NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Philadelphia|
(Thursday, February 12th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The dynamic trio of Dany Heatley, Daniel
Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each registered a goal and an assist, as the
Ottawa Senators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Nick Foligno and Antoine Vermette also tallied for the Senators, who have won
three in a row for the first time since March 8-13 of last year. Brian Elliott
stood tall between the pipes, making 34 saves for Ottawa.
"Our goaltender was the best player on the ice tonight," said Ottawa head
coach Cory Clouston. "I just thought our energy level dropped off in that
third period. We bent but we didn't break."
With the flu bug finally subdued, Flyers captain Mike Richards and fellow
forward Scottie Upshall returned to the lineup after identical three-game
absences. Richards lit the lamp and Upshall picked up the primary assist on
Darroll Powe's marker.
Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 23 shots for Philadelphia, which had a
modest two-game win streak snapped and lost for the third time in five games.
"Our momentum started to come in the second half of the first period," said
Flyers head coach John Stevens. "Then it seems likes any time there was a
break, it ended up in our net."
Ottawa struck for the game's first goal on a friendly carom with 1:38
remaining in the opening frame. Heatley's wrister from the middle of the left
circle caught the far post and pinballed off the skate of Flyers forward Scott
Hartnell and the leg of Niittymaki before sliding across the goal line. A two-
time 50-goal scorer, Heatley has less than half that total this season,
lighting the lamp just 23 times.
Philadelphia forward Riley Cote, who, as a pugilist, is no stranger to the
penalty box, upended a Senator player in the defensive zone, resulting in a
tripping minor. Ottawa quickly went to work on the power play. Brendan Bell
held the puck below the right circle before zipping a pass through the crease
that bounced off Spezza's skate at the left post and trickled over the goal
line at the 8:40 mark of the second period.
Foligno made it a 3-0 game with 13.8 seconds left in the middle stanza.
The Flyers finally solved the rookie goaltender at the eight-minute mark
of the third period. Elliott turned aside an Upshall slap shot with the left
pad, but Powe banged in the rebound.
Alfredsson restored a three-goal lead for the visitors with 9:45 left in the
frame, then Richards fired a wrister over the right shoulder of Elliott 39
seconds later to trim the deficit to 4-2.
Vermette effectively put the game away, using a backhand-forehand deke to beat
Niittymaki with 4:40 remaining in the game.
Ottawa has won two of the three meetings with Philadelphia this season and
eight of the last 13 encounters overall...Niittymaki had gone 5-1-0 with a
2.07 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in his previous six
games...The Senators finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Philly was 0-
02/12 22:53:51 ET