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Florida (11-12-3) at Ottawa (10-10-4), 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators look for

their third consecutive victory when they host the Florida

Panthers on Monday.

Spezza recorded his second career hat trick Saturday as the

Senators cooled off the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-2 victory.

Alex Auld stopped 17 shots and Dany Heatley notched a pair of

assists for the Senators, who have won four of their last five

contests.

"It was nice to see Spezza have a good game like that," captain

Daniel Alfredsson said. "I think overall today, we did a good

job with the puck. We didn't turn it over much and we forced

them to play in their own end quite a bit. The only time they

had some possession was on the power play, and our

penalty-killers did a good job. And (Auld) played well, too."

Spezza, who scored all three goals in the second period, hopes

the win over the reigning Eastern Conference champion Penguins

can be a springboard for the rest of the season.

"They're one of the best teams in the East, and they're a team

that we know if you want to win, you're probably going to have

to go through, so we just have to make up points in the

standings," Spezza said. "We've kind of put ourselves in a bit

of a spot, and now we're slowly getting ourselves out of it."

The Panthers will try to bounce back from a 4-0 setback to the

Boston Bruins. The loss snapped Florida's three-game winning

streak.

Craig Anderson has started the last five games for the Panthers,

but usual starter Tomas Vokoun likely will be back in the

crease.

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