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Game Recap

Flyers rout struggling Senators 7-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Erin Nicks - Correspondent

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Flyers rout struggling Senators 7-2
Philadelphia Flyers 7, Ottawa Senators 2
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Read
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:10
Claude Giroux
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:59
Sean Couturier
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:21
KANATA, Ont. -- The Philadelphia Flyers have known nothing but losing at Scotiabank Place in the past few years. On Tuesday night, they finally got it right.

The Flyers ended a seven-game losing streak in Canada's capital when they trounced the Senators 7-2. Matt Read had the game's first goal and added three assists, while backup goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky sparkled in his first start of the regular season, stopping 28 shots.

The Flyers improved to 4-0-1, beating the Senators for the first time in their building since Nov. 24, 2007, while Ottawa fell to 1-5-0 despite goals by Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson.

The Senators had a 20-minute closed door meeting after the game, and in his post-game comments, Paul MacLean expressed his bitter disappointment with the team’s play.

"I think we stopped playing when they got that first goal and allowed them to get three more," MacLean said. "We’re not very pleased at all with the game or with the effort. We need to have an evaluation of our team, and how we want to work, and how we want to play. Right now, we’re not doing a good job. It’s the same type of game as in Detroit and Toronto -- once they get the three goals on us, I guess the pressure’s off and we can play. We have to start playing at the start of the game."

They didn't do that on Tuesday -- Philadelphia left the Senators in a deep hole after the first period, scoring four goals on 10 shots against backup Alex Auld.

Auld was caught off-guard when Read flicked an easy wrister over his shoulder at 6:20. Wayne Simmonds took advantage of Zack Smith’s boarding penalty at 6:37 and scored the first of Philadelphia's three power-play goals at 8:00, while Claude Giroux added another off feeds from Chris Pronger and Jaromir Jagr at 16:17. Max Talbot padded the lead at the 19-minute mark with his first goal as a Flyer.

The Senators have surrendered 17 first-period goals in their first six games. Auld took the blame for allowing Read's goal and the damage it caused.

"I’m just going speak for myself," Auld said. "Obviously that first goal can’t go in. When you give up a goal like that, even though we got off to a good start, I think it set us back on our heels a bit. They kept coming, and that’s a team that’s going to wait for mistakes, whether it’s by me or someone else. They’re going to pounce on them."

Craig Anderson replaced Auld to start the second period and kept the Flyers off the board until Alfredsson fed Spezza on a give-and-go at 18:59, giving the Senators some hope going into the third period.

 "The second period, I thought we stopped moving our feet a little bit," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "We took some penalties, but we got going back in the third period again, and back to our game."

Laviolette was pleased with the play of Read, an undrafted rookie who was named the game’s first star.

"Since training camp he’s been excellent," Laviolette said. "He’s a skilled guy; he’s a smart two-way player, so we play him in a lot of different situations. He plays all different positions, and since he’s come in he’s been a really nice asset for us up front."

Anderson kept it a three-goal game before the Flyers blew it wide open in the final five minutes. James Van Riemsdyk tipped in Matt Carle's point shot for a power-play goal at 15:25. Sean Couturier, the Flyers' top draft pick last June, scored his first NHL goal 55 seconds later. Rookie Harry Zolnierczyk, called up from AHL Adirondack earlier in the day, celebrated his NHL debut by scoring the Flyers' final goal with 45 seconds to play.

Karlsson scored with 20 seconds left and now leads all NHL defensemen with eight points. But his team has allowed 14 goals in its last two home games and has yet to win in regulation.

"We have to be more accountable, figure out what our identity is and be better to a man," defenseman Chris Phillips said. "We can't go home thinking 'I had my guy and everyone else did a bad job.' We have to take a long hard look at ourselves and figure out how we can be better and how each guy can help out the team more."
scoring summary
1st Period
Matt Read (2) ASST: Sean Couturier (2), Matthew Carle (2)
1 - 0 PHI
PPG - Wayne Simmonds (2) ASST: Matt Read (2), Claude Giroux (3)
2 - 0 PHI
PPG - Claude Giroux (4) ASST: Chris Pronger (5), Jaromir Jagr (4)
3 - 0 PHI
Max Talbot (1) ASST: Matt Read (3), Scott Hartnell (2)
4 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
Jason Spezza (2) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (2), Erik Karlsson (7)
4 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
PPG - James van Riemsdyk (2) ASST: Jakub Voracek (1), Kimmo Timonen (2)
5 - 1 PHI
Sean Couturier (1) ASST: Matthew Carle (3), Matt Read (4)
6 - 1 PHI
Harry Zolnierczyk (1) ASST: Max Talbot (1), Zac Rinaldo (1)
7 - 1 PHI
Erik Karlsson (1) ASST: Zenon Konopka (1), Zack Smith (2)
7 - 2 PHI
Power Play Stats
Power Plays3/60/5
Power Play %23.4%16.8%
% on Road18.6%18.2%
% at Home28.0%15.5%
League Rank3rd22nd
penalty summary
1st Period
Zack Smith  Boarding against  Sean Couturier
Colin Greening  Hi stick - double minor against  Daniel Briere
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Zac Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
2nd Period
Matt Walker  Hi stick - double minor against  Colin Greening
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
Daniel Alfredsson  Interference against  Claude Giroux
Matthew Carle  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
Andrej Meszaros  Holding against  Jason Spezza
Brian Lee  Holding against  James van Riemsdyk
3rd Period
Matt Walker  Hi-sticking against  Zack Smith
Stephane Da Costa  Hooking against  Sean Couturier
David Rundblad  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Walker
Matt Walker  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 23TOI: 59:46
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0
Alex Auld
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 20TOI: 39:54
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .850SH: 2 - 2
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