NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Philadelphia
(Saturday, March 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Ottawa 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Petr Nedved and Jeff Carter each had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past Ottawa, 6-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Joni Pitkanen added a pair of helpers while Antero Niittymaki came up with 33 saves for Philadelphia, which has won four in a row. With the win and the New York Rangers' shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, the Flyers and Rangers are now tied for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Brian Pothier, Dany Heatley and Antoine Vermette all scored for the Senators, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Netminder Ray Emery allowed four goals on 14 shots before being lifted in favor of Michael Morrison.
The Flyers lit the lamp twice in the first 2:01 of the contest to jump in front 2-0.
Just 35 seconds into the game, Nedved gathered a Pitkanen rebound in the left circle, spun, and then released a quick shot that beat Emery short-side to put the Flyers on the board.
Philadelphia charged back in on a rush moments later, and Nicholas Dimitrakos scored on a rebound putback through the Emery's five-hole to put his team up by a pair.
"It was a great start. All four lines contributed," said Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock. "We are getting better every day now. You can see it in the practices and you can see it in the game. We are getting healthier and we have some continuity on lines."
The home team continued to pour it on in the first. Carter netted his 19th of the season at the 6:54 mark, as he forced a turnover down low, skated in front and then wristed the puck home glove-side to make it 3-0.
Less than two minutes later, Nedved gained control behind Ottawa's net and sent a short pass over to Michal Handzus, who stuffed home a wraparound try that put Philly up by four goals. Emery was then immediately pulled in favor of Morrison.
Ottawa got one back in the middle session as Pothier took a cross-ice feed from Daniel Alfredsson and blasted a slapshot from the top of the right circle through traffic and past Niittymaki.
Chris Kelly appeared to have cut the deficit to two in the final minute of the second, but a Ottawa penalty nullified the goal.
The Flyers started to put the game away 39 seconds into the third stanza. With his team skating on the power play, Pitkanen took a shot from the point that redirected off of Peter Forsberg's skate before sliding just inside the right post to extend the lead to 5-1.
Heatley tried to start the comeback with a tally at the 7:48 mark of the third, but Donald Brashear countered with a goal of his own from between the circles to seal it for the Flyers.
Vermette scored a shorthanded breakaway goal for Ottawa with 7:29 left to cap the scoring.
Morrison finished with 29 saves...Philly has won six of its last eight on home ice...Philadelphia has won three of four from the Sens this season and is 4-2-1 over the last seven matchups. Ottawa has also lost three of its last four in the City of Brotherly Love.
03/25 23:44:27 ET