The Philadelphia Flyers began their road trip through Canada with a date against the Ottawa Senators. Prior to puck drop, the team announced that rookie forward Nolan Patrick would not play and was listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Patrick took a big hit into the boards during their 6-2 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday evening. The boys were ready to get off to a great start in Canada… or so we thought.
Brandon Manning took an early slashing penalty before laying a hit behind the net.
And then Dion Phaneuf made the Flyers pay.
A great keep at the blue line was followed by a flipped shot from the point that beat Michal Neuvirth.
Rookie Travis Sanheim fumbled the puck during a terrible sequence.
And then had a puck deflect off his stick and into the net just minutes later.
A brutal start for Sanheim.
Radko Gudas may still be feeling the effects of that Kevin Bieksa superman punch from Tuesday.
The Senators were enjoying their early 3-0 lead.
Sean Couturier, arguably the Flyers’ biggest positive to start the season, tried to get his team on the board but was robbed by Craig Anderson with a big pad save.
After the first period, it was 3-0 and things did not look great.
The Flyers’ top line tried to power their team back in the second period. Claude Giroux threw a no-look pass to Couturier, who then chipped it to the front of the net and nearly scored with Jake Voracek in front. They were buzzing.
Shayne Gostisbehere took a hit behind the net and looked a bit shaken up after the play, trying to put some weight on that left leg. He did return to the ice for his next shift.
In fact, he jumped right in and tried to create some offense. That eventually drew a crowd.
Ghost wasn’t having it. The team’s frustration was settling in.
But Jake Voracek, who had been snake-bitten all season long, finally got himself on the board after banking a shot off of Phaneuf.
Sometimes all it takes is one to open the flood gates.
Seconds later, Travis Konecny streaked down the right side and sniped a shot past Anderson to get the Flyers within one. Speed kills, fam.
Neuvirth’s tough night continued. As Ottawa entered the zone, Mark Stone received a pass from Ryan Dzingel and fired a backhand shot to the back of the net.
Michael Raffl was close to getting the Flyers within a goal. Soooo close.
Brandon Manning thought he had his first goal of the season with a blast from the point.
But it was reviewed and taken back for goalie interference. Unreal.
The Flyers had dominated the entire period, but a full-press led to a 2-on-1 that ended up in a goal for Ottawa. Frustrations came to afloat. Radko Gudas threw a massive hit and was thrown out of the game.
A clean, hard hit resulted in Gudas’ night ending early.
Another look at the hit.
Still don’t know how this is a penalty.
Ivan Provorov would get the Flyers back into it with a deceptive snipe while the Ottawa defender screened Anderson.
The Flyers pulled Michal Neuvirth with 2:10 left in regulation. Shayne Gostisbehere blasted a shot from the point and it was redirected by Anderson to pull the Flyers within a goal!
A great deflection from the team’s top-line center made things interesting.
The team’s 1C is certainly playing like it, even if he’ll still get flack for not producing.
Valtteri Filppula had a few chances to tie it up, but no goal.
A minute later, Sean Couturier’s second-chance effort appeared to have crossed the line and into Anderson’s glove in the net. But the whistle blew and the Flyers would get another goal taken away from them.
Here’s the full look at the goal that wasn’t allowed.
The Flyers would lose 5-4. A frustrating loss, indeed.
The Flyers continue their road trip on Saturday in Toronto against the young Maple Leafs.
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