|Spezza scores the winner in shootout|
The Flyers carried a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period; however, the Senators were not only able to tie it, but they took a 4-3 lead by the halfway mark. Then it was the Flyers who were forced to battle back and they did forcing overtime and then a shootout.
Both the Senators and the Flyers have historically been bad shootout teams, so it could have gone either way. But this time it was the Senators who came out on top when Jason Spezza, Ottawa's final shooter, beat Steve Mason on a nice backhand to forehand. Sean Couturier had the final shot to tie the shootout but hit the post giving the Senators their first win against the Flyers this season, out of 3 games.
Tonight's game was filled with bad bounces, lucky breaks, giveaways and takeaways in which both teams took advantage of. 2 goals were scored off skates, 2 were as a result of bad bounces and another from a distance through an accidental screen.
Philadelphia scored the game's first goal when Michael Raffl found Wayne Simmonds' rebound, collecting his first goal of his career.
Ottawa was, however, quick to respond. Spezza tried to spring Clarke MacArthur on a breakaway. His passed bounced off Steve Downie's skate right to MacArthur's stick. While the puck was still bouncing around, MacArthur found control and put it past Steve Mason, who allowed 4 goals in back to back games.
|Raffl scored his first NHL goal|
Just 1:52 minutes later, Luke Schenn gave the Flyers their lead right back. Schenn blasted a shot from the point for his 2nd goal of the season. Philadelphia would carry their 3-2 into the final period, but it didn't last long.
2:21 minutes in, it was MacArthur once again. Bobby Ryan's shot was stopped by Mason, but the rebound bounce off MacArthur's skate and into the back of the net.
Ottawa would regain their lead on another bad bounce. Kyle Turris sent a pass in front of Mason and the puck redirected off Schenn's skate giving the Senators their lead back, 4-3.
Philadelphia finally got a good break, on Kimmo Timonen's tying goal. Timonen keep the puck in at the blue line then threw the puck on net, which somehow managed to get through everyone including a Senators screen and goalie Craig Anderson.
The Flyers made a push in the final minute and then in overtime but Anderson was up to task making some great saves. Then he came up big again in the shootout helping give the Senators their first shootout win of the season.
The Flyers picked up an important point as a result of the overtime and remain only 2 points back, with a game in hand of the New York Rangers for 3rd place.
Philadelphia falls to 13-14-3 on the season.
- The Flyers are currently 2-2-1 on this road trip. They will close out their 6 game road trip against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
- The Flyers lost their first game of the season when scoring 3+ goals.
- Michael Raffl, who scored his first NHL goal, also registered his first multipoint (2) game.
- Flyers fall to 1-2 in shootouts this season.
- Sean Couturier got into his first career NHL fight when he dropped the gloves with Kyle Turris. Turris only has 2 career fights. His first was with Danny Briere.
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.