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Flyers 5, Senators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 5, Senators 3
Philadelphia Flyers 5, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers have had a hard time holding third-period leads this season, and after their most recent fiasco, they were determined not to let it happen again.

Mike Knuble scored two goals after the Flyers had squandered an early lead for a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Philadelphia won for just the fourth time in seven games it has led after two periods this season. The Flyers gave up five third-period goals Friday in Carolina to blow a 5-3 lead.

"We kind of left that arena disgusted with ourselves a bit and found it a long flight home," Knuble said. "We've found ourselves in that position a lot of times so far, with a good lead going into the third. Tonight we added another goal and hung on there, so it was something that we had talked about and wanted to make sure we did right."

After Zdeno Chara tied it at 2 with two straight goals, Philadelphia went back ahead on a power-play 14:52 into the second when Knuble was credited with his fifth goal of the season. The Flyers went up 3-2 as Eric Desjardins' point shot apparently struck Knuble after it deflected off Senators forward Chris Kelly on its way past goalie Dominik Hasek and into the net.

"I don't think I even touched it," Knuble said. "Unless they saw something I didn't feel, I can't say I touched it."

Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Jon Sim also scored for Philadelphia. Peter Forsberg and defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen each had two assists.

"It was a great effort by our team," Gagne said. "We had the lead in Carolina and we found a way to lose that game a couple of nights ago. We were in the same situation tonight and I think we played a pretty strong game for 60 minutes. It was a huge win for us here in Ottawa."

Chara also assisted on Wade Redden's goal for Northeast Division-leading Ottawa, which won 8-0 in Toronto one night earlier.

"Last night everything we touched went in the net, and tonight it was tougher to put them in, but you can't make any excuses, we took too many penalties, we weren't skating as much and they took the play to us early on," said Senators center Jason Spezza, who assisted on Chara's second goal.

Sim scored Philadelphia's third power-play goal of the game at 19:40 of the second period to make it 4-2. Knuble made it a three-goal lead 1:14 into the third.

"That was the difference really in the game, the second period," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "We had battled back, we didn't look very sharp in the early going, then we kind of played ourselves back into the game and then the power play for them did us in."

Hasek, who recorded his second shutout of the season against the Maple Leafs, lost for just the second time in eight starts as the Senators suffered their first loss in five home games.

Carter opened the scoring at 9:20 of the first period and Gagne made it 2-0 at 14:52, just eight seconds after Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson was sent off for hooking.

Chara drew the Senators within 2-1 with a power-play goal at 17:37.

The 6-foot-9 defenseman tied it with a similar effort 7:16 into the second. He got his third point of the game as Ottawa drew to within two midway through the third, combining with Alfredsson to set up Redden's fifth of the season on a power play at 9:58.

Notes: Flyers D Kim Johnsson did not return after leaving the game because of a left groin strain in the first. ... Forsberg has 17 assists and 19 points, both team highs. ... C R.J. Umberger made his NHL debut for Philadelphia. The Pittsburgh native was recalled from the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL earlier in the day. ... Senators RW Dany Heatley, who tied a team record with four goals Saturday, assisted on Chara's first goal to extend his points streak to 10 games. ... Flyers captain Keith Primeau did not play. Primeau was injured in Tuesday's loss in Montreal, but did play in Philadelphia's 8-6 defeat to Carolina on Friday.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:20
PHI
Jeff Carter (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (1), Joni Pitkanen (5)
1 - 0 PHI
14:52
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (10) Tip-in - ASST: Eric Desjardins (11), Peter Forsberg (16)
2 - 0 PHI
17:37
OTT
PPG - Zdeno Chara (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Spezza (12), Dany Heatley (9)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
07:16
OTT
Zdeno Chara (4) Snap shot - ASST: Wade Redden (7), Jason Spezza (13)
2 - 2 Tie
16:21
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (5) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Desjardins (12), Joni Pitkanen (6)
3 - 2 PHI
19:40
PHI
PPG - Jon Sim (4) Snap shot - ASST: Michal Handzus (8), Derian Hatcher (1)
4 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
01:14
PHI
Mike Knuble (6) Snap shot - ASST: Simon Gagne (7), Peter Forsberg (17)
5 - 2 PHI
09:58
OTT
PPG - Wade Redden (2) Slapshot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (8), Dany Heatley (10)
5 - 3 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
01:18
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Mike Richards
06:23
PHI
Jon Sim  Tripping against  Andrej Meszaros
10:57
PHI
Mike Richards  Interference against  Mike Fisher
12:30
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Tripping against  Brian Savage
14:44
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Simon Gagne
16:33
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Tripping against  Bryan Smolinski
2nd Period
05:01
PHI
Mike Rathje  Hooking against  Brandon Bochenski
10:28
OTT
Chris Kelly  Roughing against  Brian Savage
10:28
PHI
Brian Savage  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dominik Hasek
11:37
OTT
Wade Redden  Tripping against  Simon Gagne
13:36
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Jon Sim
15:36
OTT
Chris Phillips  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:08
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Holding against  Jon Sim
3rd Period
02:22
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
04:07
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Holding against  Daniel Alfredsson
04:57
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
06:35
OTT
Wade Redden  Hooking against  Mike Richards
09:06
PHI
Mike Rathje  Hooking against  Brandon Bochenski
13:02
PHI
Patrick Sharp  Hooking against  Vaclav Varada
13:35
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Hooking against  Eric Desjardins
18:42
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Tripping against  Antoine Vermette
goalie stats
Robert Esche
SA: 42TOI: 59:59
Saves: 39EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 17
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
Dominik Hasek
Dominik Hasek
SA: 32TOI: 58:42
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 13
SV%: .844SH: 0 - 0
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