The Philadelphia Flyers dropped tonight's game 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout. While the Flyers battled back twice, Steve Mason had another tough game, giving up four goals. Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was beaten four times by the Flyers, but was able to make some incredible saves to keep his team in the game. And in the end, Jason Spezza was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the Senators the win, and leaving the Flyers with one point.
The Flyers took the lead just over 8 minutes into the game on Michael Raffl's first National Hockey League goal, a wrist shot that he got past Craig Anderson to put the Flyers up 1-0. But just over two minutes later, Clarke MacArthur tied the game up, beating Steve Mason with a slapshot. The Flyers and Senators played a pretty even first period, punctuated by a Sean Couturier-Kyle Turris fight to end the first period. The Flyers did only get 5 shots on net in comparison to Ottawa's 9, and the Senators outhit the Flyers.
The second period was another even, gritty physical period, until Patrick Wiercioch wristed one past Mason on a pass from Cherry Hill, NJ native Bobby Ryan to put the Senators up 2-1 on the power play. The Ottawa lead did not last long, however, as the Senators gave up a penalty, putting the Flyers on the man advantage. Jakub Voracek was the main benefactor of power play, hammering home a big rebound given up by Anderson to knot the game up 2-2. But the game wouldn't stay tied for long, as the Flyers continued the pressure. Luke Schenn, who picked up his first assist of the year on Raffl's goal, smacked home a slapshot to put the Flyers in front 3-2, a lead which would last into the final period.
But the Flyers and Steve Mason got the third period off to a rough start. It didn't take long for the Senators to knot the game up again once the period began. Clarke MacArthur picked up his second goal of the game on a deflection in front of Steve Mason from a Bobby Ryan wrist shot. Then, six minutes later, Kyle Turris made a nice play and beat Mason with a soft wrister that Mason should have had, but did not see – this made it 4-3 Senators. But as was very characteristic of this game in general, no lead was safe. Less than three minutes after Turris' goal, Kimmo Timonen picked up a pass from Sean Couturier and got it past Anderson to tie this game up. The rest of the third period was a stalemate, and the game went into overtime.
Overtime featured a couple odd-man rushes in both directions, but neither team was able to capitalize in the extra time. The shootout began with each goalie stopping the first two shots. However, Jason Spezza stepped in and put on dazzling move with great stick handling to give the Senators the first shootout goal of the entire season for them. Sean Couturier was not able to capitalize on Craig Anderson, ringing one off the crossbar, to give the Senators the 5-4 win in the shootout.
The Flyers drop another game, but do pick up a crucial point in a tough road game. The Flyers fought back from trailing twice, but just weren't able to get it done in the shootout. Steve Mason has had a rough last two games, giving up four in Dallas over the weekend and giving up four and the shootout-winning goal tonight. One of the most consistent pieces on the team all season, Mason is due for a night off, with the Flyers visiting Chicago on Wednesday to play the Blackhawks. It seems appropriate that Ray Emery would get the start against his former team in what should be a thrilling game – the last of the Flyers' current road trip.
Ottawa – 9:30 – PPG: Patrick Wiercioch (2), Assisted by Bobby Ryan (13) and Jason Spezza (17)
Philadelphia – 11:43 – PPG: Jakub Voracek (4), Assisted by Kimmo Timonen (6) and Scott Hartnell (3)
Philadelphia – 13:33: Luke Schenn (2), Assisted by Michael Raffl (3) and Wayne Simmonds (10)
Ottawa – 2:21: Clarke MacArthur (11), Assisted by Bobby Ryan (14) and Erik Karlsson (21)
Ottawa – 8:21: Jason Turris (7), no assists
Philadelphia – 10:58: Kimmo Timonen (2), Assisted by Sean Couturier (10)
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