The Flyers enjoyed the better of the first period, spending the majority of the time in the Ottawa zone. Their goal was a bit of a fortunate bounce but they were full value for their 1-0 lead. Shots were 10 each. Against a better team, the Senators would have found themselves down more than one goal given their start, but the Flyers weren't able to generate as much pressure as they should have.
That would change in the second period. Just 28 seconds into the period, Craig Anderson and Jared Cowen were both standing alone in front of the net while Jakub Voracek was standing behind the net. Voracek scored on a wraparound with neither Anderson nor Cowen able to stop him. Midway through the period, Cowen was caught skating around to no where in particular leaving Voracek all alone to score his second goal of the game, this time on the power play. The Senators for their part generated next to nothing offensively up to this point and the game was over as a contest at this point. Anderson did make a brilliant save as the second period ended but one didn't get the sense that it would matter.
After a brutal Marc Methot giveaway, Mark Borowiecki deflected a shot into his own net to make it 4-0 midway through the third period. Brayden Schenn slapped a power play goal by Anderson to make it 5-0. Then the game ended and the panic continued.
Sens zero: Jared Cowen
Cowen simply doesn't look like an NHL player at the moment. He was directly at fault for two goals and continues to look lost out there. At times he looks frightened to even touch the puck. He's a young guy and it is entirely possible he will get better, but so far this season he has shown no signs of improvement.
Sens zero: Ottawa Senators
Outplayed and outcoached.
Sens killer: Jakub Voracek
He scored the 2-0 and 3-0 goals and really ended the game for Ottawa. At least he is on my fantasy hockey team.
- This was Ottawa's first regulation loss to an eastern conference team, dropping them to 5-1-2.
- Per @Wham_City, Ottawa has been outshot in 14 out of 18 games this year.
- Craig Anderson's save percentage on the season now is 90.6% while Robin Lehner is at 94.5%. After starting the season with a 35 save shutout in Buffalo, Anderson has an 89.7% save percentage since. He has also allowed 5 goals or more in 3 out of his last 4 appearances.
- Joe Corvo led all Senators players in even strength ice time and was eight seconds behind Erik Karlsson in total ice time. That's what you need to know about tonight.
- Jason Spezza was once again behind Kyle Turris and Zack Smith in total ice time as well as even strength ice time.
- Things weren't working for Paul MacLean tonight, thanks to this image from The Score. Point your mouse at the image. Update: the embedded pictures doesn't work, click the link below the picture.
via The Score