Flyers Fall Short To Senators 5-4
After the Flyers went 5-1-1 on their 7-game homestand they traveled to Ottawa to face the Senators with former Flyers captain, Claude Giroux. Unlike the Flyers, the Senators are still competing for a playoff spot as the season is nearing an end. Philadelphia and Ottawa already met twice this season with both teams winning one game each. Felix Sandström got the start in the net due to Carter Hart’s lower-body injury. Sandström was coming off his second win of the season after the Flyers defeated the Canadians Tuesday (3/28) night.
Philadelphia was off to a slow start as the Senators had the majority of puck possession in the 1st period. Eventually, this lead to Austin Watson scoring for the Senators giving them a 1-0 lead. Unlike the 1st period, the Flyers came out with more determination as Shane Pinto was called for high-sticking against Noah Cates. With the Flyers on an early power play, Tony DeAngelo capitalized with a stellar wrist shot, which tied the game at 1. Tim Stützle was able to regain the lead for Ottawa (2-1).
How The Flyers Got The Momentum Back
Unquestionably, one of the most entertaining aspects of hockey is fighting. Joel Farabee and Ottawa’s Alex DeBrincat got into scuffle at center ice. Farabee endured a lot of “cheap” hits which didn’t sit over well with teammate, Nicolas Deslauriers, as he took matters into his own hands.
Just a casual fight between Alex DeBrincat and Joel Farabee. pic.twitter.com/xjBEj1C6yg— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 31, 2023
This stemmed from Nicolas Deslauriers to spark up a fight against Austin Watson and Mark Kastelic. This ended up being one of the best fights of the season for the orange and black as Deslauriers showed what being a Flyer is all about.
This is why hockey is the best sport pic.twitter.com/bzTqirYHRn— Haley Taylor (@Haleytsimon) March 31, 2023
Unfortunately, for the Flyers, Shane Pinto scored on a power play for the Senators. After 40 minutes of play, the Senators had a 3-1 lead.
Entering the 3rd period, it seemed as if the game was already determined as former Flyer, Claude Giroux, increased Ottawa’s lead (4-1). The problem Philadelphia has had all season is the lack of ability to come back from a deficit. Against all odds, Cam York, Noah Cates, and Owen Tippett scored for Philadelphia evening up the game at 4.
With 60 minutes not being enough time to settle the match, the game continued into overtime. It took only 90 seconds for Ottawa to claim victory as Alex DeBrincat got the game-winning goal for the Senators. The Flyers put up a great fight, but couldn’t finish the job. While the Flyers fell short to the Senators, the biggest take away was the resilience in the 3rd period.
The orange and black head back to Philadelphia as they host the Sabres Saturday night. The puck drop is at 7 pm.