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POSTGAME 5: The Right Response

Voracek's career night leads Flyers to big, 7-4 win in Ottawa

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
In a penalty-filled affair, it was the Flyers who came out on top as Jake Voracek posted two goals and three assists for a new career high five-point night in a 7-4 win over the Senators in Ottawa. The Flyers also got a pair of goals from Scott Laughton and Claude Giroux extended his point streak to four games. For Ottawa, rookie Brady Tkachuk recorded his first NHL goal and had three points (2g-1a) on six shots. Calvin Pickard got the call in net for his first NHL start in nearly 10 months and picked up the win by stopping 31 shots, while Craig Anderson faced 44 shots, giving up six in the loss.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Jakub Voracek (2g-3a)
2 - Brady Tkachuk (2g-1a)
3 - Claude Giroux (1g-1a)

TURNING POINT
The difference maker in this game was the good pressure on the power play and then patience from forward Michael Raffl, who set up Robert Hagg for the fifth Flyers goal. Instead of forcing a shot, Raffl held onto the puck, drew Anderson out of position and fed a puck in front where a pinching Hagg was able to pick it up and fire it into the open net. That goal gave the Flyers their first two-goal lead of the game and sealed Ottawa's fate.Video: PHI@OTT: Hagg finishes rebound from the slot

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) Coming off Tuesday's home-opener debacle and dealing with some early game adversity in this tilt -- including a Nolan Patrick injury -- the Flyers really needed the top line trio Claude Giroux (1g-1a), Jakub Voracek (2g-3a) and Sean Couturier (1g) to lead the way offensively. They delivered. Meanwhile, Scott Laughton was a tower of multi-situation strength for the Flyers even apart from scoring two goals.

2) Making his Flyers debut, Cal Pickard played a workmanline game with several momentum saves, especially in the first period. The second goal by Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk was arguably a stoppable one but the other three that got past him were not at all on Pickard. Two were scored off passive PK work.

3) Giroux's 5th assist of the young season was a nicely teed-up pass to Shayne Gostisbehere. Jakub Voracek tipped home the "Ghost" shot to knot the game at 1-1 on the power play. Wayne Simmonds took Anderson's eyes away with a screen in front. After the goal, the Flyers' energy picked up.

4) Voracek almost always elects to pass when he carries the mail on a 2-on-1. On his second goal of the game, everyone -- Anderson and the defenseman included, and probably Giroux, too -- thought Voracek would pass. Instead, he fired off a wrist shot from the right circle that found the five-hole for a 3-2 Flyers lead.Video: PHI@OTT: Voracek buries second on odd-man break

5) Michael Raffl, for years, has been of the NHL's most underrated players in his ability to shield the puck and maintain possession. He did so on the penalty kill in the second period to set up a shorthanded chance for Couturier... For the second time in four games, Sean Couturier was rewarded for crashing the net and cleaning up in front; this time off his backhand.

JUST THE STATS

* Nolan Patrick left the game in the first period and did not return with an upper-body injury... He appeared in just 3:30 of ice time, 1:23 of which came on the power play.

* Jake Voracek had a career night, recording five points with a pair of goals and three assists... He has had four-point games on four occasions during his career with the last one coming on Dec. 10, 2016 vs. Dallas.

* Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist in the game, giving him points in all four games so far this season. He has five assists and six points through four games.

* Calvin Pickard received his first start in the NHL since late December 2017... He became the 57th goaltender to appear in a game in Flyers history and the 44th to be credited with a win.

* Radko Gudas had a career-high three assists. It's his third career game of three points or more - he had three points (1g-2a) on March 7, 2017 at Buffalo.

* Dale Weise also played his first game of the season - he logged 11:21 of ice time, was a +2 and recorded an assist on Scott Laughton's goal in the second period and Robert Hagg's in the third.

* Tonight's game featured a total of 24 minor penalties committed - The Flyers had 12 with the Sens going 3-for-7 on their power play, while the Sens also had 12 penalties and the Flyers going 2-for-7 on the man advantage.

* The Flyers 12 minor penalties where the most they've had in a game since they had 12 at New Jersey on Jan. 22, 2013.

THEY SAID ITVideo: Cal Pickard on his big win over Sens
Video: Dave Hakstol on the 7-4 win at Ottawa

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