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POSTGAME 5: Sens snap the streak

Flyers get off to hot start but fall to Sens, 2-1, in Ottawa

by @NHLFlyers

The Senators scored twice in the span of just under four minutes in the second period to take the come-from-behind win. 

Tyler Pitlick scored his first goal as a Flyer 2:46 into the game, but the Senators weathered the storm from the Flyers over the rest of the first period and began to turn momentum in their direction a few minutes into the second. 

Tyler Ennis tied the game with 6:48 left in the middle frame, and Filip Chlapik scored the eventual game winner 3:57 later. Anders Nilsson stopped 26 Flyer shots to earn the win, while Carter Hart absorbed the loss despite 17 saves on 19 shots. 

Three Stars:
1st: Anders Nilsson (26 of 27)
2nd: Filip Chlapik (game-winning goal)
3rd: Tyler Pitlock (lone Flyers goal)

Despite being outplayed and surrendering two goals in the final 10 minutes of the second period, tonight's turning point was final four minutes in regulation when the Flyers were given a four-minute power-play off a high-sticking penalty from the Sens... A goal to tie it up would've shifted momentum in the final minute or force overtime that might have made the difference for the Flyers.

* The Flyers rocketed out of the gates, generating a slew of prime scoring chances. James van Riemsdyk hit the post from close range. Finally, Tyler Pitlick roofed a top-shelfer from the right dot.Video: PHI@OTT: Pitlick snaps a wrister to the roof

* As the first period progressed, the Flyers' play dropped off. Ottawa had a pair of 2-on-1 rushes. Philly also caught a huge break when Connor Brown tucked the puck wide of an open net.

* The Flyers played a sloppy second period and also got outworked. Philly got away with it for awhile until a leaky power play goal and a lost puck battle ended up in their net as Ottawa took a 2-1 lead to the 3rd period. 

* Alain Vigneault shook up his lines and D pairs in the third period, giving very heavy ice time to the intact Couturier line. Philly had their chances to draw even

* The Flyers suffered their first loss in regulation since Oct. 29 (at PIT), snapping a seven-game win streak in which they went 5-0-2.

* Tyler Pitlick scored his first goal as a Flyer tonight, while Andy Andreoff recorded his first point as a Flyer on Pitlick's goal - it was his first point in the NHL since Feb. 19, 2018.

* The Flyers have now scored first in 12 of their 19 games, posting a 9-3-0 record.

* Matt Niskanen played his 900th NHL game, while Kevin Hayes played his 400th NHL game and Tyler Pitlick played his 200th.

* The Flyers return to Philly for the second of their back-to-back when they take on the NY Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center. Puck Drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Video: Hear from Hart, Hayes and Voracek following lossVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to OTT

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