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Bryzgalov Leads Flyers in Win
- Updated: March 2, 2013
Coming into this afternoon’s matinée with the Ottawa Senators, the Flyers were feeling good after an impressive 4-1 win over Washington and looking to get back to .500 for the first time this season. They did.
The Flyers were 0-6 on the season trying to get to back to sea level but finally were able to capitalize.
Ottawa came out and spent much of the opening shift in the Philadelphia end, when the Flyers finally found their legs Harry Zolnierczyk took a major penalty. It appeared Harry left his feet hitting Mike Lundin, it’ll surely be reviewed by the league, Lundin did not return. Zac Rinaldo and Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins dropped the gloves as a result of the hit. Senators had 5 minutes of power play time to work with but a combination of good penalty killing, big saves from Bryzgalov and an Ottawa bench minor kept it scoreless.The top line of Hartnell, Giroux, and Voracek moved around the ice pretty well and created scoring chances but Sens goalie Ben Bishop, filling in for the injured Craig Anderson, made all the stops in the period (10).
Jake Voracek got the Flyers on the board with gorgeous move as he came up the wall, cut to the middle and fired a wicked wrister by Bishop, it was Voracek’s 9th of the season. Minutes later Wayne Simmonds got his 9th goal of the year on a partial breakaway as he slid it through the legs of the 6 foot 7 Bishop for a 2-0 Philadelphia lead. After Bryzgalov made big stop on Colin Greening Senators defenseman, and former Blue Jacket, Marc Methot blasted a shot from deep that beat Bryzgalov glove side cutting the lead in half. Second frame ended with the Flyers firing 22 shots at Bishop, Senators managed just 9.
Both goaltenders kept the score low in a game where it could have easily been a 5-4 or 6-5. Shots were 41-34 in favor of Philadelphia.
Ottawa and Philadelphia both had 5 power play opportunities but came up empty.
It was a chippy affair at Wells Fargo Center. Daniel Alfredsson received a match penalty for cross checking Zac Rinaldo, the aforementioned Harry Z match penalty and plenty of rough stuff in between.