In the better-late-than-never category, the Panthers have discovered their special teams and re-discovered their backup goalie with nine games remaining. Despite being tripled in shots on goal for most of the night, the Panthers made their only power play of the game count when Dmitry Kulikov scored at 10:47 of the third period for an ugly 2-1 victory over the reeling Ottawa Senators on Sunday. And backup goalie Scott Clemmensen, who has taken on a Maytag repairman-like role since rookie Jacob Markstrom has taken over the net, received his first start in the past seven games and responded with his first win since Feb. 26 (0-5 in his previous eight appearances). "It's been a long time since my last win, unfortunately,'' said Clemmensen, who had a season-high 40 saves. "It's a good feeling, but at the same time you look at your game honestly and I thought my last outing was pretty good but didn't get the win. You learn to control what you can control.'' The Panthers dominated special teams, especially their 30th-ranked PK unit, which stopped the Senators on all five of their power-play opportunities, including a two-man advantage in the final 9.3 seconds.
Clemmensen stars in net and Kulikov scores to lift Panthers to 2-1 win over Sens
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Apr 8