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Flyers score seven in win against Senators

Voracek has five points for Philadelphia; Tkachuk gets first two NHL goals for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Jakub Voracek scored two goals and had three assists for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 7-4 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

"Sometimes it's good when you can get on the road after a tough game and play another game the next day," Voracek said of bouncing back after an 8-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. "We took advantage of it. Obviously, it was a tough start at home for us, but we scored seven here and I think we played a pretty good hockey game."

 

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Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, Scott Laughton scored twice, and Radko Gudas had three assists for the Flyers (2-2-0). Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his first start with Philadelphia after he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2.

"I think a lot of guys are feeling good about themselves after that game, offensively," Flyers forward Dale Weise said. "Obviously, we don't want to take that many penalties (12), and we've got some work to do, but to get an effort like that and come back and score seven goals is huge."

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Brady Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, scored his first two goals and had an assist for the Senators (1-2-1). Maxime Lajoie also had two goals and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 38 saves for Ottawa.

Tkachuk gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 8:39 of the first period when Chris Tierney's shot from the slot deflected off his skate on the power play. Voracek tied it 1-1 on the power play at 14:44 when he tipped a shot from Shayne Gostisbehere off the post and in.

Tkachuk scored his second of the game to give the Senators a 2-1 lead at 1:20 of the second period, beating Pickard short side from the top of the right circle. 

"The first one, it's not something I was dreaming of, off the skate and in," Tkachuk said. "But to have the second one go in, it was pretty cool, pretty exciting."

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Sean Couturier scored on a rebound to tie it 2-2 at 3:04. Voracek gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead at 6:35, beating Anderson five-hole on a 2-on-1.

Lajoie scored on a one-timer on the power play at 11:13 to tie it 3-3, but Laughton scored on a backhand off a rebound low in the right circle to make it 4-3 at 15:45.

Robert Hagg extended the lead to 5-3 lead at 4:08 of the third period, and Giroux scored a power-play goal to make it 6-3 at 12:37.

Lajoie scored his second on the power play at 17:08 to cut it to 6-4, but Laughton scored an empty-net goal at 19:25 to make it 7-4.

"We're scoring plenty," Anderson said. "I think we just need to trust that we're going to get the three goals that we need - three or four goals, whatever it might be that night - and just try to buckle down a little bit better."

 

They said it

"I'm not going to take any negatives tonight. This is a hell of a pushback win on a back to back when [we were] coming off a real miserable night in our own building." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

"I thought [my] first game against Boston I was just all right. Just kind of getting used to the pace, but learned a lot and I'm just trying to apply it every time I'm on the ice. I just want to get better and I want to keep learning. It's nice, but I feel like I can do even more." -- Senators forward Brady Tkachuk

 

Need to know

Flyers forward Nolan Patrick left the game at 4:40 of the second period with an upper-body injury. … Philadelphia was 2-7 on the power play. Ottawa was 3-7 on the power play … Senators coach Guy Boucher said Alex Formenton might miss one game after leaving in the second with an upper-body injury.

 

What's next

Flyers: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSP, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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