Redden Gives Senators Overtime Win Over Flyers, 3-2
/ Philadelphia Flyers
(Philadelphia, PA, November 22) – Wade Redden scored in overtime to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center.
Redden took a pass through the slot from Mike Fisher and redirected it from the top of the faceoff circle through the five-hole of Antero Niittymaki with 21 seconds left in the extra session.
The Flyers had several chances to take the lead in the third period, despite not having a power play for the duration of the game. Randy Robitaille missed the net on an odd-man rush when his shot sailed high from the slot, and Sami Kapanen couldn't get his stick on a chance from about the same place minutes later.
"It's disappointing to give up a lead but I thought we played a good hockey game," said John Stevens. "It hurts to lose but it's a much better hockey game and a much better effort from our group of guys."
"We played well, and we had a lot of chances," said Mike Richards. "The game could have really gone either way."
Niittymaki, who finished with 32 saves, stopped a shot by Joe Corvo from the circle with less than a minute to play to force the overtime.
With Philadelphia leading 1-0 thanks to a late first period goal by Petr Nedved, the Flyers increased it to 2-0 in the second. Simon Gagne tried to jam the puck past Ray Emery, but the Senators goaltender got his left pad on it. Mike Knuble, though, was parked in front and the Flyers' winger whacked away to get it through at 4:11.
"We were up 2-0, and in total control of the game, and let them sneak back into the game," said Nedved.
The first penalty of the game didn't come until 6:53 of the second period when Nedved was ordered to the box for hooking. Ottawa took advantage, when a Fisher wrist shot from the faceoff circle sailed high over the far left shoulder of Niittymaki at 8:42. The Senators were 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
Ottawa tied the game late in the frame, when Daniel Alfredsson converted on a quick wrist shot off a pass from Peter Schaefer with just 34 seconds left.
The goal came just after Gagne and Knuble failed to take advantage of a two-on-one rush, as Redden broke up Gagne's centering pass to Knuble who was charging the net.
Philadelphia got on the board first with 31 seconds left in the first period. Emery stopped a shot from Geoff Sanderson, but Nedved got the rebound wide of the net. He threw the puck to the slot looking for R.J. Umberger, but it deflected off of the skate of Redden and across the line. It was Nedved's first goal of the season.
"Petr Nedved, when he is focused, is a very good hockey player," said Stevens. "He does a lot of great things. He's been a good player for us."
Stevens was also happy with his young defense, which included rookies Lars Jonsson and Jussi Timonen.
"To me, [Timonen] showed a lot of poise. He has good quickness, he's a good passer and he plays with confidence for a guy who is new over here. I was pretty impressed by that. And Lars can make plays and get up the ice as well. It's pretty impressive that they can come in on this situation and play as well as they did tonight."
With the assist, Sanderson increased his point-scoring streak to seven games (5g, 4a). His five-game goal streak, however, came to an end.
Robitaille assisted on Knuble's second period goal for his 200th point in the NHL.
Emery stopped 24 shots to record the win in net.
Philadelphia will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at home on Friday afternoon (1:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 610 WIP).
"This is something we can carry into Friday afternoon's game," said Richards. "We have to try and find ways to win now. We need the points badly. We can't just settle for one point, we need to go out there and get two."
FLYERS NOTES Philadelphia was without injured players Peter Forsberg, Mike Rathje, Jeff Carter, Alexandre Picard, Todd Fedoruk and Denis Gauthier. Eric Meloche was recalled earlier in the day from the Phantoms while Triston Grant was reassigned. … Jonsson was recalled on Tuesday and played in his first game with the team since October 28 vs. Pittsburgh. … Former Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock will be making his coaching debut with Columbus on Friday.