WHY THE SENATORS LOST
Philadelphia was working for tips. The way Brian Elliott has been playing lately, the Flyers had to know getting traffic in front of the net and trying to redirect pucks would be key. They did it perfectly in the first period, twice winning clean faceoffs and tipping the ensuing point shots into the cage. The Senators couldn’t do the same against the red hot Sergei Bobrovsky at the other end.
Claude Giroux, Flyers
How on earth was his name left off the NHL All-Star ballot? The former Gatineau Olympiques star scored his 10th goal of the season in this contest — good enough for first place on the Flyers — while also adding two assists to up his point total to 21. Honourable mention to Mike Richards, who picked up a couple of late goals.
Nick Foligno, Senators
Foligno tried hard to sell the idea he was shoved into Bobrovsky in the closing minutes of the second period, but the officials saw right through his act. He was sent to the box for two minutes, but did the skate of shame back to the bench just 26 seconds later after the Flyers scored to make it 3-1.
The Senators’ disciplinary problems. While the Flyers cashed in on Foligno’s misstep, bad penalties erased pretty much any chance of Ottawa mounting a comeback. Erik Karlsson took three consecutive minors in the middle frame. The first wasn’t his fault (more on that later), but the hooking call and delay of game infraction were. Meanwhile, the Senators didn’t get their first power play until the 5:23 mark of the third period and gave up a goal on it.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
It wasn’t shown on T.V., but the Flyers held a moment of silence for Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson’s late daughter prior to Monday night’s game. Daron Richardson, who took her own life at the age of 14 on Saturday, will be memorialized in a public ceremony at Scotiabank Place Wednesday morning. While the Senators were scheduled to head straight for Raleigh to continue their current road trip, they’ll fly home instead to attend.
- 9-0-1: Philadelphia’s record in the last 10 games.
- 46: Shots by the Flyers, including 17 in the first period.
- 5: Goals by Darroll Powe in seven career games against the Senators.
- 1: Loss for Elliott in his last six games.
The officials could have used a little more discretion on the first penalty of Karlsson’s sin bin hat trick. The only reason he had to hook Flyers winger Scott Hartnell on a partial breakaway was because linesman Thor Nelson set a perfect pick on Karlsson at the Philadelphia blue line. Referee Greg Kimmerly had no mercy on the Ottawa defenceman, however, putting the Senators down a man for the first time in the game.