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Laughton lifts Flyers past Senators for sixth win in seven games

Scores go-ahead goal 11 seconds after Duclair ties it late in third for Ottawa, which is 1-6-0 in past seven

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Laughton's rebound marker

OTT@PHI: Laughton answers quickly to reclaim lead

Eleven seconds after the game was tied at 3, Scott Laughton buries a big rebound from Kevin Hayes to put the Flyers back on top in the 3rd

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PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Laughton scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Anthony Duclair tied it 3-3 on a one-timer at 15:00, but Laughton scored 11 seconds later after getting the rebound of Kevin Hayes' initial shot on a 2-on-1 to make it 4-3 at 15:11. It was his fourth goal in eight games since returning from a broken finger that caused him to miss 13 games. 

"[Flyers coach Alain Vigneault] is giving me a lot of opportunities, especially late in games, going out there and protecting leads," Laughton said. "He's put a lot of trust in me, so I think you want to show him right and work as hard as you can."

 

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Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Shayne Gostisbehere scored, and James van Riemsdyk had two assists for Philadelphia (17-8-5), which has won six of its past seven games and is 7-1-1 in its past nine. Carter Hart made 27 saves.

"The game was a little more physical, but we had to keep to our system, and in the end, our system won," Flyers forward Joel Farabee said.

Duclair scored two goals for Ottawa (12-17-1), which has lost six of its past seven games after going 7-2-0 in its previous nine. Craig Anderson allowed two goals on six shots before leaving in the first period with a lower-body injury. He was replaced by Anders Nilsson, who made 13 saves.

"We played well for the most part," Duclair said. "A little sloppy start, but I think the guys picked it up. All four lines were rolling, just unfortunate that we couldn't close it out at the end there." 

Konecny gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 1:45 of the first period on a rebound after Claude Giroux's shot hit Morgan Frost in front. Konecny (upper body) left the game with 2:22 remaining in the first following a hit by Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki. Vigneault said he hoped to have an update on the forward's status Sunday.

Video: OTT@PHI: Konecny stakes Flyers to early lead

Brady Tkachuk tied it 1-1 at 4:27 of the first, tapping in a pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Gostisbehere gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 6:16 on a delayed penalty.

Oskar Lindblom scored 45 seconds later from the side of the net to extend the lead, but Senators coach D.J. Smith challenged for offside, and the goal was reversed after video review.

Anderson was injured on the play trying to make the save at the left post. Smith said he hoped to have more information on him when the Senators returned to Ottawa later Saturday.

Video: OTT@PHI: Anderson leaves with injury in 1st

Duclair scored his first NHL shorthanded goal to tie it 2-2 at 13:18 of the second period. He stole the puck behind the net following a bad exchange between Hart and Gostisbehere, and then scored on a wraparound before Hart could scramble back into position.

Video: OTT@PHI: Duclair nets second goal for equalizer

Provorov gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead at 3:17 of the third period when he beat Nilsson glove side from the left face-off circle.

"There were some different moments where I thought we were sharp and executed well, and some other moments where I thought we didn't check well and execute well, some unforced turnovers with nobody around," Vigneault said. "It was a mixed game, but I've been in this game long enough to know you never critique a win." 

Video: OTT@PHI: Provorov buries a dart on the rush 

 

They said it

"For a 20-year-old kid to play with that kind of jam, and on this trip, he really started to take some leadership role in that department where regardless of the night, he plays hard. [I] thought he dragged us into the battle tonight when some guys were a little flat. Thought he was great." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on forward Brady Tkachuk

"Today's game, when it got heated, he's one of the guys that was one of the best. He responded in a physical nature when the opportunities were there. But when he needed to make plays with the puck or defend, he did that. As a coach, it's really easy to trust a player when he's doing the right things and playing the right way." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on forward Scott Laughton

 

Need to know

Tkachuk had a game-high seven hits and six shots on goal in 21:02 of ice time. ... Philadelphia defenseman Philippe Myers missed the final 3:43 because of back spasms. ... Konecny's goal was his 11th, which is tied with Lindblom for the Flyers lead.

 

What's next

Senators: Host the Boston Bruins on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, NESN, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Video: Laughton, Flyers take down Senators, 4-3

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