Flyers Fall to Senators 4-3

Published on March 31st, 2012

Flyers Wayne Simmonds | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, January 17, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a shoot-out in this day game.  The Flyers fell in a 3-0 hole but battled back to take the game to overtime. 

For this game, Craig Anderson started in net for the Senators and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere- Schenn-Simmonds
Read-Wellwood-Voracek
Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Carle
Coburn-Grossman
Kubina-Bourdon

A common theme for the Flyers for the last several months has been slow starts.  They had another one against the Senators in this afternoon game.  The Sens dominated the Flyers in the 1st period scoring three times.  They got on the board quickly when Jason Spezza converted a nice pass by Daniel Alfredsson at 6:04 of the 1st period.  Then at 11:39, Alfredsson blasted it past Bob and at 14:27 Chris Neil scored.  The Flyers generated some scoring chances in this period but Craig Anderson was strong in net for the Sens.  The Flyers’ best chance to get on the board was when Claude Giroux had a breakaway at 8:30 but he was thwarted by Anderson.

The Flyers came storming back in the 2nd period scoring three goals of their own to tie the game.  Forward Wayne Simmonds got the Flyers on the board at 2:59 of the 2nd period in a strange sequence where Brayden Schenn shot the puck and it went off of Simmonds’ head and into the net.  Flyers Sean Couturier then scored at 14:38 and defenseman Braydon Coburn at 17:17.  Just like in their last home game Monday vs. Tampa Bay, the Flyers followed up a poor 1st period with a very strong 2nd period.

The game grinded to a halt in the 3rd period as both teams played somewhat cautiously.  The Sens really needed at least a point out of this game and looked to be playing for overtime.  They got their wish as the game went to the extra session. 

There was a lot of action in overtime as the teams went all out for the win.  The Flyers had a number of great scoring opportunities including one where Daniel Briere came out from below the net and nailed one of the goalposts with a shot.  No team was able to score in overtime which led to the shoot-out.

The Flyers Matt Read got the first score in the shoot-out but the Sens got the next two and Anderson shut the door on the Flyers final attempt by Briere.  The Sens skated away with the 4-3 win.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the loss said, “Guys fought back and I thought we played hard in the first period.  We got caught, scoring chances went in early for them.  To battle back I think in the second period, tie things up, showed a resilient group…I’m not sure why the third period didn’t have the same zip.  It was a lot – the TV timeouts, my timeout, stoppages, it just didn’t catch any, just couldn’t catch any momentum.  It was a quiet third period.  The overtime had a ton of excitement in it for us, we probably could have scored five goals there but it just didn’t drop.”

The Flyers next game is tomorrow in Pittsburgh vs. the Penguins.

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