Photo credit: Frank Fimmano
A lackluster game by both teams resulted in a lackluster, but positive, result as the Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a shootout, Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Wayne Simmonds was the star for Philadelphia, as he recorded his 16th goal of the season on the power play, as Claude Giroux and Mark Streit picked up the assists. Steve Mason stopped 41/42 shots, and improved his record to 7-12-6. The Flyers ended their five-game losing skid.
Mike Hoffman scored the lone Ottawa goal on what appeared to be an offsides call that the refs missed. Jared Cowen recorded the only assist, as he appeared to be heading off the ice to make a change. Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was strong in net, warding off 33 Philadelphia shots.
An uneventful first period saw the Flyers jump out to an early lead…in shots, but little more.
The second period provided a little more entertainment for Flyers fans, as I engaged them in a twitter AMA. Besides revealing my favorite Cheerios brand (Cheerios Protein, for the record), Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves with Colin Greening, in a fight that Simmonds clearly won.
The second period was not without its chances, as Jakub Voracek continued to show why he is one of the NHL’s rising stars, as he dominated shift after shift. Mason too was able to prove his worth, as he made two dynamic saves, both against Clarke MacArthur.
The third period began in similar fashion for Philadelphia, with an uninspiring effort. The Flyers would finally begin to wake up after Hoffman’s controversial goal at the 6:36 mark of the period.
Philadelphia would knot the game at one at the 9:59 mark on the power play, as Simmonds scored his 9th goal with the man advantage, on the doorstep, on a feed from Giroux.
Despite an increase in effort, the Flyers were unable to close out the Senators in regulation or overtime, as the Orange and Black would head to the dreaded shootout.
Ottawa would strike first, as Mika Zibanejad would beat Mason, but Jakub Voracek would knot it up. Both teams would fail to score as the shout out moved into its fifth round, where Wayne Simmonds would use Charlie Conway’s triple deke to beat Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in the shootout to give Philadelphia their first shout out win since December 2013.