NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Ottawa
(Sunday, October 30th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Ottawa 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Knuble scored two goals and Robert Esche made 39 saves, as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Ottawa Senators, 5-3, at the Corel Centre.
Simon Gagne posted a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have won five of their last seven games (5-1-1). Peter Forsberg, Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen posted two assists apiece in the win.
"Forsberg is a great player for us. He knows how things are going to happen," Gagne said of his new teammate. "It's amazing what he can do with the puck and it's great to play with him."
Zdeno Chara scored two goals for the Senators, who lost for just the second time in 10 games this season (8-2). Wade Redden posted a goal and an assist in the loss, while Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza had two helpers each. Heatley extended his team record by posting a point in 10 straight games to start the season.
Dominik Hasek stopped 27-of-32 shots in the setback.
Philadelphia scored twice late in the second period to snap a 2-2 tie. Knuble's power-play goal made it 3-2 with 3:39 remaining in the period. Desjardins slapped the shot from the point and Knuble was in front for the deflection.
Jon Sim's fourth goal of the year handed Philadelphia a 4-2 edge with just 20 seconds remaining in the middle period. Michal Handzus sent a pass into the low slot and Sim fired a one-timer past Hasek.
Knuble scored his second goal of the game to give the Flyers a 5-2 edge just 1:14 into the third. Gagne threaded a cross-ice pass to Knuble, who was wide- open at the right side of the crease for the easy goal.
The Senators cut the deficit to 5-3 on a power-play goal by Redden at 9:58 of the final period.
However, Esche turned aside 20-of-21 shots in the final period alone to make the lead stand up.
"We came out pretty flat and they jumped on us pretty quick," Heatley said. "We did come back, but then we got into some penalty trouble and they scored a couple of power-play goals in the second. I thought that we would come back, but it wasn't enough."
The Flyers opened the scoring on Jeff Carter's goal at 9:20 of the first period. Carter worked a give-and-go with Patrick Sharp before depositing the puck past Hasek from the top of the crease.
Gagne's 10th goal of the season put Philadelphia ahead with 5:08 remaining. The power-play goal came on a deflection from just outside the crease.
However, Chara scored late in the opening period and early in the second to tie the game. His first goal came when he ripped a one-timer from the right circle to convert the power-play chance with 2:23 left.
Chara made it 2-2 at 7:16 of the second stanza when he scored on a slap shot from the right point.
Heatley has eight goals and 10 assists through 10 games this season...The Flyers went 3-for-10 on the power play, while Ottawa scored twice on nine chances with the man advantage...Philadelphia has won two of the last three meetings with the Senators.
10/30 23:46:15 ET