Flyers in control but suffer Shootout defeat

Another game, another night of frustration. The Flyers played exceedingly well all night long as did Senators goalie Hammond who made his third straight start an impressive one by stopping 27 shots. Andrew Hammond is now 10-0-1 in his first 11 NHL games as a starter.

Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers to tie the game at 1-1 after Pageau sent Ottawa in front just 5 minutes earlier. That scoreline would remain the same throughout the rest of the game as the tensions rose. It was an end to end game, a thrilling contest with both tenders having great games. Emery was in the net for the Flyers stopping one more shot than Hammond seeing both of them have a fantastic game.

It seemed like if anyone was going to steal a win it would be Ottawa but Milan Michalek clattered a shot off the post with just seconds remaining in regulation. Curtis Lazar and Kyle Turris failed to capitalise on opportunities but the Flyers were just as unlucky. Matt Read was halted midway through the period and Vorachek missed on a great back-door opportunity to get his second of the night.

It’s also clear that if the Flyers had improved earlier in the season in shootouts, then they may be looking at a playoff spot. Only winning three all season has cost them dearly as the points they have missed out on would have easily kept them in contention and at least close behind the Bruins.

The Flyers created plenty of opportunities and the Hockey played in the huge win over the Red Wings carried over into this game which was great to see, however they are now 9-18-9 on the road and 3-9 in shootouts.

Continuing their road stretch, the Flyers now face the Canucks on Wednesday, meaning they have a few days to regroup and be at full fitness for the contest.

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