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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 Scotiabank Place

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, 2007.

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 saves.

"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 Niittymaki's glove.

Game Notes

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 injury.

11/25 02:33:02 ET


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