Flyers defeat Senators for fifth straight win

Updated: February 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm by Brady Trettenero

The Philadelphia Flyers are rolling.

The Flyers extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-3 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Brandon Manning had three points, Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and Petr Mrazek made 25 saves — propelling the Flyers into a tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Nolan Patrick scored for the fourth straight game, while blueliners Ivan Provorov and Robert Hagg also scored.

The Flyers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and fended off a few comeback attempts from a struggling Ottawa squad.

The Flyers are now 9-0-2 in their past 11 games.


Provorov opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the first period when he beat goaltender Craig Anderson blocker side with a wrist shot.

Robert Hagg made it 2-0 several minutes later, receiving the puck at center ice, darting into the offensive zone and scoring a spectacular goal.

Mike Hoffman got a goal back in the first period to make it 2-1. Zack Smith appeared to tie the game in the second period, but the Flyers challenged and video review determined that the Senators were offside — negating the goal.

After a scoreless second period, Claude Giroux went to work in the final frame with one of the filthiest goals of the season. Giroux took a great outlet pass from Brandon Manning behind the Ottawa defense and undressed Anderson to make it 3-1 early in the period.

Nolan Patrick extended his goal streak to four games when he tipped a pass from Manning past Anderson at 7:05 to make it 4-1.

The Flyers made it 5-1 when a Brandon Manning dump-in went off the glass and into the net.

The Senators got late goals from Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene to make it a 5-3 final.

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