The Ottawa youths would have the first goal of the game, with Brady Tkachuk trying to put a house in the door, but Anthony Stolarz denied him. Tkachuk scored three points in his first game against the Flyers earlier this season in Ottawa.
But it would be the Flyers who would attack first, with the top line doing the honors. Travis Konecny once performed the perfect feeding of Claude Giroux to beat Mike McKenna and achieve a 1-0 to just five minutes. Ivan Provorov picked up the other assist at the goal, which redirected Chris Tierney past and above McKenna.
The advantage was short, with Thomas Chabot defeating Stolarz less than two minutes after Konecny's goal to tie things with 1-1. It's the seventh of Chabot's season as he continues his impression of Erik Karlsson for the Sens, once again catching the NHL points led by Morgan Rielly's defense with the count. As with Konency's goal, this one was also helped by friendly fire when the shot was deflected from Oskar Lindblom on the way to Stolarz.
A really bad interference penalty from Robert Hagg would give Ottawa the first power play of the game at 6:59, although the Flyers would kill him without allowing a shot on goal. The death was helped by the return of Michael Raffl, who had a good turn and then recorded a chance to score in a deviation not much later.
Jordan Weal was the next to receive a mute penalty, and went for a cross check in the offensive zone at 13:37. But the Flyers could get another clean death, which did not allow the Senators to get much zone configuration in the power game. Weal almost redeemed himself with a high-flying shot taped to the top corner, but McKenna stifled the attempt to keep things up with 3:02 to play.
Then, the Flyers almost defeated the bell when Nolan Patrick ran into the net from a pass from Jake Voracek, but McKenna shrugged his shoulders among his 10 saves on the frame.
After 20: Flyers 1, Senators 1
McKenna would be able to do more of the same to start the second, denying Giroux and Konecny on consecutive occasions, as the top line was placed in the first position. The Flyers would continue the pressure with a good change of the Weal line and then the Scott Laughton line to keep things going.
The pressure would be worth it if Jake Voracek overtook McKenna on a delayed call so that Flyers from 2 to 1 were only 3:22 in the frame. It is the sixth of the year for Voracek, which ends with a nonsensical streak of five games in the process. Provorov picked up his second assist of the night, with Laughton getting the other assistance in the account.
Radko Gudas would keep the ice tilted towards the end of the Senators, firing home a point shot through a traffic jam and moving on to McKenna to make the 3-1 Flyers. It's the first of the Gudas season, just 2:38 after Voracek gave the Flyers the lead, and ends with a 52-game scoring drought (including the postseason) for the bearded defender.
Although he is not too busy with the Flyers that carry the game, Stolarz devised a saved dandy near Tkachcuk after a horrible change from Shayne Gostisbehere to keep intact the two-goal lead.
He would trust Stolarz to protect the lead once more at the end of the second, with James van Riemsdyk out for a shot to send the Senators back to the power play. Bobby Ryan tested Stolarz with an evil timekeeper, but the network teller managed to cross to make a good save on his own in Cherry Hill.
After 40: Flyers 3, Senators 1
Scott Laughton would have the first chance of the third on a break, but he felt that the senators' defenders were attacking him and shot him with a wrist over McKenna. Laughton was looking to build on a two-point night with the opportunity.
McKenna kept the senators within arm's reach with another stop in a strange men's race that ended with Nolan Patrick's 6:03 shot, while the Flyers pressed for a save target in the early stages of the third. The official netminder was really the only reason why the deficit was not higher, given the massive disparity of shorts between the two clubs with the Flyers leading the game with a 36-17 advantage in shots with only eight minutes remaining in the game. period.
But despite the advantage in the game, Brady Tkachuk would lure the Senators with a goal by poking a loose puck that Stolarz could not locate after Mark Stone fired a shot from the post. This goal reduced the advantage of the Flyers to 3-2 with 8:28 remaining in the game. Stolarz was helped by the post on Stone's shot, but the puck ended on the side of his pad and he fell to the ice and to Tkachuk's stick when the goalkeeper tried to turn to locate him.
Less than two minutes later, the senators completed the comeback, with Tkachuk deflecting a point from Thomas Chabot that overtook Stolarz to equalize at 3-3 with 6:34 to play. If he was not a flyer killer after three points in his debut against the Orange and Black, his two goals in this one will probably seal him.
Matt Duchene would provide the deadly shot, hitting a loose puck out of the air from his own blocked shot past Stolarz to give the Senators their first lead of the night in 4-3 with 2: 59 remaining in order.
A late burst with the Aviators' empty network would be useless as the Senators complete the comeback and stun the Aviators in a collapse of the third period.
Final: Senators 4, Flyers 3.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeep. So it goes, guys (and girls).