The Senators skated to centre ice to salute their fans as the final buzzer sounded Monday night. No place like home. The doors to Scotiabank Place were officially unlocked to welcome back the Senators Monday night and nobody looked more at home than centre Kyle Turris with two-goal effort in a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers. Goaltender Craig Anderson, who upped his lifetime record to 8-0-1 vs. the Panthers, recorded the 20th shutout of his career. He didn't have a lot of tough saves on the 31 shots he faced, but he had to withstand a pushback in the third. Ottawa rookie winger Jakob Silfverberg scored his first NHL goal at 18:56 of the third and Jim O'Brien scored with 2:25 left to put it away on a tough night for the Panthers. There just doesn't seem to be any stopping Turris. He scored his third of the season _ and second of the night _ when he perfectly redirected the puck by Jose Theodore on the stick side at 12:07 of the second to give the Senators a 2-0 lead. "It was a good win. We came out skating really good and we had good legs," said Turris, who has three goals in the club's first two victories this season. "I feel really good. I needed to work to get stronger on my skates and I really felt like I improved going into this year." The Senators hadn't seen their fans since they were knocked out of the playoffs last spring by New York Rangers. They were able to send the full house of 19,952 home happy and there's no reason they won't be back. "Our whole team was comfortable," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "I thought we came out a little cautious in Winnipeg and didn't know what to expect. We came out hard from the beginning (Monday). "We didn't wait for anything to happen. We took charge right away. We used the energy from the crowd and got going quick. I thought we could have had one or two more goals to give ourselves a bit more comfort. (Anderson) played unbelievable." Alfredsson is right on that point. Anderson didn't have to be great for much of the night because he just wasn't that busy. In fact, he went 20 minutes without a shot in the first and part of the second. But, he stepped up with 15 saves in the third as the Panthers tried to get something going.
Ottawa Senators shut out Florida Panthers in home opener
Ottawa Sun | Jan 22