Mason gains 100th career win , helps Flyers beat Ottawa

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To finish strong like that, everybody was on the same page, we were having fun. We’re going to learn to win.” The Senators (24-17-6) need to learn how to win again on home ice. After playing so well at Scotiabank Place most of the season, they’ve now lost their last three games there to finish with a 15-6-3 record within their friendliest confines. “The shots flattered us a little bit, but we flat out didn’t play hard enough to win the game,” said coach Paul MacLean. “That’s disappointing at this time of year, to lose three in a row at home. That could be a huge difference in the standings, and it’s going to end up (telling) the tale. ” NOTES: The Flyers called up Akeson from their AHL affiliate so he could play his first NHL game in his hometown. Akeson’s teammates had some fun at this expense when they told him to lead the way out for the pre-game warm-up, then stepped back so he would unknowingly jump out on the ice for a solo lap. Akeson would put another smile on the faces of teammates with his first NHL goal at the 3:48 mark of the opening period. … The return of Erik Karlsson put Senators rookie defenseman Patrick Wiercioch in the press box for a second straight game. source:

Philadelphia 2, Ottawa 1

Jason Akeson added his first NHL goal and Claude Giroux picked up his 200th career assist for the Flyers (23-22-3), who won four in a row and six of their last seven to complete their 2013 schedule. Kyle Turris registered the lone goal and Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots in the setback for the Senators, who finish their year at Boston on Sunday in a game rescheduled due to the Marathon bombings. “We want to have a winning atmosphere around here and to do that we need to score more goals,” said Anderson. “Right now, that’s kind of the way things are going. We’re generating chances but not putting them in the back of the net.” Ottawa sits eighth in the Eastern Conference with 54 points. They enter Sunday’s game just one point behind the Islanders for seventh. Voracek snapped the tie with 9:58 left in regulation, capping a 3-on-2 rush with a quick wrister inside the far post from the right circle. Mason kept up his end of the bargain by robbing Senators forward Milan Michalek with a glove stop from the right post as 5 1/2 minutes remained on the clock. Anderson wasn’t pulled for an extra skater until 46 seconds to play, and the visitors expertly checked away the final moments. Akeson lit the lamp on his second career shift, following up a broken play and roofing his shot over Anderson’s glove at 3:46. Giroux got the sequence started, intercepting an errant Ottawa clear and pushing the puck on net, where Anderson made the save but couldn’t control the rebound. source:

Voracek scores winner, Steve Mason makes 43 saves to lead Flyers to 2-1 victory over Senators

We’ve been close on a number of occasions and tomorrow we have to go in and win a game. Jason Akeson also scored and Steve Mason made 43 saves for the Flyers. Philadelphia failed to advance to the postseason for just the ninth time in franchise history. Kyle Turris scored the lone goal for the Senators and Craig Anderson made 23 saves. The Senators continue to struggle offensively. In their last five games they have outshot every opponent, often by significant margins, but only have two wins to show for it. “Just because we throw 40 at the net doesn’t mean that we’re getting great scoring chances,” Anderson said. “We had some good scoring chances, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve got to find a way to score on a few of those.” The Flyers took a 2-1 lead midway through the third when Voracek beat Anderson with a wrist shot to quiet the 20,232 on hand. Ottawa continued to struggle with the man advantage, going scoreless on five opportunities. “I thought our power play was better tonight than it has been in a while,” Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson said. source:


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