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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Ottawa



(Monday, December 1st)

Final Score: Ottawa 4, Philadelphia 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Martin Havlat scored twice and Martin Prusek made 31 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia at the Corel Centre.

Anton Volchenkov and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for the Senators, who won for the first time in three games (1-1-0-1).

Keith Primeau scored for the Flyers, who had their unbeaten streak end at 12 games (10-1-2). Robert Esche turned aside 26-of-29 shots in the loss.

After a scoreless opening period, Havlat scored twice in the middle stanza to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of action. Vaclav Varada started the play at the blue line for the first goal with a pass to Radek Bonk in the slot. Bonk moved the puck to the right circle to Havlat, who tried a return pass. The puck, however, hit Flyers defenseman Eric Weinrich in front and deflected past Esche to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 2:28.

The Senators took advantage of a power play to take a two-goal lead. Wade Redden's shot from the point was wide, but Havlat collected the puck off the back boards and fired the puck off Esche and into the net from a sharp angle at 16:33.

Primeau scored shorthanded to cut the Ottawa lead to 2-1 early in the third period. The Flyers captain stole the puck in the defensive zone and skated up ice on the right wing on a 2-on-1 break. He beat Prusek with a blistering wrist shot from the circle at 3:13.

Volchenkov's first goal of the season restored Ottawa's two-goal lead at 12:08 of the third. Volchenkov beat Esche from the left circle after accepting a cross-ice pass from Marian Hossa.

Alfredsson scored into an empty net with 1:16 left for the final margin.

Game Notes

Prusek, who picked up his first victory of the season (1-2-1), started in place of Patrick Lalime, who was a late scratch due to the flu...Philadelphia lost on the road for the first time in six games (3-1-2)...Ottawa finished 1- for-5 on the power play, while the Flyers failed in two opportunities with the extra skater...Alfredsson, who also had an assist, has a five-game points streak (2 goals, 5 assists)...Esche has never beaten Ottawa (0-2-1)...Volchenkov scored for the first time since January 23, 2003 against Atlanta...Philadelphia lost for the first time this season in regulation when outshooting its opponent (11-1-3-1)...The Senators opened the scoring for the first time in 13 games...The Flyers fell to 1-5-4 in their last 10 non- playoffs games in Canada's capital.

12/01 22:12:46 ET


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