Bobby Butler and Jason Spezza proved the Ottawa Senators can actually win at home.
Butler scored twice while Spezza had a goal and two assists Wednesay as the Senators beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to snap a 10-game losing streak at Scotiabank Place.
“It’s been a while and the crowd was good for us tonight and it was nice to give them a win and get one here at home and end that losing streak,” Spezza said.
The Senators (20-31-9) also registered consecutive wins for the first time in almost two months. Their last win at home was Dec. 26.
Butler has been on quite a roll of late, having registered five goals in five games playing alongside Spezza.
“I feel good in practice with him and he’s a great player so he makes it easier out there to stay confident,” said Butler.
The 23-year-old right-winger failed to register a point in two previous four-game callups from Binghamton of the AHL but now has seven (five goals, two assists) in his current six-game stint with the NHL club.
Ryan Shannon added a power-play goal and an assist, Milan Michalek also scored and goaltender Craig Anderson, a former member of the Panthers, stopped 23 shots to win his second straight start since being acquired from Colorado last week.
Chris Higgins had the lone goal in reply for Florida (25-28-7), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
“That was ugly,” said Panthers coach Peter DeBoer. “Credit to Ottawa, they played hard and did what they had to do to beat us, but we didn’t put up much of a fight.”
In other action, it was: Edmonton Oilers 5, Colorado Avalanche 1; San Jose Sharks 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 in overtime; Tampa Lightning 8, Phoenix Coyotes 3; Buffalo Sabres 4, Atlanta Thrashers 1; and Los Angeles Kings 3, Anaheim Ducks 2
In Ottawa, Scott Clemmensen finished with 29 saves for Florida, which began the night eight points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
With the win, Ottawa avoided tying the franchise record of 11 straight home losses.
Anderson, acquired Friday from the Colorado Avalanche, stopped all 47 shots he faced in his debut with the Senators on Saturday to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in shootout.
“Making good first impressions is key—getting out there and having a good start for a home crowd,” said Anderson. “Guys did their job tonight, scored some goals, made some big plays defensively and made my job real easy.”
At Denver, rookie Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist while goalie Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves for the Oilers. Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle and Kurtis Foster also scored for Edmonton. Milan Hejduk replied for Colorado.
At Pittsburgh, Patrick Marleau scored twice, including the overtime winner as San Jose extended its win streak to five games. Rookie Logan Couture had his club record-tying 25th goal. Tyler Kennedy scored twice for the Penguins.
At Tampa, Fla., Teddy Purcell had his first career hat trick as the Lightning ended Phoenix’s eight-game win streak. Martin Hanzal, Kyle Turris and David Schlemko replied for the Coyotes.
At Buffalo, N.Y., Tyler Myers had a goal and assist as the Sabres snapped a three-game home losing streak before new owner Terry Pegula. Andrew Ladd had the lone goal for the Thrashers.
At Anaheim, Calif., Willie Mitchell snapped a 2-2 third-period tie as Los Angeles ended a 10-game road trip with a 6-1-3 record. Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who lost their fourth straight.