Flyers Drop Chaotic Affair in Ottawa
A zany, topsy-turvy game that featured four regulation lead changes occurred at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday evening. One team knew they would be heartbroken from its result.
It ended up being the Flyers, as the Senators defeated them 5-4 in the shootout.
Jason Spezza's sensational triple deke move in the shootout was not only the Senators' first shootout goal of the season, but the game winner as well.
Additionally, Senators starter Craig Anderson made three saves in the shootout, his first three of the season.
Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek had a glorious chance to win in overtime after a Flyers giveaway. Turris found Michalek with a perfect pass, but the struggling Michalek hit the side of the net.
Most lead changes occurred in the second and third periods. When it looked like one of these teams was down and out and ready to fold, each would respond in kind.
Turris led a 3-on-2 rush midway through the third period. Turris flung the puck towards Flyers starter Steve Mason, deflecting off of defenseman Luke Schenn's skate and into the Flyers' net to take a 4-3 lead.
This game was the second time Mason allowed more than three goals this season. That feat previously happened on Saturday in Dallas.
Mason ended up with 30 saves on 34 shots in regulation, and two more in the shootout. Now nine goals have been scored in two games.
"[Mason] had some good saves for us," captain Claude Giroux said. "We need to do a better job of getting the two points.
"Going into the third period and giving up the lead is tough," Mason said.
When the Flyers could have folded at that point, they did not. Kimmo Timonen's left point wrister found a hole through Anderson to tie it up at 4.
Clarke MacArthur scored his first of two goals on the night for the Senators to tie things up early in the third period after Mason spat out a juicy rebound. Mark Streit could not tie up a charging MacArthur, and after a short review to see if the puck was kicked in, the goal stood to tie it at 3.
It was MacArthur's third goal in two games.
Previously, the Flyers held a lead after two quick second period goals.
A Mark Methot holding penalty led to a Flyers power play that had not shown much all night. Voracek corralled a blocked shot off of Jared Cowen's boot and slammed it by a stunned Anderson to tie what was a 2-1 game.
Voracek proved to be the Flyers' most noticeable forward on this night. Against the Senators, Voracek scored three goals and an assist. For better or for worse, three of Voracek's four goals so far this season came against Ottawa.
Schenn's goal was the result of a strategy that has crushed the Senators all year long—hard forechecking. Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds grinded out a cycle, and Raffl fed a wide open Schenn, who wound up and fired it past Anderson with Simmonds in front.
Raffl initiated this game's chaos, opening the scoring for the Flyers, scoring his first NHL goal off of a Simmonds shot that rocketed right back onto his stick. He ended his night with two points, and his first ever multi-point effort.
"It's nice to get the first goal," Raffl said. "But it would have been nicer to come away with the win as well. It's disappointing."
The home team had taken a one-goal lead after Bobby Ryan knocked down a fluttering Jason Spezza pass, spinning a delicious dish to defenseman Patrick Wiercioch who scored a power play goal past a sprawling Mason.
Mason had made a huge save on Mika Zibanejad just moments earlier, but he could not keep the determined Senators off the board.
Perhaps in ironic fashion, on every open opportunity, Sens Army chorused "SHOOT" to their players. It took a bit of passing to break through the Flyers' penalty killers.
MacArthur started the scoring for the Senators on a bad Flyers bounce midway through the first frame. An outlet pass struck Steve Downie's skate, skittering into the Flyers' defensive zone. MacArthur streaked in, shot five hole to score.
Craziness aside, Anderson put forth a marvelous effort in net for Ottawa. He made a show-stopping glove save on Voracek and a diving stop off of a slap pass and a rebound from Giroux, both in the third period.
After garnering five of ten total points on the extended road trip, one more game remains. It all comes to a conclusion in Chicago, the home of the reigning Stanley Cup champions.