The Ottawa Senators looked to inflict more damage on a hurting Philadelphia Flyers. Instead they hurt themselves as they simply couldn’t get the job done.
The game got off to an electric start. Both teams racing out of the blocks. The Ottawa Senators still suffering from similar mistakes at times. Allowing the opposition D to skate with ease into the offensive zone. Adding a few sloppy giveaways in their own zone as well.
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A few debatable calls against the Ottawa Senators early on. Most notably Chris Wideman getting two minutes for an apparent high stick on Brandon Manning. Upon the replay, Wideman’s stick never made contact with the face of Manning, who insisted on the dramatics. The opening goal of the night resulting from the penalty, with Brayden Schenn tipping in from the slot. A sour taste left in the mouth of the Ottawa Senators who were playing well until they were seemingly robbed by Manning’s theatrics.
Erik Karlsson grabbed his 15th of the season before the farce surrounding Philly’s goal ensued. A lovely shot from just in front of the blue-line with pure velocity beating the hapless Mason.
The second period was a drab affair to say the least. Both teams unable to control the puck in the neutral zone, gifting the puck to one another.
Kyle Turris would give the Ottawa Senators the lead for the second time in the game,12:35 into the third frame. Cody Ceci taking two Flyers off their skates as he switched the puck back to Turris who wired it home.
Craig Anderson who was having a wonderful night before 15th minute of the third, gifted the puck to Weal who fired into an empty net. Mistakes happen, the game going to overtime cannot be solely placed on him at all. Keeping the Sens in the game as he always does. At the end of regulation, the Flyers had outshot the Sens 31-23.
Pageau, Pyatt and Ceci opened up for the Sens. Karlsson striking the post within the first minute of the additional period, a trademark Karlsson move. With Anderson keeping the Sens in contention with an outrageous save, using the left elbow. The Sens just about holding on in the end of the extra five.
Anderson finishing the game with a .942 save percentage, that mistake doesn’t look so big now, considering he kept the team afloat.
Turris, Ryan and Pyatt all missing in the shootout as Philadelphia secure both points. The Sens leaving the Wells Fargo with a disappointing single point. With Boston, Montreal and Toronto all winning at time of writing, it isn’t plain sailing for Ottawa. Their form in March is baffling, 0-2-1 against Montreal and 8-1-1 against other teams in March.
At least they secured a point, as every point matters at this stage of the season.