Senators punctured by quick strikes

A quick offensive burst by the Philadelphia Flyers following a lengthy video review made all the difference as the Ottawa Senators lost 5-2 here Tuesday.

Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators, playing in his 800th NHL game, tussles with Erik Gustafsson #26 of the Philadelphia Flyers along the boards on November 19, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

FLYERS 5, SENATORS 2

PHILADELPHIA — A quick offensive burst by the Philadelphia Flyers following a lengthy video review made all the difference as the Ottawa Senators lost 5-2 here Tuesday.

With the game deadlocked 2-2 midway through the third period, officials in Toronto upheld an on-ice decision that Kyle Turris had not scored a go-ahead goal.

On the play, Flyers defenceman Nicklas Grossman stopped the puck with both skates, but it was oh-so-close as to whether the puck had crossed the goal line.

After the non-goal call went the Flyers’ way, they pounced.

Kimmo Timonen and Wayne Simmonds scored 23 seconds apart against Senators goaltender Robin Lehner, giving the Flyers some breathing room.
From there, Philadelphia closed the door.

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopped Turris on a penalty shot with 5:06 remaining, preserving the two-goal margin. Adam Hall bounced the puck into an empty net to wrap up the scoring.

The Senators (8-9-4) have lost three of their past four games, while the Flyers (8-10-2) have gone 4-0-1 in their past five games.

The wild third period was full of dramatic changes of momentum.

Turris tied the game with a power-play goal, 3:12 into the frame, after Marc Methot’s shot from the blue-line bounced off the boards and directly into the slot.

In the second, Clarke MacArthur scored his fourth of the year — also on the power play — to get the Senators on the board, ending a run of seven straight Flyers’ goals, dating back to Philadelphia’s 5-0 romp in Ottawa on Nov. 12.

Only a great save from Mason in the final minute of the second — following an outstanding pass from Bobby Ryan — kept the Flyers ahead going into the third period.

After the opening two periods, the difference was a goal from Sean Couturier. It was the forward’s first goal of the season and his first in 25 games overall, dating all the way back to April 25. From Lehner’s point of view, it couldn’t have been any uglier.

The shot came from behind the goal line, somehow deflecting off the netminder and into the net.

The tally, 5:18 into the second period, gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead.

Once again, for the 15th time in 21 games, the Senators yielded the first goal.

This time it came on the power play, with Claude Giroux starting and ending the play.

He kept the play alive deep in the Senators’ zone by making a pass to the blue-line while on his knees and seconds later, he cashed in on a rebound after Lehner was caught out of his crease.

It was only Giroux’s second goal of the year, but after a frigid start, he now has two goals and three assists in his past five games.

The power-play goal came after the Senators failed to convert on three of their own power plays, including a stretch of 12 seconds with a 5-on-3 edge.

There was some bad luck involved — Jason Spezza rifled a shot off the post on the first power-play chance — but by and large, Ottawa generated little with the man advantage.

Coach Paul MacLean abandoned the idea of playing four forwards on the power play, with both Marc Methot and Chris Phillips seeing time on the blue-line alongside Erik Karlsson.

GAME FILE

WHY THEY WON/LOST:

CHEERS: Kimmo Timonen. The Flyers assistant captain scored a goal, including the game winner, and added two assists, as the Flyers improved their home record to 4-7-0.
JEERS: Senators composure. Yes, the video call went against them, but the Senators fell apart, yielding the two quick goals.

GAME OF INCHES: Nicklas Grossman made the save of the game, robbing Kyle Turris of a potential game-winning goal in the the third period. With Steve Mason out of the net, Turris’s shot bounced off both of Grossman’s skates and stayed out of the net. A long video review determined the puck did not cross the goal line.

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