Couturier scores shootout winner, Flyers beat Senators 5-4

December 21, 2019

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers had plenty of chances to put away Ottawa. It took Sean Couturier to complete the task.

Couturier scored the shootout winner and the Flyers beat the Senators 5-4 on Saturday night.

James van Riemsdyk led the Flyers (20-11-5) with two goals. Kevin Hayes and Jakub Voracek also scored. Brian Elliott made 30 saves.

“It was an entertaining game, a lot of chances from both sides, some great saves and a lot of goals,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “In the three-on-three (overtime), we had plenty of opportunities to put them away, we didn’t, their goaltender was outstanding and we found a way to get one done in the shootout."

Van Riemsdyk was happy to contribute, but felt that overall the Flyers could have played a much better game.

“We just didn’t execute at a good enough level early on,” said van Riemsdyk. “I think we weren’t as dialed in as we should have been, but we were able to find a way to get the two points which is all that counts, but definitely not one of our better games.”

Tyler Ennis scored twice and Mark Borowiecki and Anthony Duclair added goals for the Senators (15-18-4). Marcus Hogberg stopped 34 shots in his third straight start. Anders Nilsson missed his second game with a concussion and Craig Anderson was not ready to return from a knee injury, but he did serve as the backup.

The 25-year-old Hogberg was most impressive in overtime, making a number of saves to keep the game going. He made a big stop in the final minutes of regulation with the Senators short-handed.

“He was great,” coach D.J. Smith said. “He’s been very good coming up from Belleville. He gave us every chance to win in Calgary, he was outstanding in Tampa, the game he won was probably an average game, and then he gave us every opportunity to win in the third period, made a save when it counts…I think the kid has been outstanding.”

Tied 3-3 to start the third, the Flyers went ahead when van Riemsdyk scored his second of the game, beating Hogberg through the legs.

Midway through the period, Ennis scored his second of the game, on a rebound of a shot by Duclair, tying the score at 4-all.

The Flyers had a great opportunity to seal the win late in the period after the Senators took their second bench minor for too many men. But Philly failed to capitalize.

Philadelphia had seized to an early 2-0 lead in the second when van Riemsdyk’s cross ice pass deflected off Cody Goloubef’s skate and found the net.

The Senators then scored twice in a span of 24 seconds to tie the game.

Ennis scored Ottawa’s first goal, picking up a loose puck by the crease and pushing it in. Borowiecki tied it with a shot from the point for his fourth of the season, a new career high.

At 18:21 of the second period, Ottawa took its first lead of the game when Duclair scored a power-play goal. He has 11 goals and four assists in his last 11 games.

The lead was shortlived as the Flyers tied the game less than a minute later when Voracek beat a sprawled Hogberg.

Philadelphia grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period as Hayes scored past Hogberg’s right pad.

NOTES: The Senators were without three of their veteran defensemen as Ron Hainsey, Dylan DeMelo and Nikita Zaitsev are all injured. ... Philadelphia forward Joel Farabee served the last of his three-game suspension for his hit on Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault.

UP NEXT

Flyers: Host the New York Rangers on Monday.

Senators: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

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