NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Ottawa|
(Saturday, November 24th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Ottawa 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere's second-period goal proved to be
the game-winner, as Philadelphia edged the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, at
Briere added two assists for Philadelphia, which has won two of three. Scott
Hartnell and R.J. Umberger each chipped in a goal and an assist, and Braydon
Coburn recorded two assists. Antero Niittymaki stopped 26 shots to earn his
second win of the season.
Dany Heatley and Wade Redden each recorded two-point nights with a goal and an
assist for the Senators, who have dropped three in a row and four of five
overall. The last time Ottawa lost three straight games was from March 2-6,
Martin Gerber started the game, allowing three goals on 25 shots before being
replaced in the second period by Ray Emery. Emery finished the game with 15
"We're struggling as a team," said Senators forward Mike Fisher. "We're not
playing well, especially defensively in our own zone. We're a good team and we
just have to play a full 60 minutes. We have to get our hunger back."
The Sens took a 2-1 lead to the first intermission, but Hartnell scored 58
seconds into the second period to tie the game. Briere carried the puck into
the Senators zone and dropped it off to Hartnell in the left circle. Hartnell
blasted the puck from the top of the faceoff dot past Gerber.
Christoph Schubert then put Ottawa back on top, 3-2, at the 3:30 mark when he
fired a wrister from the right corner that banked off the skate of Niittymaki.
Mike Richards responded for the Flyers with 12:09 remaining in the second.
His initial shot was blocked by Redden at the right circle, but Richards
continue to drive to the net and backhanded the puck between the legs of
Gerber, who was caught out of position. The tally signaled the end of
Gerber's night in favor of Emery.
The Flyers forged ahead, 4-3, with 6:49 left in the second. Hartnell threaded
a pass from the top of the left circle to Briere, who was streaking down the
slot, and he tipped the puck into a half-open net.
Emery was pulled in favor of an extra skater late in the third, but Ottawa
could not net the equalizer.
"It's nice to get the win, especially in this building where it's hard to
play," said Hartnell. "It was a big victory for us, a big two points."
Ottawa used the power play to grab a 1-0 lead at the 6:33 mark of the first
period. Redden's blast from the left point beat a screened Niittymaki.
Umberger answered back for the Flyers 1:39 later with a quick snap shot that
found room on the short side.
Heatley put the Senators ahead, 2-1, with 5:50 remaining in the opening
stanza. The shifty forward walked into the attacking zone, pulled up near the
top of the right circle and unleashed a laser to the top shelf over
Philadelphia won in Ottawa for the first time since a 5-3 triumph on October
30th, 2005...Heatley extended his goal-scoring streak to four games...Ottawa's
Jason Spezza has recorded at least one assist in four consecutive
games...Briere has scored in three straight contests, and has collected eight
points over the last three games...The Flyers outshot the Senators 41-29.
Their 41 shots were a season-high. Coming into the game, Philly had been
outshot an average of 8.6 shots-per-game, the largest deficit in the
NHL...Ottawa's captain Daniel Alfredsson missed the game due to a groin
11/25 02:33:02 ET