SUNRISE, Fla. — Aleksander Barkov scored twice during Florida’s five-goal second period and the Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.
Frank Vatrano, Troy Brouwer and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored, and James Reimer made 33 saves. Reimer started in place of Roberto Luongo, who was given the night off after playing in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Mike Hoffman had two assists and has points in 12 straight games, one short of Pavel Bure’s franchise record of 13.
Ryan Dzingel scored for the Senators, and Mike McKenna stopped 35 shots in his first start of the season. Regular starter Craig Anderson was given a rest after playing in Saturday’s 6-4 win at Tampa Bay.
Barkov sparked Florida’s big second period by making it 1-1 3:05 in, and Huberdeau put the Panthers ahead with a power-play goal about three minutes later.
The Panthers then scored three goals in a span of 3:14. Barkov’s second goal stretched the lead to 3-1 when he grabbed the puck on a breakaway and fired a shot in at 14:57. Brouwer took a pass from Colton Sceviour from behind the net in front and pushed the puck past McKenna at 16:03 to make the score 4-1. Vatrano’s goal at 18:11 made it 5-1.
Dzingel put the Senators ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal late in the first period. Dzingel’s wrist shot from the slot beat Reimer on the glove side.
NOTES: Dzingel’s goal was his sixth on the road, leading the team. … Hoffman was a member of the Senators from 2011 until 2018, playing in 342 games. He was traded to the Panthers in June 2018. … Panthers forward Juho Lammikko recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Brouwer’s goal. … Evgenii Dadonov extended his points streak to 11 games.
Senators: Host Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Panthers: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
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Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press