The Philadelphia Flyers are the best team in the league and the Senators are making a case that they’re the worst. It’s that simple. While Ottawa hung around for a while, Philly showed it was in another class by scoring at will in the third period. At least the Senators showed some guts by mixing it up late, but nobody is questioning their heart at this point. It’s the dearth of premium, NHL-caliber talent.
Mike Richards, Flyers
The Flyers’ captain was the best player on the ice, hitting the scoresheet four times (two goals, two assists). For those keeping track, and the Senators should be, Richards now has seven points in two games against Ottawa this season.
Brian Elliott, Senators
I feel like I’m picking on him right now, but a handful of the goals he allowed were inexcusable. Daniel Briere lifted a short-side shot over Elliott’s shoulder just 2:03 into the first and it was all downhill from there. Elliott has lost now 10 straight games after allowing six goals on 22 shots in this one.
Despite the final score, this game was actually pretty competitive in the first half. Ottawa’s best chance to mount a comeback came when they got a five-on-three power play for 1:41 in the second period. They wasted most of it when they couldn’t gain the zone, then rookie Bobby Butler had his first NHL goal called off due to a high stick pass by Nick Foligno. It’s been that kind of season.
- 23: Penalties after a Royal Rumble broke out in the third period.
- 419: NHL record penalty minutes in the famous Sens-Flyers brawl of 2004.
- 25: Saves for Philly netminder Sergei Bobrovsky.
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The Flyers have now won four straight games, including two on home ice after playing nine of 10 on the road. Could a hotel stay be the secret to their continued success? Teams traditionally have a bit of a letdown game after lengthy trips as players get caught up with their normal lives, so coach Peter Laviolette decided to book a staycation. The Flyers checked in to a hotel ahead of Monday’s match-up with the Washington Capitals, which they won in overtime. The momentum carried over against the Senators.
It appears Milan Michalek finally has his wheels back after battling knee problems all season long. Michalek hit the afterburners on a second period shorthanded breakaway, pulling away from the Flyers and snapping in his third shorthanded goal past Bobrovsky’s blocker. That gave him a share of the NHL lead for shorties. Flyers Claude Giroux, Richards and four others also have three.