The Ides of March can be a tricky day for a Roman-themed hockey team. Not so when you have the Hamburglar on your side.
Coming off Friday's 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders, the Senators returned home and iced the same line-up against the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a great first period for Ottawa, who controlled possession and had several good scoring chances but couldn't beat former Sens goalie and Flyers backup Ray Emery. Shots 8-7 in favour of Ottawa.
The second period began with more pressure from the Sens. An early power play for Ottawa presented an excellent attempt to break the deadlock, but despite numerous chances, they couldn't find the back of the net. About five minutes into the period, Ottawa opened the scoring when a nice, offensive zone shift by the Pageau line led to pressure in front of the Philly goal. Jean-Gabriel Pageau gobbled up a rebound and put a wrist shot by Emery. A penalty midway through the period to Alex Chiasson for hooking (he was caught out of the play in his own zone), led to the Philly generating some pressure. Ottawa killed off the penalty, but a failed clearing attempt by Erik Karlsson half a minute later fell right to Jakub Voracek. The Philadelphia point leader wasted no time blasting a slapshot by Andrew Hammond. The period finished tied at one, shots 12-10 in favour of Philly.
Ottawa began the third period on the power play, but couldn't get much going. We got to see some 4-on-4 action when Patrick Wiercioch and Zac Rinaldo headed to the box together. Both teams had chances when playing with the additional space, though Ottawa had the greater pressure. Still, neither team was able to score. Ottawa killed off a delay-of-game penalty to Karlsson despite some decent pressure from Philly. Milan Michalek had a couple good chances to take the lead for the Senators, including ringing the puck off the post in the dying seconds, but couldn't get the much needed goal. Shots 8-8 in the period.
OT featured some nice chances, especially for Kyle Turris in the dying seconds, but ultimately solved nothing. Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa in the shootout and Hammond was perfect, giving Ottawa the 2-1 win. Shots 28-28. This game wasn't as close as it looks from the score or shot totals, Ottawa players just couldn't capitalize on their chances and Emery played well.
Sens Hero: Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Wow, another great game from Pageau. He was great defensively against some of Philly's big guns like Claude Giroux and played his usual quick and physical game. He had several chances, including a great chance in OT and scored Ottawa's first goal.
Sens Hero: Andrew Hammond
Another great night for the Hamburgler, stopping 27 of 28 shots for a 96.4 SV% on the night and came up big in the shootout. His legend grows.
Sens Killer: Ray Emery
The Flyer goalie, who hadn't started in almost a month, frustrated his former team with a solid performances tonight, especially in the first period when Ottawa greatly out-chanced Philadelphia. He also finished the night with a 96.4 SV%. Not bad at all.
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