Senators Win 4-3 (SO) Over Flyers

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Just hours after both the Sabres and Panthers helped the Senators cause by losing, Ottawa took to the ice for their matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers.  The importance of this game was no secret; the Senators needed the 2 points to help secure a playoff spot, while the Flyers wanted the win to acquire home ice advantage in their first round matchup. 

And it was the Senators that came out flying.  By the end of the first, the Senators were up 3-0.  Daniel Alfredsson’s behind the net pass to an off-angle Jason Spezza opened the scoring at 6:04.  The Senators’ captain would then score one of his own when he one-timed an Erik Karlsson stick that deflected by Bobrovsky to make it 2-0.  After a failed clearing attempt, Chris Neil’s snapshot sneaked through the Flyer’s goaltenders pads to give Ottawa their 3 goal lead.  

Mixed within all of the scoring were some tremendous saves by Craig Anderson.  Anderson stopped numerous quality chances by Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr, including a shorthanded breakaway and a point blank shot from in front.  If not for No. 41, the first period could have went in different direction.

The second period, however, did go in a different direction.  The Flyers kept the same pace up and were able to tie the game.  First, Brayden Schenn’s snapshot went off Wayne Simmond’s face and in to make it 3-1.  Then, Sean Couturier beat Erik Karlsson with a fake windup, drove to the net and slid the puck past the red line before it went off its moorings to cut the lead to 1.  Finally, Daniel Briere fed Braydon Coburn, who was able to trickle the puck by a diving Anderson and it was even going into the third.    

The third frame was much more defensive.  Both teams wanted to ensure the single point so neither were particularly risky.  The best chance came within the final few minutes when Jason Spezza came out from behind the net and tried to slide the puck by Bobrovsky, but was unable to get by his pad.    

It was on to overtime, and if not for Craig Anderson, it would’ve ended there.  Anderson made a ton of game-saving stops throughout extra time, killing off  a 4 on 3 power-play and getting a little help from his posts. 

So, with the scores tied at 1 in the shootout, Jason Spezza gave the Senators the lead with a snapshot that was just above Bobrovsky’s pad.  A stop by Anderson on Briere later and the Sens came out with the 4-3 victory.

No break for the Senators as they get the Islanders tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.  Ottawa can clinch a playoff spot with a win in NY if the Sabres lose tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Daniel Alfredsson (audio)

Craig Anderson, Paul MacLean, Daniel Alfredsson & Jason Spezza (video)


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