NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Ottawa
(Sunday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 7, Philadelphia 4
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Alex Kovalev's first career four-goal game, part of a five-point effort, helped Ottawa take a 7-4 decision over Philadelphia at Scotiabank Place.
Chris Kelly netted a pair with an assist for the Senators, who blew an early three-goal lead but won for the fourth time in their last five. Jarkko Ruutu added a goal and one helper.
"We're trying to keep the other teams surprised, playing as well as we have without some key guys," Kovalev said. "We try to play as well as we can, and it's great to see other guys stepping up. Two points makes me happier than the goals."
Brian Elliott got the win in relief, stopping 10-of-11 shots in just over 34 minutes of work. Starter Pascal Leclaire was pulled after yielding three goals on 10 shots.
Ian Laperriere, Darroll Powe, Arron Asham and Mike Richards tallied for the Flyers, who dropped the final two tilts of a six-game road trip but finished the swing at 4-1-1.
Brian Boucher took the loss after allowing five goals on 26 shots as a sub for Michael Leighton, who was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots in less than 10 minutes of action.
Ottawa assumed a 5-4 edge on a delayed penalty call, when Kovalev beat a Philly defenseman and Boucher to a loose puck in the crease 2:57 into the third period.
Kelly then capitalized on a turnover in the Flyers zone and scored on a quick wrister at 6:17 before Kovalev completed his big day with a snapshot from the low slot with 7:02 to play.
"It's obviously disappointing that it happened against a team we didn't expect it to happen," offered Richards. "We need to look back and see what went wrong and move forward. It wasn't a great game or a good effort."
Laperriere broke a 38-game scoreless drought by beating Leclaire 2:10 into the contest with a rolling slap shot from the right wing.
Kovalev tied the game at 4:52, then Kelly followed with a near-side wrister from the right circle at 9:07.
Boucher came on but Ruutu's top-shelf shot from a sharp angle made it 3-1 at 10:27, and Kovalev tallied on one of his patented wristers for a 4-1 game with 7:58 left in the first.
Powe's second-chance stuffer in front at 1:09 of the second period made it a two-goal game, then Asham scored from along the goal line at 5:53.
Richards' blistering one-timer from the point during a two-man advantage tied the game with 7:43 left in the second, but the Flyers didn't convert on the 5- on-4. Nonetheless, the contest was knotted at intermission.
Kovalev, who hadn't scored since posting his last trifecta on December 12, leads all active players with 32 career goals against Philadelphia...The Senators have won four in a row over the Flyers in Ottawa...Ottawa hadn't scored seven times in a game since a 7-1 home win against the Lightning on October 15.
01/03 20:25:54 ET