OTTAWA (AP) — though they’ll miss the playoffs for the first
time in 13 years, the Ottawa Senators are having an impact on
Mike Fisher scored on Ottawa’s fifth shootout attempt to give
the Senators a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on
Fisher beat Antero Niittymaki after Ottawa captain Daniel
Alfredsson also converted the Senators’ second attempt.
“It’s always nice to score like that,” Fisher said. “We didn’t
quit. We got behind and (Jason) Spezza got a nice one to get
back in it and that’s a pretty good team. I thought for the most
part we battled pretty hard.”
Alex Auld turned aside Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter
and Claude Giroux after Daniel Briere was awarded a goal on
Philadelphia’s first attempt, though only following a lengthy
review that determined his shot crossed the goal line.
Niittymaki stopped 34 shots for Philadelphia, which won 8-5 in
Toronto on Friday night after losing three of four.
“He played really well and was a big reason we picked up that
point tonight,” said Darroll Powe, who scored on a penalty shot
early in the second.
The Flyers, who have four games remaining, have 95 points and
are tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with Carolina,
which has three games left to play.
“The good thing about the position that we’re in is we don’t
really have to scoreboard-watch as long as we take advantage of
the games that we have in hand,” Richards said. “Tonight would
have been nice to get two points, but we still have a couple of
games left to get home-ice advantage.”
Jason Spezza scored his 31st goal 3:47 into the third to draw
Ottawa even at 3.
Nick Foligno and Chris Kelly also scored for the Senators, who
held a 2-0 lead 2:26 into the second.
Powe scored on a penalty shot moments later for the first of
three straight Philadelphia goals.
Richards scored his 30th goal to tied it at 2 on a power play
midway through the second, and assisted on Gagne’s 33rd 28
seconds into the third that gave the Flyers a short-lived 3-2
The Senators took advantage of Carter’s turnover for the tying
goal early in the third. Dany Heatley intercepted the
Philadelphia center’s pass along the boards behind the Flyers’
net and passed to Spezza, who beat Niittymaki with a shot from
Spezza got his 40th assist midway through the first when he set
up Foligno’s 17th goal on a two-man advantage.
Kelly increased Ottawa’s lead to two 2:26 into the second when
he beat Antero Niittymaki on a breakaway.
Powe scored on a penalty shot at 2:58 to draw Philadelphia to
2-1. Powe cut from left to right and slipped a backhand under
Auld’s pads at 2:58 after he was hauled down on a breakaway.
“That’s kind of been my go-to move since I can remember,” Powe
said. “I just try to get speed and beat the goalie to the post
and I managed to do that today. You don’t get many opportunities
to do that so I just kind of had fun and enjoyed it.”
Richards tied it at 2 with his 30th goal on a power play at
10:46. The Flyers captain scored 3 seconds after Jarkko Ruutu
was called for interference when he drove a slap shot from the
right point past Auld after Briere won a faceoff.
Richards drew an assist on Gagne’s 33rd goal 28 seconds into the
third that gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead.
Daniel Carcillo was ejected midway through the first. The
Philadelphia enforcer totaled 24 penalty minutes in the period,
including an unsportsmanlike conduct minor, a misconduct and a
game misconduct at 10:21, when Jeff Carter was called for
Carcillo got a boarding penalty 5:41 in for his hit on Filip
Kuba. Ruutu got double roughing minors after he immediately came
to his teammate’s defense, jumping on Carcillo and sliding on
top of him across the ice.