Havlat was given a match penalty in the third period of Ottawa's
1-1 tie with Philadelphia on Thursday night for swinging his stick
and attempting to injure Recchi.
"He's a reckless player and someday someone is going to make
him eat his lunch," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's going
to get it someday, and it's going to be harsh."
Havlat was ejected for taking a two-handed swing at Recchi's
head in frustration at the Philadelphia forward's dogged
"He's known for it," said Recchi, who had several stitches on
his upper left lip. "It might not come from our team, it might
come from some other team, but he will because he's cheap and he
does stupid stuff like that. He'd better learn to protect
Havlat, who drew his 30th assist on Marian Hossa's power-play
goal in the first, drew a two-game suspension for kicking New York
Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns earlier this season.
"I was frustrated from all the hooking before that," Havlat
said. "I wanted to hit him, but I didn't want to hit his face. I
don't know where I hit him, I didn't see a replay. It was a bad
decision at that time."
Philadelphia, unbeaten in three games following a three-game
losing streak, earning its 83rd point to remain one ahead of Ottawa
for the Eastern Conference lead.
The Senators play a home-and-home series against Buffalo before
a rematch with the Flyers March 5 in Philadelphia.
"He's a goalie that can steal games for you, and he stole us
the point tonight, which is great," Hitchcock said.
Hossa scored his 27th goal on the Senators' second of three
power plays before the midway mark of the opening period. Simon
Gagne had a power-play goal for Philadelphia.
The Flyers were outshot 40-18, managing just five shots against
Patrick Lalime in each of the first two periods, when Ottawa
enjoyed a 25-10 advantage.
"We know we could have been better but any time that you come
into Ottawa and get a 1-1 tie at the start of a big road trip, it's
important," Recchi said. "We'll thank Burke for this one, take
the point and move forward."
The Flyers failed to score on the ensuing five-minute power play
following Havlat's ejection.
The Senators, who lost in regulation Tuesday for the first time
in 10 games, earned a point for the 10th time in 11 games.
Flyers newcomer Alexei Zhamnov assisted on Gagne's goal after
scoring in his Philadelphia debut Tuesday.
Ottawa had the potential go-ahead goal disallowed late in the
second period when Antoine Vermette was called for goaltender
interference. The sellout Corel Centre crowd erupted in a
short-lived cheer when Bryan Smolinski scored at 18:34. Referee
Kevin Pollock immediately waved off the goal, ruling Vermette
crashed into Burke, leaving Smolinski with a wide open right side
of the net.
Hossa opened the scoring when his flubbed shot from the side of
the net went under Burke's glove, off the tip of his left pad and
into the net.
Gagne got his 18th to tie it when he redirected Tony Amonte's
hard centering pass beyond Lalime from the edge of the crease.
Flyers G Robert Esche dressed as Burke's backup after
missing 10 games. Esche, sidelined since suffering a knee injury on
Feb. 2, was fourth in the league with a 1.91 goals-against average
through Wednesday. ... Ottawa hasn't lost a home game in regulation
since Dec. 13, going 14-0-3-2 at the Corel Centre since a 3-2 loss
to Boston. ... Havlat, who stick-handled his way to two improbable
scoring chances in the first period, has nine goals and seven
assists in his last 11 games.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Chris Lee, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Steve Barton, Pierre Champoux
Attendance: 18,500 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Marian Hossa (27)
(Power Play) Assists: Peter Bondra, Martin Havlat
Simon Gagne (18)
(Power Play) Assists: Tony Amonte, Alex Zhamnov