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Sens get revenge against Flyers with 6-4 win

by Erin Nicks
KANATA, Ont. – No team has managed to come back like the Ottawa Senators this season.

For the sixth time in 2011-12, the Senators came back in the third period – this time with four unanswered goals – to snatch a 6-4 victory from the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place on Sunday.

Chris Neil, Erik Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson each had two points, while Colin Greening and Nick Foligno had the other goals for the Sens.

"We have all the right qualities. Obviously we'd like to be winning games by two goals going into the third instead of losing, but regardless, we get the result we wanted," Sens goalie Craig Anderson said. "This is a special team and we're able to do it, night in and night out. Put together 20 solid minutes of our best hockey and come out on top. It's good to know that if you make the save and give the guys the opportunity, you do have a chance to win the game."

Karlsson, meanwhile, finished with a plus-5 rating and now has 41 points as he continues his offensive dominance among League blueliners.

"You just try and go out there and do the best you can," Karlsson said. "If you score six goals in a game, you might be lucky to pick up a few and lately. I've been in the right situations all the time, and I play with some pretty good players out there, so sometimes you just got to get them the puck."

Andrej Meszaros, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Sean Couturier and Matt Read had the goals for Philadelphia, which earned a 3-2 overtime victory against the Sens on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

Ottawa got on the board with its first shot, when Kyle Turris dished off to Alfredsson, who tipped it past Ilya Bryzgalov 54 seconds into the first period. It was Alfredsson's 16th point in his last 12 games, while Turris now has 7 points in 10 games since being traded to Ottawa from Phoenix on Dec. 17.

The Flyers would also strike on their first shot 1:38 later, when Meszaros' slapper from the blue line beat Anderson at 2:32. Meszaros now has three points in three games (1 goal, 2 assists) and played in his 500th career game on Sunday.

The Sens would make the score 2-1 when on a scramble in front of the goal, as Neil jammed the puck under Bryzgalov's pads at 8:25. Philadelphia would counter at 15:32, when Bourdon's high wrister evaded Anderson, knotting the score at 2-2. Just 28 seconds later, Read fed the puck to Couturier, who wristed the puck from the top of the faceoff circle and beat the Ottawa goaltender at 16:00. It was his first goal since Nov. 5.

In the second period, the Flyers would double up the score 4-2 on the power-play, when James Van Riemsdyk's rebound was scooped up by Read, who tipped it past Anderson at 14:08. The rookie winger has had significant success against Ottawa, with 6 points in three games. Read now stands in a first-place tie for rookie goals (13) with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Ottawa would cut the lead back down to one early in the third, when Greening's shot deflected off Matt Carle's stick and beat Bryzgalov at 3:11. Jason Spezza also had an assist on the goal – his fourth point in four games.

The Sens would complete the comeback at 6:19, when Karlsson stole the puck from Jaromir Jagr, skated up the left wing and wired a shot past Bryzgalov, making the score 4-4. It was Karlsson's eighth point in six games. The defenseman recalled how he set up his attack after snatching the puck away from the veteran.

"Obviously you look up to see what's around you and I think it was a 3-on-1," Karlsson said. "Their 'D' did a good job of taking away the pass, so you've just got to improvise and go five-hole, and find it worked."

The Sens would pull ahead when Kuba's seeing-eye shot beat Bryzgalov at 18:49. Foligno added an empty-net goal at 19:15.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Flyers, who were up by two goals going into the third period.

"It's really disappointing," Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think our team needed to play a better game, a smarter game, against a team that forces a lot of turnovers. And with a 4-2 lead, our team needs to make better decisions. Coming off of (Saturday) night's game, we gave up way too much of our strength."

Danny Briere took the loss as a team issue and refused to point fingers -- especially at his goaltender.

"This is a tough one, especially after the way we played (Saturday) night coming back late to win in overtime," Briere said. "You're on the road up by two, you can't be doing what we did today. I thought we turned the puck over way too many times, and I feel like we were way too soft. Physically, we were outplayed. With all the turnovers we gave up, I don't think it's fair to blame Bryzgalov. I think it's the easy answer right away, to blame your goalie. But if you look in more depth, everywhere else, we weren't good. And it's tough … when you're a goalie, your last defense – you're the one who sticks out when you don't win. But the amount of turnovers and lack of physical play, that's where it's disappointing."

Philadelphia now sits in fourth place and only two points ahead of the fifth-place Senators in the Eastern Conference.

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