This is what we expected to see this season from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Flyers played their best game of the season against the Ottawa Senators. Their passes were crispand their feet never stopped moving. They forechecked like mad men and fired shot after shot on Craig Anderson and came out on top 5-0.
Jake Voracek scored a pair, Matt Read, Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn had one each. Captain Claude Giroux had two assists. Steve Mason recorded his first shutout of the season, stopping
The Flyers jumped on the Senators in the first period, outshooting them 5-0. The Senators countered with an attack of their own, but the Flyers pressure continued to mount until Matt Read opened the scoring.
An initial shot from Steve Downie, playing in his first game since returning from a concussion, caromed behind Anderson. Read picked up the loose puck and stuffed a wraparound shot to put the Flyers up 1-0 for his fourth of the season. The Read-Couturier-Downie line played like they had been together for the whole season.
Along with the Couturier line, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Voracek rekindled the chemistry they once had. The line combined for two goals and three assists. Voracek took a pass from Hartnell and scored on a wraparound shot to put the Flyers up two goals. Hartnell received the primary assist, his first in 38 games. Giroux was credited with the secondary assist.
Later on in the period, Voracek scored his second goal on the power play. On a designed play, Giroux fed the puck to Wayne Simmonds, who was camped on the side of the net. Simmonds, known for attempting to drag the puck to the front of the net, slipped a no-look pass onto the tape of Voracek’s stick. Anderson did not have a chance at stopping the shot.
At 12:03 of the third period, Brayden Schenn forced an errant pass in the Ottawa zone. Vincent Lecavalier intercepted the pass and iced the game with a slap shot from the slot. The goal was his seventh of the season.
On the Flyers third power play of the game, Brayden Schenn deflected a shot from Lecavalier past Anderson to put the orange and black up 5-0. It was Schenn’s fourth of the season. Erik Gustafsson, credited with the secondary assist, skated to the middle of the ice and made a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Lecavalier to set up the goal.
-Giroux almost scored his second goal in as many games, but Anderson made an incredible save to rob Giroux of his second goal of the season.
-The Flyers top two lines combined for nine points
-Giroux (2a) //Hartnell (a) //Voracek (2g) – 5 pts (2 g, 3 a)
-Lecavalier (g,a)//Simmonds (a) // Schenn (g) – 4 pts (2g, 2 a)
-Vincent Lecavalier has scored six goals in his last seven games.
-Flyers went 2 for 3 on the power play.