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POSTGAME 5: Chippy win

Laughton tallies winning goal in chippy tilt with Ottawa, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Wrapping up a three-game homestand, the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, in a chippy game at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

Travis Konecny (11th) and Shayne Gostisbehere (4th, 6-on-5 delayed penalty) scored first period goals for the Flyers, establishing 1-0 and 2-1 leads. Brady Tkachuk (10th) and Anthony DuClair (shorthanded, 12th) responded for Ottawa.

Ivan Provorov (7th) restored the lead at 3-2 early in the 3rd period. DuClair scored again to very briefly tie the score at 3-3 but then Scott Laughton (4th) untied it 11 seconds later to put the Flyers ahead to stay.

Carter Hart earned the win goal. He stopped 27 of 30 shots.

Craig Anderson and Ottawa got a reprieve on a disallowed Flyers goal (off-side challenge upheld) but struggled in stopping 4 of 6 shots before being pulled at 6:59 of the first period due a recurrent lower-body injury. Anders Nilsson went the rest of the way in net, absorbing the loss while stopping 13 of 15 shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Scott Laughton (1g-1a)
2nd: Anthony Duclair (2g)
3rd: Ivan Provorov (1g)

Video: OTT@PHI: Laughton answers quickly to reclaim leadTURNING POINT
The Flyers had a defensive breakdown on DuClair's second goal, with three forwards around the net watching the puck. DuClair got open in the slot to take Thomas Chabot's centering pass and score. Philly responded immediately, though, as Kevin Hayes created a 2-on-1, and Laughton buried the fat rebound a mere 11 seconds after the goal.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* The first period was bizarre; sloppy at times, chippy at others but the Flyers accomplished their main objective of skating to intermission with a 2-1 lead. Morgan Frost's seven-game pointless drought came to an end as he set up Konecny's deflected goal that opened the scoring. Brady Tkachuk scored from the doorstep to tie the game at 1-1 before, on a lengthy delayed penalty on Ottawa with the Flyers' fourth line on the ice, Gostisbehere scored on an Ottawa-deflected goal to establish a 2-1 lead. The Sens caught a break due the Flyers' Lindblom being offside on an initially allowed sequence that saw Lindblom accidentally bounce a puck into the net from behind the net.

* The Wells Fargo Center crowd held its collective breath late in the period as Mark Borowiecki dropped Konecny in open ice with a crushing hit in the neutral zone. He would not return with an upper-body injury and head coach Alain Vigneault announced the team would know more on Monday.

* Play turned chippy on the next shift, ending finally with Jakub Voracek dropping the gloves with Ottawa's Nick Paul. The chippiness carried over early into the second. Ron Hainsey took exception to a hit by Scott Laughton on Jean-Gabriel Pageau, dropping the gloves (yet not receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty) to go after Laughton before that confrontation was thwarted. A moment later, however, Pageau and Joel Farabee fought.Video: OTT@PHI: Provorov buries a dart on the rush

* With Konecny unavailable and both Voracek and Farabee in the box for five minutes, the Flyers had to do large-scale line juggling until they were back up to 11 forwards. The second period was a very sloppy one for the Flyers, making numerous low-percentage plays with the puck. It was also a tough period for referee Tom Chimielewski, who missed some blatant infractions and called Kevin Hayes for a non-existent hooking penalty. After Ottawa got called for too many men on the ice, miscommunication on a botched puck exchange between Hart and Shayne Gostisbehere caused a wraparound shorthanded goal by DuClair.

* Provorov's goal from the top of the left circle restored the Flyers lead, at 3-2. Ottawa didn't have a shot on goal for seven-plus minutes but their first of the period saw Hart deny the speedy DuClair one-on-one with a lateral-movement pad save. A moment later, Niskanen prevented a goal near the opposite post with a vital blocked shot. After DuClair buried his next opportunity, Laughton promptly put the Flyers back ahead again, and had some choice words for the Ottawa bench. With Ottawa still trailing by a goal in the final 25 seconds, Brady Tkachuk conceded the game by cross-checking and jumping Laughton at center ice.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* The Flyers ended their three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 record and have a 10-2-4 record... They have 10 wins at home in their 16th home game, posting ... They did not record their 10th win at home until Jan. 16 last season - in their 23rd home game.

* Scott Laughton tallied the game-winning goal, the second of his career, and also recorded his 15th career multi-point game with a goal and an assist. 

* With Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov's goals, a Flyers defenseman has now recorded a goal for the fifth straight game.

* Provorov's goal was his seventh goal of the season, matching his total from a year ago... He has points in five of his last six games (2g-3a) a
 
* Ten different Flyers had a point in the game.
 
* Matt Niskanen led the Flyers with four shots on goal and all players in the game in ice time (25:28)... Tyler Pitlick picked up an assist.Video: OTT@PHI: Hart, Niskanen keep puck out in 3rd

* The Flyers will hit the road for a three-game road trip and kick things off against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN & 97.5 The Fanatic.

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Laughton, Farabee and Hart following winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over OTT

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