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Jakub Voracek scores, Steve Mason makes 44 saves as Flyers edge Senators 2-1

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jakub Voracek scores, Steve Mason makes 44 saves as Flyers edge Senators 2-1

OTTAWA - Jakub Voracek scored the game winner as the Philadelphia Flyers closed out the season with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Jason Akeson also scored for the Flyers (23-22-3) while Steve Mason faced 44 shots.

The Flyers failed to advance to the post season for just the ninth time in franchise history.

Kyle Turris scored the lone goal for the Senators (24-17-6) as Craig Anderson picked up the loss facing 25 shots.

The loss leaves the Senators sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference, but if Ottawa picks up a single point in Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins they would finish seventh.

The Flyers took a 2-1 lead midway through the third as Voracek beat Anderson with a wrist shot quieting the 20,232 on hand.

The Senators continued to struggle with the man advantage, going scoreless on five opportunities.

Ottawa tied the game early in the second as Turris was able to find just enough room short side to beat Mason. The goal came as a result of some good work down low by Chris Phillips and Colin Greening.

Phillips picked up his 200th NHL career assist on Turris' goal.

The Senators were the better team in the first outshooting the Flyers 14-5 and dominating play, but some sloppy play by the Senators in their own end led to Akeson scoring his first NHL goal in his first game in his home city.

Anderson made an initial save on Claude Giroux, but he and defenceman Erik Karlsson were both unable to clear the rebound leaving the puck waiting for Akeson.

Notes: Karlsson was the focus of a pre-game video and fans gave a huge cheer when announced that he was in the starting lineup. C Jim O'Brien, C Peter Regin, LW Guillaume Latendresse, C Mike Hoffman, D Patrick Wiercioch, D Mike Lundin and D Andre Benoit were healthy scratches for the Senators. Ottawa is without C Jason Spezza (upper-body injury, day-to-day).

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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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