Senators 2, Flyers 0
In a game that featured two struggling offenses, the Ottawa
Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers with defense.
Brian Elliott made 22 saves in his second NHL shutout and Nick
Foligno and Jesse Winchester scored third-period goals to give
Ottawa a 2-0 victory over the slumping Flyers on Thursday
Foligno took a wrist shot from just above the circle and then
put his rebound past diving goalie Brian Boucher with 8:29 left.
Boucher had smothered another drive by Foligno a few minutes
“I just kept going to the net and making opportunities,”
Foligno said. “I was happy to put that one home.”
Winchester sealed the victory with a short-handed, empty-net
goal in the final minute. The Senators scored 12 goals in their
previous five games, earning their lone win in a shootout against
It was the first shutout this season for the Senators (15-11),
who have two wins in their past six games.
“It feels pretty good,” Elliot said. “We didn’t have a lot of
Grade-A scoring chances. We had a lot of shots from outside. To
bang one of those in and finally get a bounce and be able to hold
them off through power plays and blocking shots. You can’t tell how
many times guys are blocking shots.
“Those are the types of things that win you games.”
The Flyers (14-14) were blanked for the third time in six games.
They are 1-3 under new coach Peter Laviolette, who replaced the
fired John Stevens a week ago after Philadelphia’s two consecutive
“There was a shot, I poked the rebound away and the guy came
and I poked it as he was coming in,” Boucher said of the winning
goal. “It rode up my stick and up, over, bounced and over my
glove. It’s frustrating for the team right now. We need wins and
we’re not getting it.”
Philadelphia, which lost six of seven before the coaching
change, has scored only 11 goals in seven games. Six of those came
in a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
“We’re playing hard,” forward Scott Hartnell said. “We’re
skating well. Compared to last game, we weren’t getting the shots
through. We had a couple whacks where their D-men would block
“That’s just not bearing down enough and getting in front of
the net and getting to the hard areas. We have to do a better job,
and need to get those greasy goals. It?s not going to be
tic-tac-toe, and in practice we need to get our nails dirty, get in
Philadelphia missed some prime scoring opportunities. One came
on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period. Another chance came in
the second, when Matt Carle appeared to score in front of a crowded
net, but referees ruled that Elliot was pushed into the net by
The play wasn’t reviewed.
“Carle shot the puck,” Hartnell said. “I saw the goalie when
I was in front of the net, the puck was basically between his legs
at his goal skates, and before I touched him his goal skates were
almost near the back of the net. I just was there pushing (the
puck). From my vantage point, it was in the net.”
Hartnell had a chance with 5:47 left in the second period, but
Elliot stretched across the net to thwart the backhanded breakaway
“That wasn’t the difference,” Hartnell said. “They played
pretty hard. They probably blocked 20 or 25 shots. Their D-men were
blocking everything, and we just couldn’t seem to get those pucks
around the net.”
The Senators were glad to take the tight victory.
“Any win on the road is a big win, and any win at this time of
the year is big,” Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. “We’ve been
struggling a little bit as of late. Brian was real solid. I thought
our guys did a real good job of blocking shots and getting in
NOTES: X-rays taken on the right wrist of Flyers captain Mike
Richards were negative. Richards was checked into the boards by
Matt Carkner. … The last time the Flyers were shut out three
times in as few of six games was Dec. 6-14, 1968, when it happened
in four games. … Jeff Carter played in his 243rd consecutive
game, the fifth-longest streak in Flyers history. … Elliott
posted his other NHL shutout on March 29 against Tampa Bay. …
Boucher is 1-5-1 in eight career starts against Ottawa.