Senators down Flyers 4-3 in Shootout

The Flyers once again turned to Alex Lyon as their starting goalie on Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators. It was his third consecutive appearance and second consecutive start as Brian Elliott inched closer to a return from injury.

The Flyers started the game off strong, however in the middle of the first period thing began to turn. Matt Duchene walked in and scored a goal on a three on two rush. Less than 40 seconds later, Derick Brassard would make it 2-0.

Ottawa would control play the rest of the period as the Flyers were unable to do anything with a pair of powerplay chances. On the plus side, they also killed both PK chances, as Ottawa’s 28th ranked powerplay was unable to convert against PHI’s 29th ranked kill.

Early in the second period, the Flyers got one back as a broken rush led to a puck on Sean Couturier’s stick and he buried his 27th goal of the season into a wide open net off a pass from Radko Gudas.

However, a bad luck fall by Claude Giroux led to an odd man rush for Ottawa and Chris DiDomenico scored to make it 3-1 Ottawa.

Late in the period, Matt Duchene appeared to make 4-1, but a successful offsides challenge by Dave Hakstol reversed the goal to preserve the two goal deficit.

Michal Neuvirth replaced Lyon for the third period.

Late in the third, the Flyers got within one as a Brandon Manning shot was deflected behind Craig Anderson by either Claude Giroux or Scott Laughton who were both in front. The scorer initially credited Giroux with the goal, his 16th of the season.

In the closing seconds, the Flyers had a chance to tie it but the puck would not settle for Sean Couturier. After a draw with 8.5 seconds left in the offensive zone was won by Giroux, Nolan Patrick found a rebound and tied the game to guarantee the Flyers a point.

The Flyers lost a six round shootout and picked up a point.

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