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After having their longest win streak of the season snapped, the
Philadelphia Flyers will try to bounce back against a team they
beat handily during that run.

The Flyers will seek another victory over the Ottawa Senators in
their return home from a three-game trip Tuesday night.

Philadelphia (7-10-2) looked like it might extend its three-game
win streak Friday against Winnipeg, but it gave up a power-play
goal with 5:37 left in regulation in a 3-2 shootout defeat. The
result, however, gave the Flyers at least one point in six of seven
games after a 3-9-0 start.

“We’ve got to build on that. We had a good road trip but we’re
still out of it,” forward Steve Downie said. “So we’ve got a lot of
work to do. We’ve got to stay focused and keep getting better every
day. We’ve just got to keep working hard and moving things
forward.”

Philadelphia will try to earn some more points by improving on
its 3-7-0 home record during a three-game stay at the Wells Fargo
Center, and the first opponent is a team the Flyers trounced last
Tuesday.

Jakub Voracek scored a pair of goals in a 5-0 rout of Ottawa to
help his club match its highest scoring output of the season.

“We’ve just got to play the same way we played on the road,”
said Voracek, who has five points in the last four games. “We’ve
got to be focused on Tuesday. Obviously, the mood is a little
better and we’re having more fun on the ice. We’ve got to keep
doing the same things.”

The Senators (8-8-4) enter this rematch having dropped two of
three following a season-high three consecutive wins, and they
suffered another lopsided defeat Sunday, 4-1 to Columbus. After
rallying for a 4-2 win over Boston on Friday, Ottawa only avoided
the shutout when Erik Karlsson scored a power-play goal with 2:27
left.

“At some point and time when you hit 30 (games) you are what you
are, and if this is what we are as an inconsistent group, it’s not
going to be much fun,” coach Paul MacLean said. “We’ll examine all
that stuff and we’ll see if we need to make changes, but we need to
do something.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to the guys wearing the
sweaters. They have to be ready to play.”

The Senators gave up three scores while short-handed Sunday, and
their opponents are 7 for 23 on the power play in the last six
games. While it got Karlsson’s power-play goal, that unit is 2 for
21 over the same stretch.

“We’re 20 games in and it seems like there’s a lot of games left
to be played, but if we don’t start showing up soon it’s going to
be over quick,” Karlsson said.

Ottawa has lost its last two overall matchups with the Flyers
but has won two of its last three in Philadelphia. Colin Greening
scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:36 remaining in the Senators’
most recent visit, a 3-1 victory April 11.

Voracek has scored four goals over his last four matchups with
Ottawa.