After two periods, the Flyers were well on their way to completing a home-and-home sweep on back-to-back nights against the Ottawa Senators with a comfortable 4-2 lead.
However what has been an alarming trend in the recent weeks, the Flyers' two-goal lead did not hold up and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette points out a very simple reason why.
"Our team, generally speaking needed to play a better game; a smarter game against a team that forces a lot of turnovers. With the lead, 4-2, our team needed to make better decisions throughout the game."
The Senators responded in the third period with four unanswered goals, and in the end, earned three out of a possible four points from the weekend series.
"I don't think we played the way we should have and we have to be better if we want to win those kind of hockey games in the third period," said Claude Giroux.
The Flyers dropped third period leads to the Rangers and the Blackhawks in the past week, but were able to regain the lead and post a win against Chicago.
The one bright spot to take away is that the Flyers are scoring goals - three or more in four of their last five games and recording at least one goal on the power play in four of their last five.
The game in Ottawa also kicked off a week-long, four-game road trip for the Flyers, who have now played 11 of their last 17 games on the road and when it is all said and done 14 of their last 20 games away from the Wells Fargo Center.
For the second game in a row, sixteen of Philadelphia’s 18 skaters had at least one shot on net.
The game marks just the second time in 22 occasions this season the Flyers have lost in regulation when leading after two periods (19-2-1) and the first time in 17 occasions they’ve lost in regulation in a game they led after one period (15-1-1).
Marc-Andre Bourdon led the team with six blocked shots tonight.
In his first game in Ottawa, Read posted a four-point night with a goal and three assists.
Tonight he added a goal and an assist to his credit.
Read was in the right place at the right time to pound home a rebound of James van Riemsdyk's shot on the power-play in the second period.
He also sprung Sean Couturier on a two-on-one late in the first period. Couturier fired it past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson and Read picked up the primary helper.
"I thought we played a good 40 minutes, 50 minutes of the game but they took advantage of our turnovers right inside our blue line rather than getting it in deep, but we have to learn from our mistakes here and learn how to get pucks deep in the third period and how to keep a lead." - Matt Read
"Especially with the lead like that, after two [periods]. You can't let those ones slip… It's not acceptable for a team like us and we'll have to do a better job." -Sean Couturier
The 3-on-1 that Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson sprung at 6:13 of the third period is tonight's turning point.
After Colin Greening drew the Sens to within one goal three minutes into the third period, Karlsson fired a snap shot three minutes later, through the pads of Bryzgalov to knot the game up at 4-4.
Ottawa used that momentum to keep the pressure on in the final 10 minutes of the game and with 1:11 left Filip Kuba sealed the game with his fourth goal of the year.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Scott Hartnell rushes the net in the 2nd period on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.
Senators 6, Flyers 4 Associated Press
OTTAWA (AP) - Filip Kuba scored the go-ahead goal with 1:11 left and the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 on Sunday to earn a split of the weekend home-and-home series.
Kuba fired a slap shot from the left point past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and Nick Foligno sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to go.