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Fisher nets winniner in shootout as Senators veto Flyers

OTTAWA (AP) -- though they'll miss the playoffs for the first

time in 13 years, the Ottawa Senators are having an impact on

the postseason.

Mike Fisher scored on Ottawa's fifth shootout attempt to give

the Senators a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on

Saturday night.

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

the slot.

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.



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