By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head to Ottawa to face the Senators looking to avenge an embarrassing loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Nolan Patrick is not in the lineup as he wasnt feeling ready to go after a hit to the head during the previous outing. Taylor Leier steps back into his spot on the fourth line during Patrick’s absence.
First period: The game started with a slashing penalty on Brandon Manning just 36 seconds in. It took Ottawa less than a minute to make them pay as Dion Phaneuf scored on the powerplay with a shot from the point. The Sens take control of the play after the powerplay, but the Flyers swing momentum in their favor at about the five-minute mark. The peak of that momentum ended with a great chance by Matt Read on a deflection, that Anderson saw all the way. Michal Neuvirth came up big with a save on Ryan Dzingel after a bad Gudas turnover.
Mark Boroweicki scored on a shot that redirected off of Travis Sanehim’s stick, that ended his 47-game goal drought. Brassard took a slashing penalty to give the Flyers the powerplay, however, the couldnt capitalize as JG Pageau scored a shorthanded goal. The Sens killed the penalty and Anderson made a huge save on Sean Couturier as the first period come to an end.
Second period: The Second period opened with Craig Anderson and a huge stop on Voracek. Neuvirth started this period a little stronger after a wobbly first period. Mainly a back-and-fourth period until Voracek scored at the 14:30 mark of the period after his shot from behind the goal line bounced off of Phaneuf. 57 seconds later Travis Konecny scored on a breakaway after Gudas stole the puck during a line change. unfortunately the Flyers couldn’t take the lead to the locker room as Mark Stone scored on a fancy backhanded spin-o-rama, but the Flyers didn’t seem to lose the momentum as the period ended.
Third Period: The Flyers start the period hot as they pick up where they left off from the second period. Manning scored from the point with the help of Weal and Simmonds in front bu the goal gets overturned after a questionable goalie interference call. Less than a minute later Tom Pyatt scored on a two-on-one rush. Radko Gudas threw a big check on Chris Wideman who left the game, and Gudas was sent to the lockeroom with a five-minute major for charging. Voracek went to the box for roughing JG Pageau after a breakaway opportunity stopped by Neuvirth.
Karlsson headed to the box for a shashing call, leaving the game at three-on-three for nine seconds. Then a four-on-three powerplay for Ottawa, eventually it all evened out without either team scoring. Provorov nets one after a nice setup from Konecny. Three minutes later Couturier redirected a Gostisbehere point shot. The Flyers were stirring and that culminated in a Wayne Simmonds goal, that again, was overturned. That was the final nail in the Flyers coffin, as they took the loss 5-4.
Takeaways: The bright spots were snuffed out from the negative spots. Though the Flyers had an awful first period and multiple waved off goals, they didn’t seem to give up. Games like this will happen and the best thing to do is just move on.
Three Stars of the Game:
3) Craig Anderson
2) Sean Couturier
1) JG Pageau
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