Ottawa skated away with a 2-1 win Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre, buoyed by goals by Tyler Ennis and whatever a Filip Chlapik is. Seriously, that’s the name.
Things seemed promising for the Orange and Black early, and especially after a Tyler Pitlick opening goal in the first, but a loud, audible fart followed them the rest of the game in a puzzling loss.
Fast start for the Flyers as they looked like dogs on raw meat out there, with James van Riemsdyk and Joel Farabee notching A+ scoring chances only to skate away disappointed.
Know who wouldn’t be disappointed? Tyler Pitlick, that’s who. The fourth liner started the scoring with a rocket from the right circle over Anders Nilsson’s should to make it 1-0 Flyers less than three minutes in.
Andreoff keeps the puck in the zone and Pitlick scores his first as a Flyer! pic.twitter.com/beijP7bqjX— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 16, 2019
After a flying start, the Flyers started to die a little bit with the Senators clawing their way back into the game with a flurry. Good thing for the Flyers is that the Senators are very bad at the hockey. See below.
Brown with a GOLDEN opportunity but he misses the net. pic.twitter.com/EvRdrC3xLx— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 16, 2019
Pitlick’s first of the season would be the only scoring after one as the Flyers held down the 1-0 lead on the road.
Ottawa would get a chance to equalize with Kevin Hayes off to the box for interference two minutes into the second. The Sens’ power play came in operating at just 6.5%, worst in the NHL.
Shayne Gostisbehere took a high stick with 13:29 left in the second to give the Flyers a chance to extend their lead. Despite good zone time, nothing was doing as the Sens were able to kill it off without too much danger going Nilsson’s way.
With 6;48 left the Flyers would pay the price for giving the NHL’s worst power play more chances. Tyler Ennis snuck one through the pads of Carter Hart to even things up at 1-1. The Flyers had killed 16-straight penalties, so of course the streak breaker comes against the worst power play unit in the business.
Ottawa wouldn’t be done scoring there, though, as they’d grab another one before second intermission as Filip Chlapik (and his mustache) scored to make it 2-1 for the home team. Safe to say the Flyers deserved to be trailing given their play, but it’s another thing to actually see it collapse in front of your eyes.
After two it was a surprising 2-1 lead for the homesteading Senators, but plenty of time for the Flyers to make up ground.
Sean Couturier reverted back to his like 2015 self and missed an empty net, so there’s that.
Blocked by Chabot. pic.twitter.com/mn2Fwxf7mo— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 16, 2019
Okay so it was blocked, but it still sucks.
With 4:17 left Claude Giroux would draw an important power play with an Oscar-worthy job to send Colin White off for high-sticking. Nobody in white had much of a strong game, but Giroux drawing a double minor here was perhaps the play of the game for the Flyers thus far.
The Flyers would pull Hart with 2:30 left to get a two-man advantage to try and spark the offense. Ottawa’s penalty kill let the Flyers do what they want, but for the first part of the power play not enough pucks got through to Nilsson.
Nothing was doing, though, and the Flyers would lose it by a final of 2-1. They also failed to register a point for the first time in seven games, a frustrating loss for sure.
1. Anders Nilsson
2. Filip Chlapik
3. Tyler Pitlick
That kinda night: Eat Arby’s.