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Saturday, March 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Ottawa Senators (12-6-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-1), 12 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to avoid losing consecutive
games for the first time in two weeks when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers
for Saturday's matinee at Wells Fargo Center.
Ottawa had won five straight before getting dealt Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss
by Boston. The contest marked the start of a five-game road trip for the
Senators, who fell to 3-5-1 as the guest compared to their stellar 9-1-2 home
Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner with 1:22 remaining in overtime,
although a review was needed to determine if it was a good goal or not.
After a right-circle faceoff win, Bergeron redirected a point drive from
Dennis Seidenberg between Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner's pads. The puck
trickled through the crease and appeared to barely make it totally across the
goal line before eventually being pushed further into the net.
There was no audible whistle to halt action, and play was not stopped until an
official behind the cage waved his hands to indicate a review. After a brief
check, the goal stood to end the contest.
"I thought we played a really good road game. It's really hard to win in this
building," Lehner said.
Jim O'Brien tallied the lone goal for Ottawa and Lehner made 44 saves in the
"Coming into a building like this with probably the hottest team in the
conference, we played them toe-to-toe and that's something to take away,"
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
With No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson still sidelined with a sprained right
ankle, Ben Bishop is expected to get the start in net on Saturday. Anderson
has missed the last three games and is close to returning to action but has
yet to go through a full practice with the team.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov figures to get his 21st
start in 23 games for the Flyers this season when the club completes a five-
game homestand on Saturday.
The Flyers are 2-2-0 during the homestand and have won four of six games
overall. Bryzgalov helped Philly notch Wednesday's 4-1 win over Washington, as
he stopped 23-of-24 shots and was 2:09 short of a shutout.
Simon Gagne also scored a goal in his first game back in Philadelphia to help
the Flyers earn the two points. Acquired by the Flyers in a trade with the
Kings on Tuesday, Gagne scored his first goal of the season and first with the
Flyers since he was traded to Tampa Bay in 2010.
"Flew in late last night from L.A. and tried to get some sleep," said Gagne.
"It was tough, though, because I'm so happy to be back here. Getting that goal
made me real happy and hopefully it's a sign of things to come."
Claude Giroux posted a goal and an assist while Wayne Simmonds and Max
Talbot also scored for the Flyers, who are 6-3-1 as the host this season.
Philadelphia is hoping defenseman Erik Gustafsson can play Saturday after
leaving in the second period of Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury. He
was back at practice on Friday and is expected to play against the Sens.
The Flyers and Sens split four encounters in 2011-12 and each team has four
wins over the last eight meetings. Ottawa had lost three straight in Philly
before posting a 4-3 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center on March 31 of
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