"Defensively, we got too much spread out and teams were coming
with speed on us in the neutral zone," Alfredsson said about the
Senators' losses. "We had to back off and gave them a lot of time
and space. Skill teams like Nashville and Detroit exploited that
and made it real hard for our goalie."
Ben Eager, Jeff Carter and Kyle Calder scored for the Flyers,
who set a franchise record by losing their sixth straight home
game. Philadelphia had dropped five straight in 1969 and 1990.
Alfredsson broke a 3-3 tie when he knocked a rebound of a Dany
Heatley shot over the stick of Philadelphia goaltender Antero
Niittymaki. Heatley had stolen the puck from Philadelphia
defenseman Derian Hatcher.
"As bad as we've been playing, we finally had a good third
period," Heatley said. "Today the game plan was to keep the puck
deep in their end. The game plan worked and we had a lot of
Schaefer added a power-play goal when he put a wrist shot into a
wide-open net at 12:29 and Alfredsson scored a short-handed
open-net goal with 25 seconds left.
"Without Spezza we were forced to work harder," coach Bryan
Murray said. "The biggest thing was the work level, getting the
puck deep and then really working hard and low against their
Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber had 26 saves. Niittymaki, making
his 15th straight start, stopped 36 shots.
The Flyers led 2-1 after outshooting the Senators 16-7 in the
Corvo put the Senators ahead at 6:09 when he slapped a one-timer
from the left circle past the pads of Niittymaki on a power play.
Eager tied it at 12:30 when he hammered in a rebound of a
point-blank wrist shot by Stefan Ruzicka.
Carter made it 2-1 with 2:32 left when he connected on a
one-timer from the left circle. He said that the Flyers really felt
confident after the first period.
"It was pretty vocal and lively and feeling confident," Carter
explained. "But when guys went out there and tried to do some
things, we got set back. It's been a problem all year when we get
The Senators scored twice in a span of 1:39 to take a 3-2 lead
midway through the second period. Phillips flicked a wrist shot
past Niittymaki at 12:34 to tie it and Hamel converted an
unassisted breakaway at 14:13 to put Ottawa back in front.
Calder tied it with 1:10 left in the period when he tapped the
puck into the net from the right side of the goal after taking a
brilliant pass from Sami Kapanen, who was standing at the far left
"Maybe it's a lack of confidence right now," said Kapanen
about the losing streak. "Other teams are coming hard at us and we
don't move the puck the way we need to and avoid the turnovers."
Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg was scratched because of
post-concussion symptoms. The Flyers are 0-9-3 when he is not in
^NOTES:@ The Flyers three home wins are the fewest in the NHL. ...
Ottawa played 22 of their first 35 games on the road (12-9-1). ...
Alfredsson also hit the crossbar on a power play midway through the
second period. ... Heatley had two assists and extended his scoring
streak to four games (3 goals, 4 assists).
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Arena: Wells Fargo Center Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referees: Bill McCreary, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Derek Amell, David Brisebois
Attendance: 19,268 (98.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Joe Corvo (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Daniel Alfredsson, Wade Redden
Ben Eager (2)
Assists: Stefan Ruzicka, Ryan Potulny
Jeff Carter (3)
Assists: Kyle Calder, R.J. Umberger
Chris Phillips (3)
Assists: Dany Heatley, Anton Volchenkov
Denis Hamel (4)
Kyle Calder (2)
Assists: Sami Kapanen, Alexei Zhitnik
Daniel Alfredsson (8)
Assist: Dany Heatley
Peter Schaefer (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Andrej Meszaros, Tom Preissing
Daniel Alfredsson (9)
(Shorthanded) (Empty Net) Assists: Mike Fisher, Anton Volchenkov