange) – Centers Brandon Pirri and Aleksander Barkov scored in the shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at BB&T Center on Tuesday.
Center Corban Knight scored in regulation for Florida (19-12-4), and centers Jaromir Jagr and Quinton Howden had assists.
Ottawa right winger Mark Stone scored a power-play goal on assists from defenseman Erik Karlsson and center Mika Zibanejad.
Goaltender Craig Anderson made 39 saves for Ottawa (17-12-6). Florida goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 15 shots.
Pirri scored in Florida’s first attempt, and Barkov followed on the third as Florida won the shootout 2-0.
Stone tipped in a long shot from Karlsson 1:31 into the third period after the Panthers were caught with too many men on the ice. The goal tied the game at 1-1 despite Florida outshooting Ottawa 32-12 through two periods.
Stone recorded his eighth goal of the season and first since Dec. 5 against the New York Islanders.
The Senators had just two shots on goal in the third.
Playing in just his fifth game after being called up by Florida on Dec. 14, the 25-year-old Knight took a pass from Howden and skated in on Anderson, then whistled a wrist shot past the former Florida goalie on the blocker side.
Jagr kept the play alive by controlling the puck along the Florida boards and allowing Knight and Howden to hop over the boards for a line change.
The goal was the first with the Panthers, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. However, Florida eventually traded him for a fourth-round pick to Calgary, where he scored one goal in seven games with the Flames.
Florida re-acquired him on Jan. 9, 2015, in exchange for center Drew Shore.
Jagr, Florida’s leading scorer entering the game with 24 points, was injured midway through the first period, but he missed less than four minutes of game time. With the Panthers on the power play after Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki was called for interference, Jagr was struck in the mouth during a collision in front of the Ottawa goal by the stick of right winger Alex Chiasson at 10:09 of the first period.
Jagr fell to the ice and bled from the mouth, and Florida trainers came to assist him.
He returned with just under seven minutes left to the rousing cheers of the Florida fans and played on the club’s second power play, but neither team scored in the first period.
NOTES: Ottawa called up LW Ryan Dzingel from its AHL affiliate in Binghamton on Monday. … The Senators scratched RW Bobby Ryan and D Cody Ceci, while LW Clarke MacArthur, LW Milan Michalek and D Chris Phillips are on injured reserved. … Florida recalled struggling C Dave Bolland (one goal, four assists in 25 games) on Monday from AHL Portland after a conditioning stint, but he was scratched, as was LW Connor Brickley. … To make room for D Alex Petrovic and C Derek MacKenzie returning to the lineup, Florida demoted C Rocco Grimaldi and D Dylan Olsen on Monday.
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