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POSTGAME 5: Sanheim Lifts Flyers in OT, 4-3

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators in overtime, 4-3, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday evening.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer /

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators in overtime, 4-3, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday evening. Travis Sanheim, (2nd goal of the season) scored the winner at 2:35 of OT off a pass from Cam Atkinson. 

With the win, the Flyers extended their point streak to five straight games (4-0-1).

Early in the first period, Claude Giroux (11th goal of the season) scored from point blank range to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 4:19. The point tied the Flyers captain with Bill Barber for 2nd on the Flyers' franchise all-time scoring leaderboard (883 points).   

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: No look dish from @oskarlindblom sets @28CGiroux up with his 11th marker of the season. #OTTvsPHI | #BringItToBroad

Oskar Lindblom (3rd) made it 2-0 at 7:32. The Flyers took the two-goal lead to the first intermission.

Ottawa needed only 3:22 into the second period to tie the game. Goals by Tim Stützle (5th) and Alex Formenton (SHG, 6th) made it a 2-2 game. The game entered the third period deadlocked.

In the third period, Artem Zub (2nd) gave Ottawa short-lived lead at 13:43. Joel Farabee (8th) got the goal right back at 14:35.

Martin Jones earned the win in net for the Flyers. He stopped 28 of 31 shots. Anton Forsberg absorbed the OT loss for Ottawa, stopping 34 of 38 shots.

The Flyers went 0-for-2 on the power play and yielded a shorthanded goal. Philadelphia was 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.


The two quick Ottawa goals in the second period erased all of the Flyers good work in the first period. Then the quick Farabee response to the Zub goal forced overtime.

In overtime, Ottawa turned the puck over in the defensive zone, creating a 2-on-0 for the Flyers. Atkinson fed Sanheim going to the net, and Sanheim buried the puck to end the game at 1:35.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: Sanny sends everyone home happy.#OTTvsPHI | #BringItToBroad


1) In the opening half-,minute of the game, Sean Couturier started a 2-on-1 rush for Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee. Farabee's shot from the left slot went off the inside the left post.Shortly thereafter, Jackson Cates was denied from the left hash marks.

Oskar Lindblom won a puck battle behind the net and centered a pass to a wide-open Giroux in the low center slot. Giroux flipped the puck upstairs for a 1-0 lead at 4:19. 

The Flyers kept on attacking, running the shot totals to 6-0 and then 7-0. At 7:32, Lindblom took a pass from Travis Konecny. Lindblom's shot from well above the right circle was accidentally deflected past Forsberg by defenseman Thomas Chabot in trying to knock the puck away. The assists went to Konecny and Ivan Provorov.

Tweet from @NHLFlyers: More like Oskar Lindbomb. 🏒💣💥#OTTvsPHI | #BringItToBroad

Shots were 8-0 Flyers at the midway point of the first period. A Konecny shot from the left wing made it 9-0 in shots at 12;49, A clean left circle faceoff win by Couturier on the next draw led to two more shots as it became 11-0. One shift later, Giroux dangled past Chabot and nearly scored.

Ottawa finally got their first shot at 13:40. An after-the-whistle scrum between Austin Watson and Rasmus Ristolainen produced a 4-on-4 on coincidental roughing minors.

With 1:35 left in the period, Lindblom swept the puck to safety after an Anton Zub shot was partially stopped by Jones but trickled through into the blue paint before Lindblom saved a potential goal.

2) Thursday night's first period in Montreal was one of the worst overall periods the Flyers have played all season. Virtually nothing went right, and the Flyers were lucky to leave the ice trailing only 1-0. The first period against Ottawa was a 180-degree turnaround: 14-7 shot edge for the Flyers, 65 percent all-situation Corsi for the Flyers (72.2 percent at 5-on-5), 10-3 scoring chance edge for Philly (5-0 high danger chance edge). Additionally, the Flyers recorded 10 credited hits, blocked four shots and were charged with only four giveaways (as opposed to 12 giveaways in the first period in Montreal). Most importantly, of course, the Flyers left the ice with a 2-0 edge on the scoreboard.

3) Ottawa went 200 feet to score off a rush from behind their own note, through the neutral zone and all the way to the lower left slot. Tim Stützle beat Jones high to the short side at 2:09 to cut the gap to 2-1. The assists went to Alex Formenton and Connor Brown.

The Flyers got the game's first power play at 2:42 after Drake Batherton accidentally caught Provorov with a high-stick, Disaster struck at 3:22. Formenton stripped Keith Yandle of the puck at center ice and scored on a breakaway to tie the game at 2-2. 

Ottawa went on their first power play at 6:59 after a neutral zone hooking penalty on Justin Braun. Cam Atkinson was denied by Forsberg on shorthanded rush. Patrick Brown wasn't quite able to force the rebound past the Ottawa goalie. The Flyers killed the penalty.

At 10:38, Zack MacEwen tried to inject some energy back in his team by dropping the gloves and going toe-to-toe with Dillon Heatherington.

Ristolainen nearly scored on a wraparound try but the Flyers ended up with a power play out of the sequence. At 16:44, Jacob Bernard-Docker went to the box for holding. The Flyers started with PP2 due to the lengthy delayed penalty. The best look at the net belonged to Konecny, but he elected to pass the puck back to Couturier with the shooting lane closing.

4) Second period shots ended up 15-14 in the Flyers' favor but it was a poor second period overall even beyond the two Ottawa goals. The Flyers made a push in the latter phases of the period but were outworked over tthe first half of the period. Philly's second period at a statistical glance: 54.8 percent overall Corsi but only 45 percent at 5-on-5), 12-11 scoring chance edge (4-3 high-danger chances) across all situations. In this period, the Flyers were guilty of six giveaways and Formenton's shorthanded takeaway from Yandle ended up in the Philadelphia net. Through two periods, the Flyers won 54 percent of the faceoffs (Giroux was 5-for-5). As always, the scoreboard was the main thing that mattered. The Flyers undid their excellent first period in rapid fashion. Things stabilized a bit later but play was still too wide open, and more to Ottawa's liking compared to the structured yet high-energy first period the Flyers played in the opening 20 minutes.

5) Ristolainen broke up a 2-on-1 in the opening 90 second of the third period before Tyler Ennis could stash the puck. As the third period progressed, shots were 7-1 in Ottawa's favor through the first 8:43. Once again, the Flyers let themselves get caught in a track meet with Ottawa. The Flyers iced the puck with 9:24 left after some nervous moments in their own zone. 

Play settled down for several minutes after a mid-period TV timeout. With 6:31 left, a Provorov shot block erased what initially seemed to be a wide-open chance for Zach Sanford from the dead slot. Shots were 8-3 Ottawa for the period; a ninth at that time likely would have been a goal.

The reprieve was only momentary. At 13:43, Zub scored through traffic on a center point shot that deflected off Sanheim. The assists went to Dylan Gambrell and Sanford. But the Flyers got the goal right back at 14:35. Farabee's shot from along the left boards deflected off Chabot, eluded Konecny's skate and ended up in the net. Couturier and Sanheim were credited with the assists.

The Senators iced the puck with 1:39 left in regulation. No harm resulted. The Flyers pressured in the waning seconds of regulation. Third period shots were 10-4 in Ottawa's favor.

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