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
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.
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