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POSTGAME 5: Senators 4, Flyers 0

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers had 36 shots on goal and 81 total shot attempts, but they couldn’t find the back of the net for the second consecutive game and fell 4-0 to Ottawa.  The Senators gathered goals from four different players in the latter minutes or early minutes of all three periods, and Craig Anderson stopped all 36 shots for his second consecutive shutout.  Steve Mason turned aside 27 in the loss.

After a hard-fought first period, the Flyers were called for an icing in the final minute and lost the subsequent face-off out to the point.  A shot from Cody Cici was headed wide, but hit Mika Zibanejad just to the left of the goal and banked in, giving Ottawa the 1-0 lead with 43.5 seconds left in the period.  

1ST – Craig Anderson:  Stopped all 36 Flyers shots he faced to earn his second consecutive shutout after blanking Columbus on Thursday. 

2ND  -  Mike Hoffman: Scored his sixth goal of the season early in the second period and set up the Senators’ first goal late in the first period.  Hoffman played 15:26 and had 10 total shot attempts. 

3RD – Bobby Ryan: The Cherry Hill native recorded two primary assists, setting up the second and fourth goals.   Ryan returned to the lineup after being knocked out of Ottawa’s last game with an upper body injury. 

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the 34 goals scored by the Flyers through 20 games is a franchise record for the fewest at that point of a season.  The previous low was 39 goals scored through the first 20 games of the 1968-69 seasons… The Flyers had almost as many shots blocked (29) as Ottawa had on goal (31).  In addition to their 36 shots, the Flyers had 45 more not reach the net – the 29 that were blocked, and 16 that missed… The Flyers killed off all three Ottawa power plays tonight and are now 7-for-7 in their last two games.

"We’re not going to make any wholesale changes on anything.  Tonight, we got ourselves after a good first period, by giving up right at the end of the period a faceoff goal, and then turned that in right away in the start of the second giving up the second goal in a 2-on-1 situation after a good start to this hockey game.  It was very competitive all the way through the first period, but to give up that first goal put us back on our heels."
(Dave Hakstol)

"We had a good start.  I think we played the way we wanted to.  They scored the first goal and kind of changed the way we were playing.  We need to learn from this and need to keep playing 60 minutes the same way."

(Claude Giroux) 

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