The Flyers led twice, but couldn’t hold on, and eventually lost in a shootout 5-4 to the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa on Monday night. Even though the Flyers(13-14-3) gained a point in the loss, they still sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers needed a 3rd period goal from Kimmo Timonen to send the game into overtime and eventually to the shootout. Other Flyers scorers were Micheal Raffl, Jakub Voracek and Luke Schenn. Wayne Simmonds also added 2 assists for the Flyers.
For Ottawa, Clarke MacArthur continued his torrid pace scoring a pair. He now has 7 goals and 13 points in his last 11 games after a slow start to the season(19 games, 4 goals, 12pts). Patrick Wiercioch and Kyle Turris added the other tallies, while Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan added 2 assists apiece.
Claude Giroux had over 22 minutes of ice time, but failed to register a point for the fourth time in six games. Hopefully Giroux’s chances for the Canadian Olympic team aren’t fading as he continues to have an inconsistent season. Somebody needs to keep him off the golf courses in the off-season.
Both goalies had lack-luster games, but Craig Andersen out-shined Steve Mason in the shootout stopping all three chances. Mason stopped the first two shooters, but Jason Spezza scored on Ottawa’s third chance.
Sean Couturier won a spirited bout with Kyle Turris in decisive fashion. I don’t think there is much love lost between either of those two.
The next four games don’t get any easier for the Flyers as they head to Chicago on Wednesday to face the Western Conference leading Blackhawks, and return home to face the much-improved Montreal Canadians on Thursday (you can find Flyers tickets here.) Following that, is a home and home with Washington on Sunday and Tuesday.
It seems like this year is a mirrored image of last season and that doesn’t bowed well for the Flyers. Team leaders need to step up and get this team rolling. It’s not a question of talent, but the longer they put it off, the longer the off-season will be.