Senators Lose 3-2 (OT) to Flyers

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The Senators win streak was put to the test Saturday afternoon as they took on the Flyers.  Their last meeting on October 18th saw Philadelphia come into Scotiabank Place and run over the Senators, 7-2.  It was so bad that the team held a player’s meeting immediately after the completion of the game. 

So, when the Senators were holding their own throughout early play, things were looking up.  But all that changed when Danny Briere was able to grab his own rebound of a whiffed shot and shoot it by Anderson to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.  After that, either the Senators defence became intimidated or the Flyers forwards got a boost of confidence, because the majority of play remained in Ottawa’s offensive zone.  If not for some timely goaltending and a bit of luck, this game would have been out of hand after 20 minutes.  

The Senators came out a bit more focused in the second period.  Ottawa was spending more time in the Flyers end of the rink and eventually pressed enough to get some penalty calls.  Consecutive minors to Braydon Coburn & Matt Carle gave the Sens a 5 on 3 and they would end up making Philadelphia pay.  Just 7 seconds into the 2-man advantage, Milan Michalek scored his 20th goal of the season & his first since returning from concussion, to tie the game at 1. 

Just before the end of the frame, there would be a bit of a situation.  Kyle Turris & Danny Briere would get locked up behind the play and eventually be called for minors on each other.  Once their penalties were served, the two would faceoff and immediately drop the gloves.  What resulted was a good bout, with the Philly crowd chanting “Danny, Danny” as the players left the ice to go to the locker room.

The third period was full of power-plays.  Unfortunately for the Senators, they were all Flyer power-plays.  The Senators were called for too many men on the ice two times in a row, increasing the Flyer PP chances to 5 on the game.  It wasn’t until the 6th attempt, a goaltender interference call on Kyle Turris, that the Broadstreet Bullies were able to capitalize.  Danny Briere was able to redirect a Kimmo Timonen shot for his 2nd goal of the game and once again it was tied.

On to overtime where the Senators have had some success over the past couple of weeks.  However, after some spectacular saves by Ilya Bryzgalov & Craig Anderson, it looked as though this one wasn’t going to be resolved in the extra frame and was going to go to a shootout.  But with 6 seconds remaining, Danny Briere received a pass while behind the Senators net, skated in front and deposited his second effort through Craig Anderson to complete the hat-trick and give the Flyers a 3-2 win. 

This game signified just how far this Senator team has come since early October.  Ottawa stood toe-to-toe with one of the elite of the Eastern Conference and could have easily come away with 2 points.  One aspect that they will have to work on is their discipline/line changing as they can not afford to give up 6 power-plays to any opponent.  The Senators PK was 5 for 6, but Philadelphia’s 1 successful attempt tied the game and sent it to extra time.

The two teams play again tomorrow afternoon at 5:00pm in Ottawa.  Should be a good one.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Anderson & Turris (video)


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