2 Derian Hatcher (right knee damage) is on injured reserve.
9 Scottie Upshall (sprained right knee) is out of action a minimum of 10-14 days beginning with December 22.
13 Glen Metropolit has a lower body injury (one report mentioned his back) and is not expected to play tonight.
48 Danny Briere was expected to miss about 4-5 weeks from December 3. From Paul Holmgren: "Danny had an MRI (December 3) on his stomach and groin area. There weren't any issues at all with his stomach but there is a significant groin strain in there and we're looking at Danny to be out of the lineup for 4-5 weeks." He was placed on LTIR, December 16 retroactive to December 3. He could return the first week of January.
77 Ryan Parent (right shoulder surgery) was expected to be out about 12-14 weeks from early October and is on injured reserve. Practiced with the team for the first time, November 25. He could return this month.
FLYERS' ROSTER: Forwards:
# Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
45 Arron Asham 5' 11" 205 Apr 13, 1978 30 Portage La Prairie, MB, CAN
48 Danny Briere 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 31 Gatineau, QC, CAN
17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 23 London, ON, CAN
32 Riley Cote 6' 2" 220 Mar 16, 1982 26 Winnipeg, MB, CAN
12 Simon Gagne "A" 6' 0" 195 Feb 29, 1980 28 Ste. Foy, QC, CAN
The Flyers regular season W-L-T-OTL record is 29-21-8-2.
At Philadelphia, the Flyers W-L-T-OTL record is 17-9-2-1.
At Ottawa, the Flyers W-L-T-OTL record is 12-12-6-1. Since the 1998-99 season, including playoffs, the Flyers are 5-14-5-1 in their last 25 games at Ottawa.
Ottawa won playoff series in 2002 (4-1) and 2003 (4-2) for an 8-3 record.
November 15, 1992 -- The Flyers won 7-2 in the Spectrum as Eric Lindros (3-1-4) recorded his first NHL hat trick and Mark Recchi (1-4-5) had five points in the first meeting between these franchises. Lindros, who scored in each period, recorded the first goal in this series just 41 seconds into the game. Dominic Roussel made 31 stops.
December 5, 1992 -- The teams played at Ottawa for the first time and the Senators won 3-2 in the Ottawa Civic Center. Jamie Baker had the GWG in the third period. The Sens had just 16 shots in the game. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Eric Lindros after a woman accused him of spitting beer in her face on a nightclub dance floor. On February 8, 1993, Lindros was found not guilty after Justice Rhys Morgan issued the acquittal in Oshawa, Ontario.
February 9, 1993 -- Kevin Dineen (3-0-3), Mark Recchi (1-3-4), Pelle Eklund (1-2-3) and Eric Lindros (2-0-2) led the Flyers to an 8-1 win at Ottawa. Tommy Soderstrom had 27 saves.
October 27, 1993 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in a 5-2 road win. Five Flyers had two-point games. The Flyers took a 3-0 lead in the middle period but the Senators scored twice with special teams' goals to narrow their deficit to one goal. Vyatcheslav Butsayev scored with under four to play in the third to give Philly a two-goal lead. Tommy Soderstrom was replaced after 20 minutes (Flyers led 2-0) due to ill health and the following day he had tests performed on his heart which led to a fifth operation. Soderstrom suffered Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, something that kept him sidelined the previous season, too.
January 11, 1994 -- Andre Faust was promoted from Hershey (AHL) earlier in the day and then scored the GWG with 5:06 left in the final period of an eventual 4-1 home victory for the Flyers. Philly outshot Ottawa 16-4 in the first period but trailed 1-0. With the score even at 1-1, Claude Boivin of the Flyers was handed a five minute major for slamming Brad Shaw into the boards, which led to a skirmish. Boivin was traded to the Senators about two months later for a disenchanted Mark Lamb who requested a trade from the Senators.
February 8, 1994 -- The teams played to a 3-3 tie in the Ottawa Civic Centre when Vladimir Ruzicka scored on a PP with 2:47 remaining in the third period. Bob Wilkie got the first goal of the game, the only score of his Flyers' career and the second and final goal of his NHL career. The tie ended the Flyers then-team record six game losing streak.
March 10, 1994 -- Eric Lindros had a dominant outing (1-5-6) while Mark Recchi added four (1-3-4) points in the Flyers' 8-2 home win. Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in less than a minute to give Philly a 2-0 lead; Andre Faust also contributed two goals. Craig Billington (5/10) gave up five goals and Mark Laforest (12/15) surrendered three. Ottawa had eight PPs to the Flyers' two. The Flyers led 4-0 after one period and 7-0 after 40 minutes.
February 6, 1995 -- Don Beaupre made 34 saves in the Senators' 3-0 win in the Ottawa Civic Centre. Alexandre Daigle had a goal and an assist in the first period.
March 16, 1995 -- John LeClair and Rod Brind'Amour scored in the final three minutes and Ron Hextall faced just 16 shots as the Flyers recorded a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia. Craig MacTavish's second period goal evened the game 1-1. MacTavish was the only player with a multiple-point game.
April 26, 1995 -- Ottawa scored three PPGs in a 5-2 win in Philadelphia. Steve Larouche had three (1-2-3) of his 18 career points in this game.
October 29, 1995 -- John LeClair had a goal and two assists and the Flyers won 5-2 in the Spectrum Philly led 3-0 in the third but the Senators scored twice before Eric Lindros' goal with under six minutes to play restored the Flyers two-goal lead.
November 16, 1995 -- Rod Brind'Amour had three assists and Eric Lindros scored twice in Philly's 5-3 home win. The Flyers trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes but scored three times in the first six minutes of the third period including the final two within 53 seconds. Mike Bales surrendered all five goals then was relieved by Don Beaupre. Lindros, who missed the prior seven games with a sprained left knee, scored the GWG.
March 1, 1996 -- Shjon Podein's third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and Philly won 3-2 in their first game at the Corel Centre, Ottawa's new home. Podein scored twice in the victory. The GWG was controversial as the Sens protested that the puck never crossed the line but replays showed that the puck barely made its way past Damian Rhodes.
March 27, 1996 -- John LeClair had three points in the Flyers' 4-2 win at Ottawa. Eric Desjardins' PPG in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie.
November 30, 1996 -- The Flyers dominated the last two periods in a 4-3 win at Ottawa. Philly held a 31-9 shot advantage and they out-scored Ottawa 4-2 in the last 40 minutes.
February 13, 1997 -- Mikael Renberg's third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie in Philly's 4-2 home win. Scott Daniels-Phil Crowe and Daniel Lacroix-Denny Lambert fought at the same time; Lambert was tossed for instigating a fight in the second period battle.
February 26, 1997 -- The Legion of Doom battered Ottawa with 16 points (tied a Flyers' team record for points by one line) in Philadelphia's 8-5 victory at Ottawa. Eric Lindros (1-6-7), Mikael Renberg (2-3-5) and John LeClair (3-1-4) combined for six goals and 10 assists and Lindros' six assists set a franchise mark. Each team tallied four first period goals and Ottawa scored the third of three straight in the second period to take a 5-4 lead. Rod Brind'Amour scored in the final minute of the second period, on the PP, to give Philly a 6-5 lead.
April 6, 1997 -- Pat Falloon scored with 22 seconds left in the second period and Philly won 2-1 at home. Mikael Renberg was penalized seven seconds into the game and Trent Klatt scored his fifth SHG of the season to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
October 3, 1997 -- Eric Lindros (2-1-3) and John LeClair (1-2-3) each had three points in the Flyers' 5-3 home win. Trent Klatt scored the GWG 7:21 into the final period. Ron Hextall made 29 saves. Each team had 32 shots.
November 8, 1997 -- The Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-3 win in Ottawa. The Flyers recorded two goals in a span of 36 seconds in the final 1:19 of the middle period. The Sens scored twice in the third period.
November 11, 1997 -- Ron Hextall (16 saves) recorded the 20th shutout of his career and Paul Coffey scored the game's lone goal in a 1-0 victory in Philadelphia. Ottawa was outshot 12-2 in the first period and 27-16 in the game.
January 3, 1998 -- Eric Lindros (2-2-4), Rod Brind'Amour (2-2-4) and Trent Klatt (0-4-4) led Philly to a 7-2 win at Ottawa. It was Philly's 12th straight victory in this series. Lindros' two goals gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead after one period. Vinnie Prospal suffered a fractured left fibula, while battling Lance Pitlick for the puck, and missed the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
January 17, 1998 -- Alexandre Daigle was traded to Philadelphia for Vinnie Prospal, Pat Falloon and a pick.
October 29, 1998 -- Ottawa finally defeated the Flyers after 12 straight losses, 3-1. The Sens scored three late first period goals in a 3:40 span, including consecutive tallies by Andreas Johansson in 1:15. Damian Rhodes made 28 saves.
November 1, 1998 -- Vinnie Prospal had three assists in Ottawa's 5-4 win in Philly. The Sens' Steve Martins broke a 3-3 tie with a third period goal, about eight minutes to play.
January 18, 1999 -- JVB stopped 36 shots, including 19 in the middle period, and the Flyers clubbed the Senators 5-0 at Ottawa. The Senators were 0-for-7 on the PP. Eric Desjardins, Eric Lindros and Jody Hull each had a goal and an assist. It was the fifth time in the last six games that season in which the Flyers shutout their opponent (Toronto was the only team to score in the stretch of five shutouts in six games).
February 20, 1999 -- The Sens beat the Flyers 4-1 at Ottawa and in the process ended Eric Lindros' team-record tying (Bobby Clarke, 1975) 18 straight regular season games with a point. Ron Tugnutt made 33 saves. Ottawa scored three third period goals.
March 4, 1999 -- Alexei Yashin (3-1-4) led Ottawa to a 5-0 victory. The Sens scored four third period goals including three in the final 2:55. Daniel Alfredsson had three points. Jean-Marc Pelletier made his only career appearance for the Flyers.
October 2, 1999 -- Patrick Lalime made 17 saves in Ottawa's 3-0 win in Philly, the season opener for the Flyers. Mark Eaton became the first Philadelphia-area native to play for the Flyers. Rod Brind'Amour (foot fracture) had his consecutive games played streak terminated at 484.
November 28, 1999 -- The teams played to a 3-3 tie at Ottawa when Shawn McEachern scored a PPG with 18 seconds left to play in the third period, six seconds after a penalty was called on Luke Richardson. The Sens held a 12-3 shots advantage in the third while the Flyers had a 6-2 edge in OT. Ron Tugnutt suffered a knee injury in the game and was replaced by Patrick Lalime.
January 20, 2000 -- Valeri Zelepukin scored 34 seconds after Shawn McEachern and the teams finished in a 1-1 draw in Philadelphia.
March 28, 2000 -- Kevin Miller scored consecutive goals as part of a third period four-goal outburst in the Senators 5-2 win. Tom Barrasso made 30 saves including 18-for-18 in the first period. The Flyers scored twice in the second period in 14 seconds.
October 17, 2000 -- Marian Hossa had four points and Ottawa won 6-1 in Philly
November 11, 2000 -- Simon Gagne scored the lone third period goal in the Flyers' 4-3 home win. Dan McGillis (1-2-3) led the Flyers' offensive attack. The Flyers snapped an 0-5-2 (2 = ties) skid to Ottawa. The teams alternated the seven goals. Kevin Stevens scored the first of two goals as a Flyers' player. Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves.
December 2, 2000 -- Jason York scored twice in Ottawa's 5-3 home win. The Senators led 3-0 after one period.
March 26, 2001 -- Alexei Yashin scored with 6:59 left in a 3-3 tie at Ottawa. Philly lost the services of leading goal-scorer Keith Primeau for the rest of the regular season with a Grade 2 sprain of the MCL when his skate hit a rut after he was hit by Chris Phillips.
October 25, 2001 -- Ottawa scored four times in the final period and recorded a 7-2 win in Philly. Marian Hossa had four points.
January 15, 2002 -- Jeremy Roenick had three points and Roman Cechmanek had 36 saves in the Flyers 4-1 home win.
January 22, 2002 -- Jeremy Roenick and Martin Havlat scored in a 1-1 tie in Philly; Havlat's goal came when Kim Johnsson accidentally tipped the puck behind Roman Cechmanek. Patrick Lalime made 42 saves and Cechmanek stopped 33 shots. The Flyers entered the game with eight straight wins.
January 30, 2002 -- Jeremy Roenick became the 63rd player to record 1,000 regular season points but the Flyers lost 3-1 at Ottawa when the Senators scored three third period goals. Marian Hossa got the GWG with under four minutes to play.
April 17, 2002 -- In Game 1 in Philadelphia, Ruslan Fedotenko scored at 7:47 of the first OT and Roman Cechmanek shut down Ottawa by stopping all 35 shots in a 1-0 win in Philadelphia. Fedotenko took a pass from a falling Marty Murray for the winning tally. Patrick Lalime entered the series with a lifetime mark of 0-4 in the POs. The Flyers controlled the third period and OT after Ottawa did the same in the first 40 minutes.
April 20, 2002 -- In Game 2 in Philadelphia, Daniel Alfredsson scored the Senators first goal of the series midway in period 2 and Patrick Lalime stopped all 33 Flyers' shots in a 3-0 victory. Mike Fisher and Jody Hull added third period goals. Philly outshot Ottawa 33-26.
April 22, 2002 -- In Game 3 in Ottawa, Patrick Lalime stopped 26 shots and the Senators' Radek Bonk snapped a scoreless tie with a PPG early in the third period to lead Ottawa to a 3-0 victory. Bonk's goal was his first in 27 PO games and six post-seasons. Ottawa went 1-for-6 on the PP and failed on four chances in the first period; they were successful on their fifth attempt. Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves on 29 shots. The Sens added a pair of ENGs in the last minute. After the game (Barber's system not popular with some Flyers): http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hocke...arber.htm#more
April 24, 2002 -- In Game 4 in Ottawa, Patrick Lalime made 28 saves and Ottawa won via shutout for the third straight game, 3-0. Wade Redden scored with 20 seconds left in the first period to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead. Sami Salo and Marian Hossa added second period goals. The teams combined to go 0-for-15 on PPs. Mark Recchi didn't play due to headaches resulting from a Zdeno Chara hit in Game 3. The Flyers became the first team in NHL annals to go five straight PO games without a goal in regulation (dating back to 2001). Roman Cechmanek was replaced after 40 minutes by Brian Boucher who stopped all six Ottawa shots in the final period.
April 26, 2002 -- In Game 5 in Philadelphia, Martin Havlat's OT PPG, with Keith Primeau serving a 2-minute minor for cross-checking, clinched the series for Ottawa in a 2-1 win. Dan McGillis scored a PPG 3:53 into the contest to snap the Flyers' offensive drought. The Flyers went 320:36 without a PO regulation goal until McGillis' tally. Patrick Lalime became the eighth goalie in NHL history to have three shutouts in one series and the fifth goalie to have three consecutive PO shutouts; the Flyers two goals in a five-game series set an NHL record low. Brian Boucher played the entire game for the Flyers and made 25 saves. All three goals came via the PP as Daniel Alfredsson evened the game in the first period.
October 29, 2002 -- Roman Cechmanek made 29 saves and Keith Primeau scored twice in Philly's 2-1 home win. Jason Spezza scored his first NHL goal for Ottawa.
December 21, 2002 -- Peter Schaefer scored 7:30 into the third period leading Ottawa to a 3-1 win in Philly. The Sens added an ENG.
December 23, 2002 -- In the back end of a home-and-home series, Simon Gagne scored 5:16 into the third period and the teams played to a 2-2 tie at Ottawa. Both Sens' goals came via special teams. Afterwards, Jeremy Roenick said "It was a great hockey game -- everything you want in a National Hockey League game. It was physical, it was hard-hitting, there was a lot of after-the-whistle stuff, and some great two-way plays. It was a fun game.''
February 6, 2003 -- Roman Cechmanek made 43 saves in a 2-2 tie at Ottawa. The Sens had 33 shots in the first and second periods combined. Eric Chouinard had a goal and an assist for the Flyers after being acquired January 29. Marcus Ragnarsson assisted on both goals.
April 25, 2003 -- In Game 1 in Ottawa, the Flyers skated to a 2-0 first period lead but Ottawa scored the next four and won at home 4-2. A shaky Roman Cechmanek was called out after the game by Ken Hitchcock who said "He is going to have to play better." The Flyers out-shot the Senators 25-17 in the game and 16-13 in the second period. The Flyers outshot Ottawa 4-2 in the first period and 5-2 in the third period. Patrick Lalime made 23 saves. Jeremy Roenick and Sami Kapanen each had two points for the Flyers. Ottawa scored three times in a span of 6:58 in the third period. Eric Desjardins missed the entire series with a foot injury suffered against Toronto in the previous round. Ottawa compiled an NHL best 113 points.
April 27, 2003 -- In Game 2 in Ottawa, Roman Cechmanek silenced all critics as he stopped 33 shots and was called "terrific" by teammate Jeremy Roenick, while Simon Gagne and Mark Recchi scored in a 2-0 Flyers' win. Cechmanek stopped 17 shots in the middle period. Ottawa outshot Philly 33-23 and failed on all six PPs. Recchi's goal came with under seven to play in regulation. After the game, Ken Hitchcock said "I didn't think we played very well. I thought we played better in the first game. I don't think we played well until we got mad.'' Patrick Lalime made 21 saves.
April 29, 2003 -- In Game 3 in Philly, Wade Redden scored 6:43 into OT and the Senators regained home ice advantage with a 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The Flyers were 35-0-3 when entering the third period with a lead that season. The Senators evened the game 2-2 with a PPG 22 seconds into the third period. Ottawa was 0-for-22 in their playoff history when trailing after 40 minutes. Ottawa was a perfect 2-for-2 on the PP. The Flyers held leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Philly won 41 of 70 faceoffs including Keith Primeau winning 20 of 27. Patrick Lalime made 20 saves.
May 1, 2003 --In Game 4 in Philly, Roman Cechmanek made 28 saves and Michal Handzus scored the game's only goal with under three minutes left in the first period in a 1-0 win for the Flyers. Ottawa outshot Philly 28-26 including 11-5 in the third period. Ken Hitchcock said of Cechmanek's goaltending "He answered the bell again. Today, the roller coaster was on the start position. We'll see where it is Saturday." The Flyers spent the previous night in a Philadelphia hotel to avoid distractions. Patrick Lalime made 25 saves.
May 3, 2003 -- In Game 5 in Ottawa, the Senators scored five straight goals, after the Flyers took a 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game, and were victorious 5-2. The Flyers PP went 0-for-22 in six road PO games in 2003. Ottawa was 2-for-7 on the PP. The Senators outshot Philly 30-19. Patrick Lalime made 17 saves. Ottawa led 2-1 after one period and 4-1 after two periods. Roman Cechmanek was replaced by Robert Esche, who made his NHL PO debut, in the middle of the game when the Sens led 4-1 and the only shot of 17 to beat Esche was a SHG.
May 5, 2003 -- In Game 6 in Philly, the Senators advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in their history with a 5-1 win. Peter Schaefer scored in the first three minutes and then Mike Fisher added a SHG 7:00 minutes into the first period. Ottawa increased their lead to 4-0 in the middle period. Patrick Lalime made 18 saves. For the second staright game, Ottawa outshot Philly 30-19.
December 1, 2003 -- Martin Havlat scored the game's first two goals, in the second period, and Ottawa skated to a 4-1 home win. Martin Prusek made 31 saves.
February 26, 2004 -- Sean Burke made 40 saves, including seven in OT, in a 1-1 tie at Ottawa. Marian Hossa and Simon Gagne exchanged first period PPGs. Ottawa outshot Phily 41-18. Martin Havlat was tossed with a a match penalty for swinging his stick at Mark Recchi leading to multiple stitches to Recchi's upper lip. Afterwards, Ken Hitchcock said "He's a reckless player and someday someone is going to make him eat his lunch. He's going to get it someday, and it's going to be harsh." Recchi added "He's known for it. It might not come from our team, it might come from some other team, but he will because he's cheap and he does stupid stuff like that. He'd better learn to protect himself." Havlat was eventually suspended for two games, his second suspension of the season, and said "I don't feel good about what I did. I wanted to hit him, but not in the face. It was a bad decision and we'll see what happens."
March 5, 2004 -- The teams combined for an NHL record 419 PIMs (213 for the Flyers and 206 for Ottawa), including 409 PIMs in the third period. Philadelphia scored three goals in the first period en route to a 5-3 home win. Game summary: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=240305015 Down 1-0, the Flyers' Claude Lapointe and Mark Recchi scored 30 seconds apart in the first period and Danny Markov added another later in the first period which was the 10,000th goal in Flyers' history. Tony Amonte played in his 1,000th game (the 201st NHL player to do so and the 12th player to reach the feat in a Flyers uniform). ... and Alexei Zhamnov scored his 700th career point. The Flyers had defeated Ottawa just seven of the previous 34 matches (7-20-7) entering this game (regular season and POs combined).
April 2, 2004 -- Martin Prusek made 39 saves in the Senators' 3-1 victory in Philadelphia. The Flyers held a 40-19 shots advantage. There were 12 PIMs called less than a month after the teams were whistled for 409 PIMs.
October 30, 2005 -- Robert Esche made 39 saves and Mike Knuble scored twice in Philly's 5-3 win at Ottawa. Esche turned aside 20 of 21 shots in the third period. The Flyers went 3-for-10 on the PP while Ottawa was 2-for-9 with the man advantage. Zdeno Chara had two goals for the Senators.
December 22, 2005 -- The Flyers led 3-0 after one, increased the margin to four goals and then held on for a 4-3 home win. Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist in his return after missing the previous five games with a groin injury.
February 11, 2006 -- Ottawa led 3-0 and then held on for a 3-2 home win. Robert Esche (11/13) was replaced at the 14 minute mark as the Flyers trailed 2-0 and 13-4 in shots; Antero Niittymaki stopped 21 of 22 shots in relief.
March 25, 2006 -- The Flyers chased Ray Emery at the 8:33 mark with a 4-0 lead and skated to a 6-3 win at home. The Flyers held a 45-36 shots edge.
November 22, 2006 -- Wade Redden scored with 21 seconds left in OT and the Senators won 3-2 at home. Peter Schaefer had three assists. Ottawa held a 35-26 shots advantage. The Flyers led 2-0. Ottawa did not commit any penalties.
December 23, 2006 -- Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the third period and the Senators skated to a 6-3 win in Philly. Alfredsson had game-highs of seven shots and three points. The game was tied 3-3 eight-plus minutes into the third period. Ottawa held a 42-29 shots edge including 35-13 over the last two periods (5-1 goals).
January 7, 2007 -- Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson each had three points in Ottawa's 6-1 home win.
March 17, 2007 -- Mike Comrie had two points in the Sens 3-2 win at Ottawa. Comrie was one of three Sens who used a special edition pink stick in support of the 2nd Annual Tribute to Hockey Moms to raise money for breast cancer research.
September 18, 2007 -- During a preseason game, Steve Downie leveled Dean McAmmond causing a concussion. Downie was suspended by the NHL for 20 games, the fifth longest suspension given by the League.
November 24, 2007 -- Daniel Briere (1-2-3) scored in the second period to snap a 3-3 tie and lift the Flyers to a 4-3 at Ottawa. Braydon Coburn assisted on the tying and winning goals. Ray Emery (15/16) replaced Martin Gerber (22/25) in the second period. Flyers held a 41-19 shots advantage. Mike Fisher and Randy Robitaille were both -4 in +/-.
January 20, 2008 -- Braydon Coburn (1-2-3) and Scottie Upshall (2-1-3) led the Flyers to a 6-1 home win. The Flyers scored twice in each period. Martin Gerber was replaced after surrending four goals on 14 shots. Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley were hurt and absent from the Ottawa lineup. Riley Cote beat Brian McGrattan in a fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHy8B...px?Game=152781
February 19, 2008 -- In a game that extended to the shootout, Jason Spezza scored on Ottawa's third shot then Daniel Briere missed, giving the Sens a 3-2 win at home. Each team missed on its first shot and scored on its second attempts (Antoine Vermette, who also scored in regulation, for Ottawa and Kimmo Timonen for Philly). Ottawa outshot the Flyers 5-4 in OT. Claude Giroux made his NHL debut for the Flyers.
February 28, 2008 -- Martin Biron made 32 saves and Mike Knuble scored twice in the third period in Philly's 3-1 home win, spoiling the return of Bryan Murray behind the bench of the Sens. Ottawa led 1-0 until Jim Dowd scored 13:32 into the second period. Vinnie Prospal made his return debut with the Flyers. Jason Spezza snapped a scoreless game with a PPG early in the second then turned his back to Biron and raised his arms, but Biron nudged him in the back. Spezza spun around and Biron pushed him again in the chest. Afterwards, Biron said “I even had time to think about it, that’s how long it took. I decided to push him in the numbers. That means he was there for a little while, yeah.” Biron got a minor penalty but Spezza was hit with a five-minute butt-ending major on Braydon Coburn and was ejected. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycFu2zqNw_8 In a separate incident, Mike Fisher and Steve Downie got fighting majors and roughing minors.
July 8, 2008 -- Flyers' captain and UFA Jason Smith signed a two-year contract with the Senators.
November 6, 2008 -- Dany Heatley scored in his fifth straight game and Jesse Winchester recorded his first NHL goal in the Senators 4-1 win at Ottawa. Alex Auld stopped 17 shots for the victory.
Can I just say how envious I am of all you guys who have the opportunity to go to Flyers games in the good guys' arena? Someday a bunch of us Canucks will have to rent a bus and travel down to do the same.
I'm going to miss the end of this one so hopefully the Flyers have it well in hand before that.