NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Philadelphia
(Sunday, January 20th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Ottawa 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Scottie Upshall had two goals and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers roughed up the Ottawa Senators, 6-1, at the Wachovia Center.
Braydon Coburn had a goal and two assists while Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves for the Flyers, who have won four straight.
Chris Kelly scored the lone goal for the Senators, who have dropped four of their last five games. Martin Gerber started in net, but was pulled after the second period as he let in four goals on 14 shots. Ray Emery finished the game between the pipes and gave up two goals on seven shots.
The Senators were without their top two scores as Daniel Alfredsson sat out for the second straight game after suffering a hip flexor injury on Thursday while Dany Heatley is out for at least the next five weeks with a separated shoulder.
The Flyers wasted no time taking the lead as the team lit the lamp just 1:37 in. Upshall had the puck along the left boards and dished it to Coburn, who was charging in from the slot and one-timed the puck into the right corner of the net.
Philadelphia used its top-ranked power play to take a 2-0 lead with 6:44 left in the first. Jeff Carter held the puck behind the Ottawa net and sent it out front where Scott Hartnell held it for a moment and then snapped a wrister into the right corner.
The Flyers upped their lead to 3-0 just 44 seconds into the second period as Mike Richards made a move to get around a defender and from the right circle sent it to the left side where Upshall wristed the disc past Gerber.
A bit more than three minutes later, R.J. Umberger made it a 4-0 contest as he jammed the puck into the net during a scrum in front for his eighth goal of the season.
Ottawa got on the scoreboard at the 7:27 mark of the second period as Randy Robitaille sent a lead pass to Kelly, who skated into the Flyers end and from the right circle snuck a wrister into the left corner of the net.
Philadelphia got the goal back 3:49 into the third period while shorthanded. After a 3-on-1 rush, Simon Gagne kept the play alive with good work behind the Ottawa net and got the puck out front. From the low right circle Gagne got the puck to Sami Kapanen, who fired the puck past Emery.
Usphall put the exclamation point on the win as he knocked home a loose puck at the right side of the net during a 5-on-3 power play with 2:08 left in the game.
Ottawa's Wade Redden had an assist in the game, which was the 400th point of his career...The Flyers host New Jersey on Tuesday...Ottawa continues its four-game road trip in Florida on Tuesday...Ottawa right wing Brian McGrattan left the game in the first period with a shoulder injury after getting into a fight with Riley Cote...Philadelphia went 2-for-7 on the power play while Ottawa went 0-for-3.
01/20 21:37:44 ET