WHY THE SENATORS WON
It was a David and Goliath battle, with Craig Anderson playing the role of slingshot. The Ottawa netminder was nearly unbeatable Saturday night. One-timer, breakaway, rebound with a seemingly open net — it didn’t matter. He made 14 saves in the first period to keep things close (1-0), and his colleagues took it from there. How unlikely was this win? The Flyers were 21-1-1 this season when leading after one period, while the Senators were 2-15-5 when trailing.
Erik Condra, Senators
Bobby Butler may be the flashiest AHL call-up this season, but Condra is arguably the better all-around player. In addition to earning some penalty kill time due to his tight defensive game, he scored his first NHL goal with a wicked one-timer late in the second period and added another goal in the third.
Kimmo Timonen, Flyers
The Flyers defenceman was a pilon on Ottawa’s first goal, allowing Nick Foligno to walk around him and roof a shot past Brian Boucher. He wasn’t much better on the second, racing to the back of the net and leaving Condra wide open for a successful shot. Minus-two on the night.
Whether Chris Phillips signs an extension with the Senators or waives his no-trade clause to chase Stanley Cup glory, his timing is impeccable: The big defenceman capped a day of furious speculation about his future with his first goal of the year. It was a big one too, giving the Senators a 3-1 lead late in the third period. Could go down as his final tally in an Ottawa sweater.
- 0: Flyers wins in Ottawa since Nov. 2007.
- 6-0-0: Craig Anderson’s record in his last six vs. Philly.
- 6: Points for Jason Spezza in his last three games.
- 0-4: Philadelphia’s power play.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Do It For Daron night at Scotiabank Place, an all-out effort to raise money and awareness about youth mental health issues following the suicide of Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson’s daughter, Daron, in November. The rink was bathed in purple light during the pre-game ceremony, which featured a nice standing ovation for Richardson as he walked out to centre ice to drop the puck. Richardson later presented the Royal Ottawa Hospital with cheques totaling $200,000 in donations.
WILL HE WALK?
You get the feeling that with each outstanding performance Anderson gives the Ottawa Senators, he is less likely to sign here. The big, steady goaltender, acquired last week for Brian Elliott (who has allowed nine goals in two games for Colorado, by the way), should have plenty of suitors when the NHL’s free agency period opens in July. If he gets a decent offer from a team with a chance to challenge for a championship, why would he stick around and suffer through a rebuild here?