Senators Win 3-1 Over Flyers

This game was an absolute must-win for the Senators as the logjam between 5th & 9th in the Eastern Conference was separated by a mere 2 points. A loss could potentially drop them into a tie for 8th, a position they never thought they would be in a couple of weeks ago.

Ottawa got off to a good start as Marc Methot rushed up the ice and sent a soft pass to Zack Smith, sending him in on a breakaway. Smith deked out Ilya Bryzgalov with a beautiful backhand move and put the Senators ahead 1-0.

But the Flyers would tie it up while shorthanded when Simon Gagne’s shot towards the net was deflected by Claude Giroux and past Robin Lehner. It was the first shorthanded goal the Senators had allowed all season and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

So it came down to the third period before a winner would be determined. While skating up ice, Mika Zibanejad was clipped in the face by Claude Giroux’s stick, resulting in a 4-minute power-play. Just 31 seconds in, Patrick Wiercioch sent Colin Greening in alone on Bryzgalov, beating him top shelf and it was 2-1.

A Daniel Alfredsson empty-netter sealed the deal as Ottawa won 3-1 over the Flyers and snapped their 5-game losing streak.

Notes: With the empty-net goal (his 10th of the season), Daniel Alfredsson has now scored in the double-digits for 17 straight seasons.

In his NHL debut, Jean-Gabriel Pageau was extremely impressive. He logged 11:17 of ice time, was a +1, recorded an assist on Alfredsson’s empty-netter and played in the dying minutes up by 1 goal. Obviously, Coach MacLean took notice.

Alfredssson, Greening, Pageau, Lehner & MacLean post-game (Senstv)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=237746

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