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Senators Snap Five-Game Skid; Beat Fading Flyers 3-1

The Ottawa Senators came into Philadelphia desperately needing a win to right the ship in a bad way and they delivered.

The Flyers, still with a glimmer of hope left for a playoff berth, did not deliver and wasted a great game by Ilya Bryzgalov. Dominated for 60 minutes the Flyers lost 3-1 to Ottawa Thursday night.

This was the second time the Flyers couldn't take advantage of a team on a major losing skid in the last three games.

On Saturday, the Flyers enabled the Winnipeg Jets to snap a five-game losing streak by dropping the game, 4-1. Ottawa was on a five-game losing streak heading into tonight.

Ottawa struck first in the opening period. Just 3:20 into the game, Zack Smith caught Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers defense napping to give the Senators a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Smith skated in alone between Kimmo Timonen and Bruno Gervais. He deked Bryzgalov way out of position and deposited the puck into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

Philadelphia answered later in the period.

While on the penalty kill, Simon Gagne and Claude Giroux set up shop after a two-on-one while short-handed. Gagne's first shot was blocked but Giroux was able to redirect the rebound past Robin Lehner to tie the game up, 1-1.

The Flyers were completely out-played in the second period. Though they didn't surrender a goal, they were out-shot 15-7, being kept alive by a fantastic effort from Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots on the night, doing his part to keep the Flyers in the game.

The Flyers kept bending in the third period. They eventually broke with 5:36 remaining in the third when Colin Greening scored on the first half of a double-minor to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead.

Giroux was called for a four-minute double minor for high-sticking Ottawa's Mike Zibanejad. Giroux's stick caught Zibanejad up high, causing the Senator to bleed from the chin.

Less than 30 seconds into the power play, Greening skated in and fired a wrister past Bryzgalov to give Ottawa the lead. The Flyers managed to kill the last two minutes of the power play.

The Flyers pulled Bryzgalov with about a minute and a half remaining but couldn't come up with the game-tying heroics. Daniel Alfredsson iced the game with the empty-netter, sealing the 3-1 win.


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