Some clouds
70°
Some clouds
Hi 80° | Lo 59°

Senators Improve to 3-0

  • Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (19) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (19) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (19) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (19) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7), of Russia, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7), of Russia, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7), of Russia, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7), of Russia, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Ottawa Senators defensemen Marc Methot (3) and Chris Phillips (4) celebrate Phillips' goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (19) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall (19) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7), of Russia, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7), of Russia, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Sunrise, Fla. — Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the Ottawa Senators won their third straight game to start the season, beating the Florida Panthers 3-1 last night.

Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson made 25 saves. Jason Spezza added an empty-net goal with 1:16 remaining.

Tomas Fleischmann scored and Jose Theodore stopped 34 of 36 shots for Florida. The defending Southeast Division champions fell to 1-3.

Ottawa has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the teams.

Theodore stopped Guillaume Latendresse on a penalty shot with 9:11 left in the third period. Brian Campbell was called for hooking Latendresse as the Senators player skated in on goal.

Islanders 7, Maple Leafs 4

Toronto — Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner scored two goals each, and New York rallied over Toronto.

Moulson had one of four third-period goals for the Islanders (2-1), who overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit. Grabner had two goals, and Keith Aucoin also scored in the third for New York.

Toronto (2-2) fell to 0-2 at home after a solid 5-2 win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Frustrated fans chanted “Let’s go Blue Jays” with 2:40 remaining.

Flyers 2, Rangers 1

Philadelphia — Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored to help the Flyers win their first game of the season.

The Flyers not only avoided their first 0-4 start in team history, they beat the Rangers for the first time in two seasons. The Rangers defeated the Flyers all six games last season, including a win in the Winter Classic.

Both teams are last in the Atlantic Division at 1-3.

The Flyers needed the good news after they learned All-Star forward Scott Hartnell is expected to miss four to eight weeks because of a broken left foot.

Forward Brayden Schenn also served a one-game suspension for charging New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Philadelphia also played without forward Danny Briere (broken left wrist).

Hurricanes 6, Sabres 3

Raleigh, n.c. — Eric Staal scored three goals, Jeff Skinner added two and the Hurricanes earned their first victory of the season.

Skinner and Staal scored 9 seconds apart during Carolina’s four-goal second period that also included a short-handed score by Justin Faulk.

Canadiens 4, Capitals 1

Washington — Andrei Markov’s resurgence continued with a goal and an assist, and Montreal cruised over the Capitals, who are 0-3 for the first time in nearly two decades.

Finally healthy after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee, Markov was part of a second-period spree in which the Canadiens scored in all sorts of ways against a Capitals team that is out of sorts.

In order, Montreal’s goals came 5-on-3, 5-on-4 and 5-on-5 in a little over 6 minutes to take a 3-0 lead.

Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price made 30 saves. Montreal, the worst team in the Eastern Conference a year ago, has won two straight under new coach Michel Therrien since opening the season with a loss to Toronto.