First period Ottawa's youth would get the first scoring chance of the game, with Brady Tkachuk trying to make a…
Ottawa’s youth would get the first scoring chance of the game, with Brady Tkachuk trying to make a home on the threshold, but he was denied by Anthony Stolarz. Tkachuk scored three points in his first match against Flyers earlier this season in Ottawa.
But it would be the flyers that would hit first, with the top line that makes the honors. Travis Konecny en-timed a perfect flow from Claude Giroux to beat Mike McKenna and make it 1-0 barely five minutes in. Ivan Provorov picked up the second assistant to the goal, which redirected Chris Tierney in front of McKenna.
The lead was short-lived, with Thomas Chabot who beat Stolarz less than two minutes after the Konecny goal to even make things 1
-1. It is Chabot’s seventh season as he continues his Erik Karlsson impression for Sens, once again, the NHL scorer heads the defense of Morgan Rielly’s defender with Tally. Like the King’s goal, it was also helped by friendly fire, when the shot looked at Oskar Lindblom on his way to Stolarz.
A really bad interference penalty by Robert Hagg would give Ottawa the first power game in the game 6:59 in, although Flyers would kill it without allowing a shot at goal. Death was helped by Michael Raffle’s return, which had a good shift shorthanded and then registered a scoring chance of a deflection not long after.
Jordan Weal was next up to take a stupid penalty, going out for a crossroads in the offensive zone at 13:37. But the pilots could get another clean death, which did not allow senators to get much zone time much less attitude to the game. Weal almost fought with a high rising shot that was tied to the upper corner, but McKenna choked the bid to keep things up until 3:02 left.
Flyers almost hit the buzz when Nolan Patrick reached the net of a Jake Voracek pass, but McKenna shoved the bid among his 10 files in the frame.
After 20: Flyers 1, Senators 1
McKenna would be up to more of the same to start the second, denying Giroux and Konecny on back-to-back chances as the top line picked up where they left in it first. The flyers would continue the pressure with good shifts from the Weal line and then the Scott Laughton line to keep things rolling.
The pressure would pay off Jake Voracek and put McKenna past a delayed call to make it 2-1 Flyers only 3:22 in the frame. It is the sixth year of Voracek, which completes a five-game meaningless streak in the process. Provorov picked up his second aid of the night, with Laughton getting the other to help with tally.
Radko Gudas would keep the ice leaning towards the senator end, pushing home a point shot by a mess of traffic and past McKenna to make it 3-1 Flyers. It’s God’s first season, only 2:38 after Voracek gave Flyer’s lead, and it ends a 52-year goalkeeper (including postseason) for the bearded defender.
Stolarz was not busy with Flyer’s playing game, but Stolarz came up with a dandy rescue near Tkachcuk after a terrible turnout from Shayne Gostisbehere to keep the two goals intact.
Stolarz would invoke to protect lead again late in others with James van Riemsdyk outside to tripping to send the senators back to the power game. Bobby Ryan tested Stolarz with a bad time, but the netmines came over to make a good save on Cherry Hills own.
After 40: Flyers 3, Senators 1
Scott Laughton would get the first chance of third on a semi-breakaway, but felt Senator’s defender winning on him and firing a police shot high above McKenna. Laughton would build on an already two-point night with the chance.
McKenna held the senators in range with another stop at an odd man speed that ended with a Nolan Patrick chance 6:03 when the pilots pushed to a goal in the early stages of the third. The last online builder was really the only reason why the deficit was no bigger given the huge difference in shorts between the two clubs with Flyers who play a melody on a 36-17 edge in a shot with just over eight minutes left in the period.
But despite the edge of play, Brady Tkachuk would pull the senators in a goal by keeping home a loose puck that Stolarz could not find when Mark Stone called a shot of the post. This goal brings Flyer’s lead to 3-2 with 8:28 left in the game. Stolarz got help from the post on Stones shot, but the puck ended up on the side of his pillow and fell to the ice and Tkachuks stick as the goalkeeper tried to turn around to find it.
Less than two minutes later, the senators would finish the comeback, with Tkachuk rejecting a Thomas Chabot spot shot past Stolarz to level things at 3-3 by 6:34 left. If he was not a Flyer’s murderer after three points in his debut against Orange and Black, his two goals in this probably will seal.
The Matt Duches would give the dead shot and hit a loose puck out of the air from their own blocked shot past Stolarz to give the senators their first lead at night at 4-3 with 2:59 left in regulation.
A late flurry with Flyers’ just empty would prove futile as senators finish the comeback and hit Flyers in a third period meltdown.
Final: Senators 4, Flyers 3
Yeeeeeeeeeeep. The way she goes, boys (and girls).