NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Ottawa |
(Sunday, January 7th)
Final Score: Ottawa 6, Philadelphia 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored twice and added a primary
assist to guide the Ottawa Senators past the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-1, at
Daniel Alfredsson donated a goal and two assists while Martin Gerber made
20 saves for the Senators, who have won six of their last eight.
R.J. Umberger netted the lone goal for Philadelphia, which has dropped three
in a row since its three-game winning streak. Antero Niittymaki allowed six
goals on 43 shots.
"We've struggled here for a bit now and it's disappointing," said
Philadelphia's Jeff Carter. "It's the little things we've done all year that
are starting to hurt us. Right from the start we were talking about coming out
hard and trying to put them on their heels but that didn't happen tonight.It's
the same thing that's been happening all year."
Ottawa opened up the scoring at the 6:59 mark of the first period, as
Alfredsson pounced on a deflected shot in the bottom of the right circle and
punched it into the wide open net.
Joseph Corvo upped the advantage to 2-0 with 3:31 left in the opening stanza
on a slapshot from the left point that beat a screened Niittymaki glove side.
The Flyers struck back early in the second. Umberger chased down a loose puck
deep in Ottawa territory for a breakaway opportunity, which he cashed in on by
grabbing his own rebound and stuffing it past Gerber.
The Sens, though, lashed back with three straight tallies in the second period
to gain full command.
Heatley had two of those goals, including a breakaway marker at the 9:46 mark
to make it 3-1.
"Everyone's picked their game up," Heatley said. "We've been playing well for
the most part from the goalie right up. The biggest reason we're still okay is
everyone's skating better and playing better. It's nice for Gerber to get one
at home here in front of the fans. He played well and it should get him some
Joshua Hennessy added a backhander from the doorstep with 5:18 on the clock,
and Heatley capped the surge moments later on a deflection goal.
Chris Kelly finished the scoring with a snapshot from the left circle early in
Philadelphia captain Peter Forsberg missed his third straight game with a
right groin injury...The Senators are 3-0 against Philly this season and have
taken four of the last five meetings.
01/07 21:17:14 ET