Sens Beat Panthers to Snap Skid

5-4 win ends seven-game losing streak
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 11:30 PM CST
Florida Panthers' Garth Murray (17) and Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil (25) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After winning 16 of their first 19 games, one of the best starts to a season ever, the Ottawa Senators perplexingly dropped seven games in a row. They finally got back on track with a 5-4 win against the Florida Panthers. “It’s a little bit of relief and should give us some confidence,” said Senator captain Daniel Alfredsson after the victory, reports the Ottawa Sun.

Ottawa goalie Ray Emery made his second consecutive start and came up big for the Senators by stopping a Kamil Kreps penalty shot in the third period. He finished the night with 21 saves. Randy Robitaille had two goals for Ottawa and Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist. Olli Jokinen had three points, two goals and an assist for Florida.