OTTAWA _ Flyers coach Peter Laviolette seemed speechless after his team’s stunning 4-1 loss in Ottawa Saturday night.
Yep, the same Ottawa team that is last in the Eastern Conference _ and 29th out of 30 teams overall.
“We were clearly outworked for 40 minutes,” said a fuming Laviolette, referring to the final two periods, when the Flyers were outscored, 4-0. That followed a first period in which the Flyers outshot the Senators, 15-3, and took a 1-0 lead.
“It felt like two different games, for sure,” losing goalie Brian Boucher said.
The Flyers, thanks to Scott Hartnell’s goal, took a 1-0 lead into the second period. The lead could have been a lot bigger if not for Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, who had 14 first-period saves, including one on Nik Zherdev’s early breakaway.
“They really fed off Anderson tonight,” winger Kris Versteeg said.
The loss, coupled with Pittsburgh's win over Toronto, cut the Flyers' lead to six points over the Penguins in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Flyers have two games in hand.
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Prior to the game, Ottawa assistant Luke Richardson, a former Flyer, was part of a “Youth Mental Awareness Night” ceremony. In November, Richardson’s 14-year-old daughter, Daron, committed suicide.
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The Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival will be held Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Over the years, the event has raised about $23 million for local charities. Tickets will be sold at the door.
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