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Senators 5, Flyers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 5, Flyers 2
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA (AP) - Another losing trip to Canada's capital cost the Philadelphia Flyers first-place in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Spezza had a goal and three assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the slumping Flyers on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia has lost four straight and five of six overall.

"It's not good enough at all, by any stretch," said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, whose team fell two points behind Washington in the East after the Capitals beat Toronto in shootout.

The Flyers have dropped seven straight and 10 of its last 11 at Scotiabank Place, with the last victory coming Nov. 24, 2007.

Mike Richards scored both goals for the Flyers, who failed to clinch the Atlantic Division title. Philadelphia lost its fourth straight and fifth in the last six.

"It was a big game for us and pretty much the whole team came out flat and didn't really help our goalie," Flyers right wing Claude Giroux added. "We've got two games left and I don't think you can turn on a switch when playoffs come, so I think the next two games are going to be huge.

"If we play like that in the playoffs, we'll be in trouble."

Ryan Shannon and Bobby Butler each had a goal and an assist, and Nick Foligno and Milan Michalek also scored for Ottawa. Craig Andersen stopped 27 shots and Filip Kuba added two assists.

"I think this is going to be one of the games that guys think about over the summer," Senators right wing Ryan Shannon said. "They're going to be a good playoff team and showing that we can hang with a team like that is a good feeling."

The Senators have won two of three and four of their last five at Scotiabank Place to improve to 15-20-5 at home.

Butler scored at even strength on a breakaway late in the second period to give the Senators a 3-2 lead. Spezza 20th goal of the season came on the power play at 8:02 of the third to push Ottawa up two. The Senators scored three times with the man advantage.

"They're probably the best team in the East and it's a big challenge for us," Spezza said. "I think the game probably means more to us than it does to them and these are important games for us to gain confidence. I think we accomplished that tonight and it feels good to get the win."

Kimmo Timonen assisted on both goals and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots for the Flyers, who have only two wins in the past nine. Philadelphia played without center Daniel Briere for the second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

The Flyers made it 1-0 on the power play when Richards picked up his own rebound off a blocked shot and wired the puck past Anderson at 3:40 of the first.

Philadelphia was soon back on the man advantage after Ben Holmstrom appeared to catch Ottawa's Zack Smith with a high hit. With no penalty called on the play, Senators right wing Chris Neil took Holmstrom to task for the check and received an instigator penalty and 10-minute misconduct in addition to the players' fighting majors.

The Flyers failed to take advantage, however, and Foligno redirected a pass from Spezza past Bobrovsky on Ottawa's power play at 15:37.

Power plays also accounted for the next two goals with Richards taking a pass from Nikolai Zherdev in the slot and beating Anderson with his 23rd goal of the season at 15:56 of the second to make it 2-1.

It was short-lived, however, as Shannon answered less than 2 1/2 minutes later with a shot from the point through traffic.

In the final seconds of the period, Smith sprung Butler on a breakaway and he scored to give the Senators a 3-2 lead.

Michalek scored into an empty net with 18 seconds left.

"We know the team we've got in here is a good team, we're not worried about that," Flyers forward Kris Versteeg said. "We've just got to find ways to win and change that Friday (at Buffalo) and get on to a roll and make good plays, plays we know we can make, going into the playoffs."

NOTES: The Senators recalled F Roman Wick and D Andre Benoit and D Patrick Wiercioch from Binghamton of the AHL for the game. ... Ottawa wraps up its home schedule Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. ... Foligno has declined USA Hockey's invitation to join its team for the upcoming world championship in Slovakia. ... After the game, the Senators gave their shirts away to randomly drawn season-ticket holders. ... The Flyers placed G Michael Leighton on waivers Tuesday. ... Flyers C Blair Betts sat out the game with a lower-body injury suffered Sunday against the New York Rangers. He's listed as day-to-day. ... The Flyers don't play again until Friday, when they visit Buffalo.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:40
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (22) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (30), Claude Giroux (50)
1 - 0 PHI
15:37
OTT
PPG - Nick Foligno (14) ASST: Jason Spezza (32), Filip Kuba (13)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:56
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (23) ASST: Nikolay Zherdev (6), Kimmo Timonen (31)
2 - 1 PHI
18:42
OTT
PPG - Ryan Shannon (11) ASST: Jason Spezza (33), Filip Kuba (14)
2 - 2 Tie
19:46
OTT
Bobby Butler (8) ASST: Zack Smith (5), Jason Spezza (34)
3 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
08:02
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (20) ASST: Ryan Shannon (15), Bobby Butler (9)
4 - 2 OTT
18:42
OTT
EN - Milan Michalek (18) ASST: Jesse Winchester (9), David Hale (4)
5 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:12
OTT
Erik Condra  Hooking against  Braydon Coburn
04:59
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Holmstrom
04:59
PHI
Ben Holmstrom  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
04:59
OTT
Chris Neil  Instigator against  Ben Holmstrom
04:59
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ben Holmstrom
12:13
OTT
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Andrej Meszaros
13:59
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Interference against  Jesse Winchester
2nd Period
02:47
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Hooking against  Ryan Shannon
07:32
OTT
Francis Lessard  Tripping against  Andreas Nodl
11:32
OTT
Andre Benoit  Hooking against  James van Riemsdyk
14:24
OTT
Milan Michalek  Hi-sticking against  Mike Richards
17:02
PHI
Danny Syvret  Holding against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
01:14
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Hi-sticking against  Bobby Butler
07:12
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Holding against  Chris Neil
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 35TOI: 59:21
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .886SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
23-20-4
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .931SH: 1 - 1
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