1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers rebounded from a 3-0 first-intermission deficit to close within a goal twice, and seemingly tied the game in the final minute of play, but could not officially find the equalizer in a 5-4 defeat at Ottawa on Thursday night.
Dion Phaneuf started the scoring 1:31 into the game, and the Senators added goals from Mark Borowiecki and Jean-Gabriel Pageau before the break. Jake Voracek and Travis Konecny scored 53 seconds apart with about five minutes remaining in the second to make it 3-2, but Mark Stone tallied with less than three minutes to go to make it 4-2 at the second intermission.
The Flyers had a goal disallowed for goaltender interference with 10:22 left in the third; less than a minute later, Tom Pyatt scored to restore Ottawa's three-goal lead. Ivan Provorov then scored with 4:42 remaining, and Sean Couturier tipped one home with 1:46 to play. The Flyers then had another goal disallowed with 56 seconds left when play was ruled dead before the puck crossed the goal line.
Craig Anderson finished the game with 36 saves on 40 shots, while Michal Neuvirth stopped 23 of 28.
2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came from the possible one-goal to three-goal margin in the third period.
With the Flyers facing a 4-2 deficit midway through the third period, Brandon Manning fired a shot from the point through traffic that found it's way past Anderson to bring the Flyers within one… but only for a moment. Ottawa challenged for goaltender interference and won the challenge after the evidence showed minimal contact occurring by Jordan Weal.
Just 57 seconds later, Ottawa tallied to make it a 5-2 game, and even though the Flyers fought back to a one-goal margin again, it wasn't enough and the Sens escaped with win in regulation time.
3. THREE STARS
1. Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Led the Sens with a goal and two assists and had five hits with over 20 minutes of ice time.
2. Sean Couturier: Recorded a three-point night, which almost turned into a four-point night, with a goal and two assists… He now leads the Flyers with seven goals, which is already half of what he had all of last season.Video: PHI@OTT: Couturier tips home Gostisbehere's shot
3. Erik Karlsson: Had his third multi-point game of the season, posting two assists, bringing his total on the season to eight helpers through his first five games.
4. STATS & STORYLINES
THE PUCK WENT IN: The Sens survived not just one, but two calls that went in their favor tonight. However the one in question was with the game on the line.
There's no dispute after seeing it from the net-cam that Sean Couturier's goal/no-goal with less than a minute left in regulation crossed the goal line, but the goal was eventually disallowed, and here's why according to the NHL Situation Room in Toronto:
At 19:04 of the third period in the Flyers/Senators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to see if the puck crossed the Ottawa goal line. The referee informed the Situation Room that he was in the process of blowing his whistle to stop play when he lost sight of the puck under Craig Anderson's skate. According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed "when the Referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands.
As a result, the Flyers were still down a goal with 56 seconds left and the six players left on the ice managed to pull off one more scoring opportunity, but did not convert.
JAKE ON THE BOARD: After being near the top of the NHL leaderboard in assists, Voracek finally tallied his first goal of the season… and it came from behind the net as he attempted a centering pass to Couturier, but the puck deflected off of Dion Phaneuf and snuck past Anderson to break the ice… Voracek also led all players in the game with seven shots on goal… He ended the night with a goal and an assist, which brings his point total to 14 (1g-13a) in 10 games.
NO QUIT: There was no quit in the Flyers in this one… Down 0-3, they struck twice to bring it within one. Facing another three-goal deficit at 2-5, and with a call not going their way, they once again fought their way back to bring it within one again.Video: PHI@OTT: Konecny wrists one past Anderson on break
What's more important is that the Flyers found their scoring touch again. Two quick strikes in the second period, and another two goals in the third gave them four goals in a game for the fifth time this season.
If you want to throw out the technicalities, the Flyers managed to put six pucks in the back of the net, counting the disallowed goals from Couturier and Manning.
GHOST CLIMBS: Shayne Gostisbehere recorded an assist in the game, giving him points in five of his last seven contests. His 12-point start ties him with Mark Howe for the third-best start by a defenseman in franchise history through 10 games. Eric Desjardins (1g-12a-13pts in 2005-06) and Garry Galley (1g-13a-14pts in 1993-94) are the only two that are higher in scoring.
Gostisbehere, who was also paired with Ivan Provorov for most of the night, is now tied for the NHL leads among defensemen in scoring with his 12 points.
5. THEY SAID IT
"It was off a change. I think they thought a majority of our guys were tired in changing. It just happened that Gudy stayed back on the puck and their guys went for a full change. I had a clear break and I've been trying to hit that spot on a couple of my shots and it happened to work out this time."
- Travis Konecny Video: Hakstol, Couturier & Provorov on the no goal