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Claude Giroux scores in OT, Flyers top Senators

Captain completes comeback for Philadelphia, which wins third straight

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Claude Giroux scored 40 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Giroux one-timed a pass by Jakub Voracek for his second goal of the game for the Flyers, who won their third game in a row. Michael Del Zotto also scored for Philadelphia (12-10-3) which got 19 saves from Steve Mason.

Mike Hoffman and Ryan Dzingel scored for the Senators (14-8-2) who lost for the second straight game after winning four straight. Mike Condon, who got the start with No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson on a personal leave, made 29 saves.

 

WATCH: All Senators vs. Flyers highlights 

 

Giroux gave the credit for the winning goal to Voracek.

"He's a good player 1-on-1 and I try to give him room," Giroux said. "He's able to find me. A great pass. That goal was all him. It was a really good play."

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol was pleased with Giroux and Voracek.

"I thought the entire game those guys had a heck of a night," Hakstol said. "They had the puck an awful lot and they spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. You saw some of the chemistry in OT. Our overtime game the other night (3-2 shootout win against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday) ended with a very similar play that the goalie made a save on. They made a great play and got us the two points. That's all that counts."

Video: PHI@OTT: Giroux buries nice wrister from the circle

The Flyers were down 2-0, but tied the game with goals by Giroux and Del Zotto one minute apart starting at 16:50 of the second period. Giroux got some room on the right wing after a pass by Voracek and his shot went in off the inside of Condon's blocker.

Del Zotto tied it at 2-2 when his shot through a screen found the top corner on Condon's glove side.

Dzingel scored his sixth of the season at 1:57 of the second period to put the Senators ahead 2-0 after winning a battle for a loose puck in front against Flyers defenseman Mark Streit.

Hoffman opened the scoring at 8:23 of the first period on the power play when scored his fifth goal in his past six games and his fourth in his past two, taking advantage of a smart pass by Mark Stone.

"I thought we were the better team for the entire 60-plus minutes," Mason said. "The boys had a good effort all around and we got what we deserved tonight.

 

Goal of the game

Hoffman's goal came off a feed from Stone after Kyle Turris worked a good cycle to Mason's right. Stone passed the puck to Turris down low and the two swapped positions. Turris gave the puck back to Stone, who found Hoffman for a one-timer on the other side of the net.

Video: PHI@OTT: Hoffman buries Stone's nice feed for PPG

 

Save of the game

At 6:44 of the second period with the Senators leading 2-0, Flyers forward Brayden Schenn's shot from the slot hit Condon high in the shoulder and the puck appeared to get caught in the neck opening of Condon's jersey. Thinking the puck might roll down his back and into the net, Condon clutched his glove behind his back and the play was blown dead.

Video: PHI@OTT: Condon's sharp glove save on Schenn

 

Highlight of the game

Voracek set up Giroux for the winner, carrying the puck down from the blue line on the right side, spinning off Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and passing the puck across the slot to Giroux in the left wing circle. Giroux, who had slipped behind Hoffman, one-timed Voracek's pass.

Video: PHI@OTT: Giroux nets one-timer for the OT game-winner

 

Unsung moment of the game

With Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki serving his fourth minor penalty of the night at 5:48 of the third period, the Senators killed off the penalty to keep the game tied at 2-2. The Flyers, who entered the game with the second best power play overall and on the road, were 0-for-4.

 

They said it

"I thought tonight was a real good consistent 61-minute effort right from start to finish pretty much up and down our lineup. A much needed outcome for us on the road and a pretty good effort by our group all the way through." -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

 

"The second period killed us. We were hemmed in for a long time, and we also had too many penalties. We had a lot of time to kill and that just wears on you." -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci

 

"Good first, good third, but our second definitely we could have done better. We stopped shooting. Created less momentum in the offensive zone. They grabbed that, had some power plays, I think we did a much better job in the third period to reload from that." -- Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher

 

Need to know

The Senators finished the game with five defensemen after Fredrik Claesson left the game with a lower-body injury in the third period and did not return. Boucher did not have an update but said he was hopeful defenseman Marc Methot, who missed the game with an undisclosed injury, would be able to play Saturday.

 

What's next

Flyers: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, CSN-PH, WGN, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA Sports, FS-F, NHL.TV)

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