NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Philadelphia|
(Thursday, January 20th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Ottawa 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards tied a season high with four
points on two goals and two assists, as the Philadelphia Flyers used a three-
goal third period to break open a close game and defeat Ottawa, 6-2.
Danny Briere and Andrej Meszaros posted a goal and helper each for the Flyers,
winners of four straight and eight of nine overall.
Scott Hartnell also tallied while Sergei Bobrovsky halted 25-of-27 shots for
Philadelphia opened up a five-point lead over Pittsburgh in the Atlantic
Division and Eastern Conference standings after the Penguins were shut out at
"Things don't change the scoreboard, players change the scoreboard," said
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette of his club going up 3-0, then letting
Ottawa score twice before their third-period explosion. "In the third period,
we needed to find the momentum. They thought they were in the game, thought
they could win."
Milan Michalek and Nick Foligno found the net for the Senators, who have lost
four straight and 10 of their last 11. Brian Elliott was shelled for all six
goals on just 22 shots.
Hartnell put the Flyers ahead by a 4-2 count at 7:50 of the third, on his
second-chance rebound from the right post. Briere created the chance by
circling from behind the net to the left post before sliding a shot to the
It was a three-goal edge for the home club more than three minutes later when
Elliott kicked out a Richards shot, but James van Riemsdyk netted the rebound
from the left wing.
Meszaros then collected his second tally in as many games on a power play to
make it 6-2 for Philadelphia 80 seconds later.
"Different people every night, that's what's given us success so far this
season," Richards said when asked about the spread in scoring.
Briere got on the board just after the two-minute mark when he wound up from
the bottom of the right circle and scored under the crossbar.
Richards made it 2-0 at 4:14 when he glided through the slot to tip in a
Braydon Coburn point shot.
Ottawa had a 5-on-3 advantage prior to the midway point of the second period,
which was killed off by the home team. The Sens had a 5-on-4 goal waved off
a short time later because Foligno's stick was above the crossbar when it made
contact with the puck before the successful shot.
Philly went up 3-0 with 3:43 left in the second on a two-man advantage, when
Richards faked a pass from the right circle and slid a shot through Elliott's
pads, but Michalek's short-handed breakaway cut Ottawa's deficit back to two
less than two minutes later.
Foligno then tapped in a rebound at the right post with 45.6 seconds to go and
the visitors were down one heading to the final period.
Richards also picked up four points (1G, 3A) in a 7-4 win at Los Angeles on
December 30...Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger returned to the lineup after
missing 13 games with a broken right foot, and notched two assists with a
plus-one in just over 20 minutes of ice time...Elliott has dropped 10 straight
starts, dating back to a December 26 win over Pittsburgh...Philly has won six
of its last eight home games over Ottawa.
01/20 23:05:41 ET