Flyers Slam Lowly Sens, 7-2
The Philadelphia Flyers headed to Ottawa looking to snap a seven-game losing streak at Scotiabank Place Tuesday night. A place that had haunted the franchise seemed like a good place for a 'trap game' with the Washington Capitals awaiting on Thursday.
Instead, the Flyers (4-0-1) did what they were favored to do and trounced the Senators (1-5-0), 7-2.
It was a rookie that made his mark early on in the game and put the contest out of reach. Forward Matt Read scored the game's first goal on a bad-angle shot against goalie Alex Auld. He would go onto assist on two more goals to become the first rookie since Alexandre Picard in 2007 to notch three points in one period.
The second goal was on a power play when Wayne Simmonds drilled a shot over a scrum of players in the crease and past Auld. Claude Giroux added another power play goal to the tallies.
Max Talbot then scored his first of the season at the end of the first period. With a 4-0 advantage, the Flyers looked to be in cruise control.
In the second period, things got sloppy for the Flyers and Jason Spezza broke Sergei Bobrovsky's shutout bid with 1:01 remaining. Philadelphia took four penalties in the stanza.
For the majority of the third period it seemed the final score would stand at 4-1. Then, James van Riemsdyk deflected a power play point shot past Auld's replacement, Craig Anderson. The goal came with 4:35 remaining in the game, and less than a minute later Sean Couturier scored his first NHL goal.
Finally, with just 45 seconds remaining, another Flyers rookie, Harry Zolnierczyk, scored his first NHL goal. Zolnierczyk was called up today to replace Andreas Nodl who was suffering from a lower-body injury.
Ottawa would score with just 20 seconds left in the game to bring the final score to 7-2.
Philadelphia clearly overpowered the Senators on the roster, but the case was the same last year. In a lethargic effort, the Flyers were beaten soundly in Ottawa last year, this team hit first and hit hardest. They lost focus in the second period and parts of the third but came back to put away the tired Senators.
With the Capitals coming to Philadelphia Thursday, it was important for the Flyers to handle their business. Thanks to some outstanding rookie contributions, they did just that.
So long, losing streak.
Read was the game's first star. Giroux and Couturier rounded out the honors. Bobrovsky stopped 21 of 23 shots. The Flyers outshot Ottawa, 10-3 in the first period. Despite the high scoring, Daniel Briere failed to register a point. Read and Scott Hartnell led all players with +3 ratings. Read and Simmonds led the team with 4 shots on goal apiece. Chris Pronger led the team in ice time, with 21:48.