"Other teams were starting to close the gap so we got those big
two points," Heatley said. "Now the guys are going over (to
Turin) and are going to play in the Olympics and the other guys are
going to get a break and we'll get going again after."
Robert Esche started in goal for Philadelphia but was replaced
at 14:07 of the first after giving up two scores, not for his play
but as an attempt by head coach Ken Hitchcock to shake up his team.
Ottawa led 2-0 at the time and had a 13-4 edge in shots.
"Everybody contributed so I think we have to feel good about
ourselves after this win," Hasek said.
On Heatley's goal, Patrick Eaves took the initial shot that
Niittymaki stopped but Heatley was able to convert the rebound.
Vermette opened the scoring 8:58 into the first when he poked
the puck past Esche with defenseman Joni Pitkanen lying on top of
Varada made it 2-0 when he fired a shot past Esche after taking
a one-handed pass from Chris Neil.
Gagne scored his 37th goal of the season at 13:46 of the second
to cut the Flyers' deficit to 3-1 before Brashear registered his
third of the season at 16:52 to make it a one-goal game.
The Senators improved to 11-1-2 on Saturday nights this
season, including Hasek's 9-0-1 mark. ... The Senators have sold
out their last 19 home dates and have a club-record 25 sellouts in
29 games this season.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Kevin Pollock, Dean Warren Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Michel Cormier
Attendance: 19,834 (107.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Antoine Vermette (12)
Assists: Chris Kelly, Christoph Schubert
Vaclav Varada (5)
Assist: Chris Neil
Dany Heatley (34)
Assists: Patrick Eaves, Jason Spezza
Simon Gagne (37)
Assist: Randy Jones
Donald Brashear (3)
Assists: Eric Desjardins, Mike Richards