Some Things worth Noting ...

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

PAYER OUT:The Panthers were without F Serge Payer last night. The Rockland native missed his third-straight game with a rib injury. The Panthers also scratched recently acquired D Steve Montador and D Sean Hill (groin).

SENATORS OUT: The Senators had injuries of their own. They were without F Martin Havlat (shoulder), D Wade Redden (knee) and D Zdeno Chara (suspended).

HAMMER TIME: It didn't take long for Senators defenceman Andrej Meszaros to make his presence felt. He hammered Florida forward Rostislav Olesz with a big hit at the Panthers blue line less than two minutes into the game.

NEIL SNIPING: With his ninth goal of the season last night, Senators winger Chris Neil is now within one of his previous single-season best.


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