Flyers Impeach Senators, 4-3

Two teams going in opposite directions met up at the Wells Fargo Center for a Saturday matinee.

The Ottawa Senators (12-17-7) hung in against the Philadelphia Flyers (17-8-5) in what was a chippy bizarre affair.

Ottawa was coming off an impressive 5-2 defeat of Edmonton while Philadelphia was smarting from their loss against Arizona.

Ottawa, 12th in the NHL in goals allowed followed the pattern and it took Travis Konecny all of 1:45 to convert passes from Morgan Frost and Claude Giroux to put the.homeboys up,1-0.

At 4:27, Brady Tkaczuk picked up his 5th goal in five games played against Philadelphia before Shayne Gostisbehere put Philly back up, 2-1 and with just under seven minutes played there were already three goals potted.

A minute later things started to take a trip to Bizarro World. Send netminder, Craig Anderson mishandled a bouncing puck and put it in his own net.

Anderson collided with his own teammate and injured himself and was forced to leave the game.

The Senators called for a review claiming Philadelphia was offside. The review was upheld and the goal came off the board.

The Flyguys would not fire another shot on goal in the period but, the news was Travis Konecny was injured when he skated into a prone Senator player and left the affair.

Team Philadelphia took exception and the physical play ensued. Jake Voracek and Nick Paul squared off in what was more a wrestling match at 18:43 and the first would close out with a 2-1 home team advantage.

Anthony DuClair, a bright spot for the Senators, knotted up at with his 12th of the season shorthanded at the 13:18 mark and the combatants would go to the final stanza with the 2-2 score.

Not before The hard feelings continued and with :19 remaining, Joel Farabee and Jean Pageu decided to shut each other up and went at each other with each picking up five minutes.

Farabee was not finished as he set up Ivan Provorov who lit the lamp to put Philly in a 3-2 edge.with 16:43 left in regulation.

Jubilation was short lived and DuClair garnered his 13th and with 5:00 to play, overtime was knocking at the door.

The Flyers refused to answer the knock and Scott Laughton converted a James VanRiemsdyk and Kevin Hayes set up to apparently seal the deal, 4-3.

Laughton, playing with a nasty edge after the Konecny injury starting chirping the Ottawa Bench.

The Sens went with the empty net and Tkaczuk made a completely senseless move and roughed up Laughton which effectively ended the game.

Blue Lines- Philly was outshot, 30-24.

Faceoffs went the home team way with 54% with Coutourier winning 12 of 18.

Both squads were futile on the man advantage, going 0 for 3 while Ottawa picked up the short handed goal.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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