Bryzgalov Out-Works Bishop In Goalie Battle; Flyers Win 2-1
Major penalties, desperation saves and a lot of bad blood were thrown into the pot Saturday afternoon.
Those were the ingredients in a violent 60 minutes between the Flyers and Senators. Ilya Bryzgalov won the goalie battle and he helped lead the Flyers to a huge 2-1 win over Ottawa Saturday afternoon to cap the home stand.
And most importantly, the Flyers got to .500 for the first time this season. After six previously failed attempts, their seventh try at evening up their record was successful.
"Well, you know we gotta win hockey games," head coach Peter Laviolette said after the game. "The most important thing is right now that we keep winning them."
Ben Bishop did his best to steal the game away from the Flyers. He stopped 39 shot in the loss, including 20 in the second period.
But the Flyers were able to get two goals past Bishop in the second period, making all the difference in the game.
Ruslan Fedotenko redirected a pass from Luke Schenn onto the tape of Jakub Voracek, who was skating across the blue line. Voracek burned Senators defenseman Eric Gryba en route to the net and put it past Bishop stick-side to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
They kept the pressure up on the Senators in the second period and it paid off four minutes later.
This time, Brayden Schenn victimized Gryba by passing through him to Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds was already behind Patrick Wiercioch and skated in alone on Bishop after receiving the pass. He dropped his shoulder, deked and put a back-hander through the legs of Bishop, putting the Flyers up 2-0.
The Senators were able to answer a few minutes later. Marc Methot fired a slap shot from the high circle on Bryzgalov's right side and beat him over the shoulder, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Ottawa kept getting chances upon chances on the Flyers during the third period but Bryzgalov stayed strong. He stopped 33 shots on the day for his 11th win of the season.
Much like the first period where the Flyers were out-shot, the Senators again controlled the early portion of the third, firing the first seven shots on net. But Brzyaglov stopped them all, shutting out the Senators in the third period to preserve the 2-1 win.
The Flyers had plenty of opportunities in the third to expand on their lead and prevent Bishop from possibly stealing the win.
With 10:24 remaining, the chippy play of Zac Rinaldo finally got into the heads of the Senators. He first drew forward Zack Smith into a roughing penalty, putting the Flyers on the power play. But they couldn't capitalize on the chance.
Then Rinaldo was able to draw the Senators Daniel Alfredsson into a five minute major and game misconduct, ending the game for Ottawa's leader.
Rinaldo checked Chris Phillips into the boards hard, drawing the attention of Alfredsson. The captain then attacked Rinaldo and cross checked him up high, getting the boot for the game with 7:31 remaining.
"I think it's pretty cool Daniel Alfredsson came after me," Rinaldo said after the game. "I watched him growing up."
Earlier in the game, Rinaldo stepped in and fought Kaspars Daugavins after Harry Zolnierczyk's controversial hit on Mike Lundin. After that incident, Rinaldo was under the skin of Ottawa and he took advantage of that the rest of the way.