Flyers blank Senators 5-0

Cory Conacher of the Ottawa Senators is hit in the head by a Philadelphia Flyers during first period of NHL action at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, November 12, 2013. Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen

Poor Craig Anderson.

What a night to pick for his return.

After helping backup Robin Lehner be named goalie of the week for his three straight wins, the Ottawa Senators let Anderson, their No. 1 goalie, fend for himself against the Philadelphia Flyers. Welcome back indeed.

Back after missing three games, Anderson was hung with a 5-0 loss that dropped his record to 4-5-2. It marked the first time the Senators were blanked this season.

Jakub Voracek, who came into the game with only one goal in his first 16 games, had two goals for the Flyers, while Matt Read, Vincent Lecavalier, and Brayden Schenn had the others.

Lecavalier’s goal, at 7:57 of the third, was particularly bad. Marc Methot’s attempted clearing pass went right to Lecavalier in the slot, and his shot deflected off Mark Borowiecki’s stick and fooled Anderson.

It could have been worse, too, but for Anderson.

He stopped Voracek on a first-period breakaway and he got his paddle on a shot from Claude Giroux as the second period ended.

Chris Neil had an apparent goal called back with 5:41 left because of a high stick.

The Senators are now off until Friday, when they host the Boston Bruins at the Canadian Tire Centre. Tuesday’s game attracted 16,398 fans.

Anderson faced 31 shots while Steve Mason faced 24.

For the first 15 minutes, neither team had a really great chance.

And even Read’s goal, at 16:24, was more accident than design.

An odd bounce off the back of the net gave him a chance for a wraparound that should have gone straight through the crease but deflected in off Anderson’s left pad.

It was bad luck, but deserved. The Senators weren’t doing themselves any favours, and only about a minute later they narrowly escaped falling behind when Anderson stopped Voracek on a breakaway. The play started when Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen conspired to turn the puck over in the neutral zone.

That was a foreshadowing of what would happen in the second period.

Just 28 seconds in, Voracek got his first of two, on a quick wraparound at the right post, and 10 minutes later with Borowiecki off for interference he made it 3-0. A couple of nice passes from Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds gave Voracek half an empty net to shoot at.

But Anderson kept the Senators in it when he stopped Giroux with a wonderful save at the buzzer, just getting his paddle on the puck at the left post.

Ottawa defenceman Chris Phillips missed his first game after 106 straight games with an undisclosed injury. Joe Corvo took his spot.

GAME FILE

WHY THEY LOST
Because they were unaccountably sloppy. The number of giveaways will give coach Paul MacLean nightmares, while the Flyers, in the first of a three-game road trip, played perhaps their best game of the season.

CHEERS
Claude Giroux: He played a terrific all-around game, just missing a goal on a terrific save by Anderson at the end of the second but collecting assists on Voracek’s two goals. Ditto Vincent Lecavalier, with a goal and an assist.

JEERS
Ottawa’s defence: As bad a night as they’ve had in some time. With Chris Phillips out, Joe Corvo was in and Eric Gryba sat again. That is certain to change on Friday.

OLD COMRADES
Five players from the Senators and Flyers played together on Canada’s goal-medal winning junior team in 2008: Steve Mason, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Luke Schenn from the Flyers, and Kyle Turris from the Senators.

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