1 win over Philadelphia Flyers
PHILADELPHIA The Senators powerless power play has pandora jewellery come under much scrutiny of late, mostly as its ineffectiveness has pushed the team toward the outskirts of the playoff picture.
But Thursday night in Philly, the power play rose to a key occasion and helped stop Ottawa’s longest losing streak of the season at five games.
“It was a special teams game again tonight. “Our special teams ended up winning the game, and I thought we got some great play out of our whole group,” he said.
With Claude Giroux serving four minutes for high sticking Mika Zibanejad’s face, the Senators remembered how to take advantage of a man advantage.
Patrick Wiercioch sprung Colin Greening for a breakaway, and the big winger put a shot over Ilya Bryzgalov’s left shoulder with 5:36 left in the third to lead the Senators to a 3 1 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
Daniel Alfredsson’s empty netter with seven seconds left sealed the victory.
Robin Lehner was solid in Ottawa’s goal, stopping 24 shots.
If the Flyers did have any realistic hope of making the playoffs, it is gone now. The Senators, who were edging closer t pandora jewellery pandora jewellery o the ninth spot in the standings, can breathe a little easier as they head to New Jersey for the final test of a six game road trip.
The win leaves them with a 1 4 mark on the journey to this point.
Before Greening’s goal, the Senators had scored just once in 25 power play chances.
“Given the gravity of the situation, five losses in a row, we’re in a playoff hunt right now. It was a similar situation as the last five games. Tied going into the third period. Last five games it’s always been the opposing team that’s gotten the goal to go ahead, which has been frustrating,” he said.
On this night, they wound up 1 for 6 while the goal by Orl product Claude Giroux was scored while the Flyers were short handed.
Philly’s No. 2 ranked power play was 0 for 2.
Zack Smith’s goal, his first in 10 games, was his fourth of the season. In alone on Bryzgalov, Smith looked like he was losing possession of the puck before he pulled it back in, then went to his backhand, and tucked it into the net.
Smith added, “I thought we had a pretty good first period. Getting the first one was nice.”
The Senators had a chance to go up by a couple when Kimmo Timonen was sent off for holding Kyle Turris 25 seconds after the Smith goal. Jakob Silfverberg was presented the puck as he cruised in on Bryzgalov, but the big goalie stoned him.
On the second side of the period’s midway mark, the Senators pandora jewellery power play had another opportunity but wound up on the ice for a goal against. Silfverberg was covering Giroux, but left him alone just as Simon Gagne was sending the puck toward the net. Giroux deflected the shot past Lehner for his 12th goal, and first short handed marker of the season.
The Senators led 24 14 on the shot clock through two periods, but that didn’t do justice to their edge in zone time. Through 40 minutes, they fired 55 shots toward the Flyer net that were either blocked, went wide or stopped by Bryzgalov. Philadelphia sent 22 in Lehner’s general direction.
The Senators killed off an Andre Benoit penalty that extended into the third period, and shortly after they did, Guillaume Latendresse’s chance in front of Bryzgalov was snuffed.
Ottawa tempted fate by giving the NHL’s second ranked power play another chance right after that, but again the penalty killers and Lehner held the fort.
Pageau misses on a tip . Smith splits the ‘D’ and wakes up Bryzgalov with a backhand deke . Silfverberg breaks through on the power play . Rosehill roughs up Conacher . Gagne spinaround shot is deflected in by Giroux for a shortie . Zibanejad fires high over the net . Knuble allowed to walk out in front for a point blank chance . Condra snap shot gloved down . Senators out chance the hosts and outshoot the Flyers 15 7.
Latendresse gets two chances alone in front and Bryzgalov covers up . Six straight Flyers shots in a two minute span as the Senators withstand some pressure . Silfverberg banks one off the side of the net . Zibanejad cut by a high stick . Greening slips behind the ‘D’ and snaps one past Bryzgalov on the front half of the double minor. Pageau coolly flips the puck out of danger in the final minutes . Alfredsson steals the puck and seals it with an empty netter. Flyers outshoot Ottawa 11 10, but Senators hold a 34 25 advantage in the game.
Paul MacLean shows all sorts of confidence in young J G Pageau in his first NHL game, who rewards his coach with some veteran like savvy in the final minutes of a one goal game.