Flyers Drop Back To Back

Vladimir Tarasenko and Claude Giroux scored third-period goals and the Senators came back to defeat the Flyers 5-3 on Sunday in Shane Pinto’s return to the lineup from a gambling suspension. Tim Stützle had a pair of goals, including an empty-netter, and Zack MacEwen also scored for Ottawa. Pinto, playing for the first time after a 41-game suspension, had an assist and Mads Sogaard made 22 saves.

Egor Zamula had two goals and an assist, and Joel Farabee had a goal and two assists for the Flyers, who lost their second straight after winning five in a row. The Flyers played without third-leading scorer Owen Tippett (lower body), who was injured crashing into the boards early in the third period of Saturday’s 7-4 loss to Colorado.

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Onto The Action

Sam Ersson had 29 saves for the Flyers. Tarasenko finished a 2-on-1 break with Mathieu Joseph with 4:53 to play to give the Senators a 4-3 lead. Giroux, who had 900 points in 1,000 games over 15 seasons with Philadelphia, tied it at 3-all 3:19 into the third when he scored on a rebound in front.

Pinto got an assist on Stützle’s second-period tally. The NHL suspended Pinto in October for “activities related to sports wagering.” Pinto, 23, had 20 goals and 15 assists in 82 games for the Senators last season. The league’s investigation found no evidence that Pinto bet on NHL games and provided few details, and Pinto has not disclosed specifics in recent interviews.

Zamula scored both of his goals in the first period when the Flyers took a 2-0 lead. His first tally was a rare power-play goal for Philadelphia, which entered last in the NHL on the man-advantage. Farabee’s shot on goal carried toward the ice’s opposite side. Everyone, including officials, appeared to think that Sogaard had the puck.

But it went to Zamula, who fired into an empty net from the sideboards. It appeared that a whistle had blown before the puck crossed the goal line, but officials allowed the goal to stand after a video review.

End Game

The Flyers also dominated the physicality in the first period, with Garnet Hathaway leveling Travis Hamonic with a hard, but clean hit along the boards. Hamonic left later in the game and did not return after 5:23 of ice time.

The only update from Martin on Hamonic afterward was that it was an upper-body injury. MacEwen capitalized on Zamula’s turnover at the Senators’ blue line and finished a breakaway chance with a hard shot past Ersson’s glove side to pull Ottawa within 2-1 at 4:04 of the second.

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After Farabee notched his 17th of the season with 9:10 left in the period, Stützle was credited with the goal after a scramble in front with 8:15 to play in the second. As with Zamula’s first goal, an official’s whistle went off during the play. After a review, it was determined that it was a good goal.

Pinto was the second center on the ice on Sunday, getting his first shift early in the first period.

Mike Lauro
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