The Ottawa youth would have the first chance to score, as Brady Tkachuk was trying to get a house out the door, but Anthony Stolarz contradicted him. Tkachuk scored three points in his first game against the Flyers earlier this season in Ottawa.
But it's the Flyers that hit first, with the top line in mind. Travis Konecny got a perfect goal from Claude Giroux to beat Mike McKenna and go 1-0, just under five minutes. Ivan Provorov scored the second goal, which allowed Chris Tierney to return to McKenna.
Thomas Chabot beat Stolarz less than two minutes after Konecny's goal to tie at 1-1. This is seventh place in Chabot's season as he continues his impression of Erik Karlsson for the Senators, once again taking over the NHL points led by Morgan Rielly's defender. As for Konency's goal, he was also helped by a friendly shot as Oskar Lindblom looked on the way to Stolarz.
A very bad penalty for Robert Hagg would give Ottawa the first power play of the game at 6:59, although the Flyers get killed without allowing a shot on goal. The win was facilitated by the return of Michael Raffl, who had a good penalty kill shift and scored a scoring chance on a bypass shortly after.
Jordan Weal was the next to take a penalty, then to make a counter-check in the offensive zone at 13:37. But the Flyers were able to get another flawless result, not allowing the Senators to get much more time in the zone, less setup on the power play. Weal was almost redeemed with a high shot that blocked the top top corner, but McKenna smothered the attempt to keep things up again with 3:02.
Then, the Flyers nearly defeated the buzzer as Nolan Patrick headed for the net near a pass from Jake Voracek, but McKenna ignored the proposal among his 10 saves in the frame.
After 20: Flyers 1, Senators 1
McKenna would be about the same to start the second goal, denying Giroux and Konecny twice in a row, as the top line headed from left to right. The Flyers would keep up the pressure with good changes from the Weal line and then the Scott Laughton line to continue.
The pressure would come to fruition if Jake Voracek went a little further than McKenna on a delayed call to allow the Flyers to score 2-1 in a scorched 3:22 in the frame. This is the sixth of the year for Voracek, ending a series of five unnecessary games. Provorov had his second assist of the night, with Laughton getting the other help in the standings.
Radko Gudas would keep the ice tilted towards the end of the Senators, scoring the ball at close range in a brothel traffic and passing McKenna to pass the Flyers 3-1. This is the first game of the season for Gudas, just 2:38 after Voracek gave the Flyers a lead, and the match ends a 52-game drought (playoffs) for the bearded defenseman.
Although he was not too busy with the Flyers, Stolarz made a perfect save against Tkachcuk after a horrible reversal from Shayne Gostisbehere to keep both goals intact.
We would go back to Stolarz again to protect the back end of the second and James van Riemsdyk would be absent to allow the Senators to return to the power play. Bobby Ryan tested Stolarz with a nasty one-timer, but the goalkeeper managed to make a good save on Cherry Hill.
After 40 years: Flyers 3, Senators 1
Scott Laughton would get the first chance of the third on a half-breakaway, but felt the Senators defenders take it on him and shoot a wrist ball over McKenna. Laughton was looking for a two-point evening already.
McKenna kept the Senators at his fingertips with another stop on a rush of odd men ending with a Nolan Patrick chance at 6:03 as the Flyers attempted to score a goal in the early third of the third. . The goalkeeper was really the only reason the deficit was not bigger given the huge disparity between the teams of both clubs, the Flyers getting a 36-17 advantage with just over eight minutes to play.
Despite the advantage of the game, Brady Tkachuk would take the Senators to a goal by blocking at home a loose puck that Stolarz could not locate after Mark Stone shot the post. That goal reduced the Flyers lead to 3-2 with 8:28 to play. Stolarz had the help of the post to shoot, but the puck ended up on the side of his mat and fell on Tkachuk's ice and stick when the goalkeeper tried to locate it.
Less than two minutes later, the Senators would complete the comeback, while Tkachuk hijacked a shot from Thomas Chabot in front of Stolarz to tie at 3-3 at 6:34. If he was not a killer of the Flyers after three points in his debut against the Orange and Black, his two goals in this one probably seal him up.
Matt Duchene would deliver the decisive shot, beating a loose puck from his own blocked shot in front of Stolarz to give the Senators their first lead of the night at 4-3 with 2:59 to play in the settlement.
A late wave with the empty net of the Flyers would prove futile, as the Senators complete their return and knock out the Flyers during a third period crisis.
Final: Senators 4, Flyers 3
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeep. How she's doing, boys (and girls).