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 Scotiabank Place.
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 confidence going."
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 the third.
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