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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Ottawa



(Thursday, February 26th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Ottawa 1

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Sean Burke turned aside 40 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Senators in a battle of two Eastern Conference contenders at the Corel Centre.

Burke made 13 saves in the second period, nine in the third and seven in overtime for Philadelphia, which is unbeaten in its last three following a three-game skid (2-0-1). Simon Gagne, with his 18th goal, produced the only tally, as the Flyers remained winless versus the Senators over the past five meetings (0-2-3).

"It was important for us to steal a point since we've never done well here," said Flyers' forward Mark Recchi.

Marian Hossa recorded the lone goal for Ottawa, which has just one regulation loss in its last 10 games (6-1-2-1). Ottawa, which has knocked the Flyers out of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, still sits one point behind Philadelphia for the top spot in the East.

Patrick Lalime posted 17 saves for the Senators.

Ottawa opened the scoring at the seven-minute mark of the first period. With Philadelphia forward Sami Kapanen in the penalty box for hooking, Hossa was left all alone near the right post and fired a shot that deflected off of Burke's glove and into the net. The goal, Hossa's 27th of the season, was assisted by Peter Bondra and Martin Havlat.

Just over four minutes later, the Flyers countered with a power-play goal of their own to even the score at one apiece. Alexei Zhamnov held control near the left half-wall and fed the puck down low to Tony Amonte along the goal line. Amonte then centered to Gagne, who redirected it home from the top of the crease at 11:08.

In the second period, the Senators dominated play, putting consistent pressure on Burke while outshooting Philadelphia 13-5. Two plays involving Ottawa forward Antoine Vermette nearly put the Sens ahead.

First, Vermette had an open net in front, but Burke reached across and denied him with the paddle of his stick. Then, with under two minutes in the frame it appeared that the Senators had taken the lead, but Burke was interfered with by Vermette as the puck crossed the line on a shot from the slot, disallowing the goal.

"We had a few chances and Burke made some really good saves," said Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden. "That was the difference."

In the early stages of the third stanza, the Flyers were awarded a five-minute power play after Havlat took a hard slash at Recchi. But the Ottawa penalty killing units were simply too good, as the Flyers struggled to get shots on goal during the man advantage.

Neither team could find the back of the net through the remainder of regulation and the contest went into overtime. Early in the extra session, Ottawa's Jason Spezza had a good look from the right circle, but shot wide.

Perhaps Burke's best save of the night came at the most important time when he stoned Bondra on a breakaway in the final minute of overtime. Seconds later, he also stopped the rebound attempt by Spezza to preserve the tie.

"This is the way Sean plays every game on the road," said Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock. "He is a goalie that can steal games for you and he stole us the point tonight."

Game Notes

Ottawa has earned a point in 19 straight home games (14-0-3-2)...The Flyers are 6-1-2 in their last nine on the road...Earlier Thursday, the Flyers received discouraging news on injured All-Star center Jeremy Roenick. A second MRI exam revealed the possibility of an injury to the circulatory system in his brain. Captain Keith Primeau also remained sidelined with a head injury...Ottawa finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Flyers converted one of their three chances with the extra skater.

02/26 23:56:04 ET


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