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FLY-BY: Senators 4, Flyers 3 (SO)

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

  Laviolette    Coburn    Simmonds
Soon after the start of the overtime session it was clear that neither team was taking it easy to let the game be decided in a shootout. The overtime period featured end to end action nearly the entire time with the Flyers providing most of the action. The Flyers posted six shots, none of which included the best scoring chance when Danny Briere ringed one off the post with just over two minutes to play. The game would eventually be decided in a shootout, where Matt Read posted the lone Flyers goal, but tallies by Michalek and Spezza gave the Sens the extra two points.

The Flyers came into today's game with a 3-8-2 record in games that start before 3 p.m. local time and 5-10-2 in games before 7 p.m. Unfortunately after a hard fought first period, the Flyers found themselves down again after three first period strikes by the Senators, all at even strength. Leading scorer Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson scored the first two goals, while the third was shot on a bad angle by Chris Neil to give the Sens three goals on nine shots.

Perhaps the most important Flyer to keep playing his game today was Sergei Bobrovsky… Making his second consecutive start for the first time since early February, Bob settled in and stopped many Senators scoring chances in the second frame, including a breakaway in the final 90 second of the period on Ottawa forward Kyle Turris to keep it a tied game at 3-3 entering the third frame. In that third frame, Bobrovsky stopped Jason Spezza, who had a golden opportunity with 1:20 left and defenseman Sergei Gonchar in the slot midway through OT. Overall, Bobrovsky stopped 26 of 29 shots on the day.

The Flyers were once again faced with a comeback attempt. And once again, the Flyers came back. A goal from Wayne Simmonds' face turned out to be the starting point for the rally. The Flyers received a beautiful goal from rookie Sean Couturier who made a move around the Ottawa defense and flicked a shot that just trickled past the goal line. The goal needed official review to see if it had crossed before the net was dislodged. Braydon Coburn rounded out the comeback by charging to the net and taking a great pass by Briere and poking it past Anderson. Coburn's goal was good enough to earn a valuable point in the standings.

Despite the score, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette didn't mind his team's first period effort.

“It’s good for everybody, Bob, the team.  Guys fought back and I thought we played hard in the first period.  We got caught, scoring chances went in early for them.  To battle back I think in the second period, tie things up, showed a resilient group.”
Tonight’s game marked the ninth time this season the Flyers have gone down by two or more goals and come back to pick up at least a point (6-21-3 in that situation).  They have now on three occasions come back from three goals down to pick up at least a point – today, Dec. 2 at Anaheim and Dec. 5 at Buffalo.
Danny Briere had two assists today, giving him two goals and seven assists for nine points in his last four games.
Wayne Simmonds now has four goals and an assist for five points in his last three games.
Four players accounted for 26 of the Flyers’ 39 shots today – Jaromir Jagr (8), Claude Giroux (7), Wayne Simmonds (6) and Jakub Voracek (5).
Giroux was held without a point tonight, the first time he’s been held without a point in consecutive games since January 24-31, the two games that surrounded the all-star break. 

His last such stretch that didn’t involve the all-star game was Jan. 7-10 when he went three games without a point.  Two of those three games were against Ottawa.  Giroux’s only two points of the year against Ottawa were in the first game of the season against the Sens back in October when he had a goal and an assist.
The Flyers finished the month of March with a record of 11-3-2 for 24 points.  It’s the team’s best month of March since the 1984-85 season when the Flyers were 13-3-0. 

Wayne Simmonds
Anytime a player in the NHL takes a puck off the face and scores a goal on the very same play, they deserve to be a star of the game.

Wayne Simmonds got the Flyers on the board with his 26th goal of the year after he took a shot by linemate Brayden Schenn in the face, which then deflected into the net to kick off the Flyers comeback attempt.

Simmonds went down on the ice immediately, but eventually got up and skated off under his own power.

He would return to the game and record six shots and over 13 minutes of ice-time.

 "That was pretty scary. That's one way to score a goal, I guess, but your heart kind of stops for a second when you see that. Especially when you grab your face and there is lots of blood. It's pretty scary but I am glad to see he is okay."
- Braydon Coburn

“I don’t think we were playing bad in the first period, obviously we didn’t get the score that we wanted after the first but I don’t think we were playing bad. It’s just…..pucks find a way to get in. They had lucky bounces here and there but for the whole 60 minutes I think we played well and I think we need to take this game as a positive even if we didn’t win."
- Claude Giroux
Tonight's turning point came in the final two minutes of the second period. The Flyers had just comeback from a 0-3 deficit to tie the game and the Ottawa Senators had a chance to grab the momentum immediately back.

Kyle Turris broke in all alone on Sergei Bobrovsky but Bob was there to make the save and keep it an even game heading into the third period.

The stop led the Flyers to a scoreless third period, and in turn gave them an important point in the standings with four games remaining.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Scott Hartnell just misses a goal on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.   

Senators 4, Flyers 3 (SO)
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek scored shootout goals to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday.

The Senators blew a 3-0 lead before Michalek and Spezza bailed them out in the shootout. Matt Read scored in the shootout for the Flyers.

Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil all scored first-period goals for the Senators.


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