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SENATORS 5, PANTHERS 2

Chris Phillips, the No.

1 draft choice in the 1996 entry draft, scored his first career NHL goal and Daniel Alfredsson scored his seventh in seven games for visiting Ottawa.

With the Panthers leading 1-0 in the first, the Senators scored the next five goals, including two 1:28 apart by Phillips and Alfredsson in the second period.

Florida goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick's 10-month winless streak reached 17 games (0-2-1 this season, 0-9-8 overall). Fitzpatrick started in place of John Vanbiesbrouck, who missed his second game with a strained groin.

Panthers center Rob Niedermayer returned to the ice for the first time since a concussion in the season opener in Philadelphia. Panthers right wing Radek Dvorak broke his left wrist in the final period when he slammed into the boards.

OILERS: Owner Peter Pocklington has agreed to sell his team to Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, the Edmonton Journal reported. Alexander has submitted an offer to purchase the Oilers and will attend a news conference Tuesday at Edmonton.

There were reports last week that Alexander would buy the Oilers for $85-million and keep them in Edmonton for at least three years.

CAPITALS: The team will honor its longtime former captain Rod Langway by retiring his jersey No.

5 before the club's home game Nov. 26. Langway, a five-time All-Star defenseman whose NHL career spanned from 1978-93, played 11 seasons for the Capitals.

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