Senators knock off lowly Panthers

Senators' Marc Methot (left) battles with Panthers' Kris Versteeg during second period action in...

Senators' Marc Methot (left) battles with Panthers' Kris Versteeg during second period action in Ottawa on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

OTTAWA - The clock said 60 minutes but it had been six years.

Tim Thomas is a Senators’ killer no more.

As the snow fell outside the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators finally started digging themselves out of their early season hole with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in front of 16,244 Saturday afternoon.

Thomas, making his first appearance here with Florida, suffered his first loss in Ottawa since Nov. 3, 2007 to end his nine-game winning streak. Clarke MacArthur, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators.

Making his third straight start after taking over for an injured Craig Anderson, goaltender Robin Lehner picked up his third straight victory. Marcel Goc and Nick Bjugstad replied for the Panthers who had new coach Peter Horachek in place.


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