Simmonds, Couturier lead Flyers past Senators for third straight win

Updated: December 2, 2015 at 12:10 am by Brady Trettenero

For the first time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have won three straight games.

Wayne Simmonds netted the game-winning goal 16:34 into the second period, while Sean Couturier had three points, propelling the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators Tuesday evening at the Canadian Tire Centre.

With the game locked 2-2 towards the end of the second period, Couturier started a rush from the Flyers’ defensive zone, sending a pass cross-ice to Simmonds.

Simmonds held onto the puck before launching a shot at Sens’ goaltender Craig Anderson from the high circle. Anderson denied the snot, but Wayne Simmonds followed up and put the rebound past Anderson to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.

Shayne Gostsisbehere and Evgeni Medvedev also scored for the Flyers, who blew a one-goal lead on two separate occasions.

Steve Mason got the call in goal for the Flyers, stopping 23 of 25 shots, including a ridiculous toe save on Kyle Turris early in the first period that set the tone for the night.

Zack Smith and Mike Hoffman scored for the Senators, who lost back-to-back in regulation for the first time this season.

Gostisbehere opened the scoring with just over five minutes remaining in the first period, taking a pass from Claude Giroux at the point, walking in and ripping a snap shot past Anderson.

Smith tied the game for Ottawa late in the frame after Medvedev failed to clear the zone and got caught out of position.

The 33-year-old Russian blueliner would redeem himself early in the middle period, taking a pass from Sean Couturier at the point and wiring a shot through the legs of Anderson for his first NHL goal, giving the Flyers back the lead.

While Hoffman would knot the game 2-2 not even a minute later with a wicket wrist shot, Simmonds broke the tie with the eventual game winner in the final four minutes of the period.

Couturier added an empty netter for the Flyers, who outshot Ottawa 33-25 on the night and now own a 10-10-5 record on the year.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • The Flyers penalty kill went 2/2 tonight, as they’ve now killed off 21 straight power plays
  • Sean Couturier has now scored in back-to-back games and has fired seven shots on goal in that span
  • Medvedev, a 33-year-old, is the oldest player to score his 1st NHL goal since 37-year-old Helmut Balderis in November 1989
  • Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first even-strength goal of the season. Despite having played just nine games, he now sits tied for 12th amongst all NHL defensemen in goal scoring. The Flyers are 5-2-2 with him in the lineup
  • Wayne Simmonds is on fire. After notching two goals and an assist in the Flyers win over the Rangers Saturday, he followed up with another goal and assist tonight. Simmonds has scored all six of his goals this season on the road and now has 13 points in 17 career games against the Senators. The Flyers are 5-0-0 this season in games in which Simmonds scores a goal
  • Claude Giroux set up Gostisbehere in the win and now has seven points in his last five games. He’s up to 20 point in 25 games on the year and has assisted on all four of Gostisbehere’s goals this season
  • Michael Del Zotto continues to play the best hockey of his season. He collected an assist in a game-high 26:55 of ice time, also firing five shots on goal. He now has a point in three straight games
  • This is the first time the Flyers have scored four goals since October.21

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFs from the game)

Gostisbehere opens the scoring


All Smiles


Medvedev puts Flyers up 2-1

Wayne Simmonds with the game winner


(The best tweets sent out during the game)



Shayne Gostisbehere opens the scoring!

Medvedev makes it 2-1!

Well, that lead lasted long…

On the wish list

Wayne Train gives the Flyers back the lead!

Couturier seals the deal

Flyers win third in a row!

Brotherly love

First of many

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Just catching up


Medvedev strikes


MASON with the glove


Taking care of business


First NHL goal


NEXT UP: Friday vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00, Prudential Center


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