By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
After a disastrous blowout loss to the Sharks just 24 hours ago, it’s time to get back on the right track versus the Senators, who are also off to a slow start of their own.
First period: The Sens started the game on the powerplay thanks to an opening minute high-stick from Nolan Patrick, but they failed to convert on the chance. Ottawa would score on the powerplay after a review determined that Tierney didn’t kick it and it bounced off of Brady Tkachuk for his first NHL goal. Voracek would answer back on the powerplay redirecting a Gostisbehere point shot. Overall it was a much better period by the Flyers as they looked to rebound after the Sharks game.
Second period: Nolan Patrick did not come out to start the period. It would later be announced he would not return with an upper-body injury. Tkachuk would bury his second of the game with a laser from the top of the circle. It only took a minute-and-a-half before Couturier knocked home a rebound, tying the game again. Voracek showed off his precision with shot on a two-on-one that went right through Anderson’s five-hole.
After some pushing and shoving in front of the net, a mini line brawl broke out, even though there wasn’t much action, the Senators still emerged with a powerplay. Thankfully, Dzingel would draw a questionable goalie interference call just seconds later to cancel it out. Lajoie would score on a powerplay, but Laughton would give the Flyers the lead as the second period came to an end with a sweet backhand.
Third period: The flurry of penalties didn’t stop in the third period, but it didnt keep the Flyers from scoring as Hagg and Giroux scored back-to-back goals. The Senators had one last goal on the powerplay, but Laughton would finally silence them with an empty net goal to secure the 7-4 victory.
Takeaways: It was another battle of the special teams, which isn’t ideal, but it worked in the Flyers favor tonight. Really a great team effort all around, especially since Patrick went down with an injury.
Three stars of the game:
3) Calvin Pickard
2) Scott Laughton
1) Jake Voracek
OTT: Tkachuk (Tierney, Lajoie)
PHI: Voracek (Gostisbehere, Giroux)
OTT: Tkachuk (Boedker, Chabot)
PHI: Couturier (Gudas, Voracek)
PHI: Voracek (Gudas)
OTT: Lajoie (Tierney, Tkachuk)
PHI: Laughton (Weise, MacDonald)
PHI: Hagg (Raffl, Weise)
PHI: Giroux (Gostisbehere, Voracek)
OTT: Lajoie (Tierney, Boedker)
PHI: Laughton (Voracek, Gudas)
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