Karlsson’s shootout goal lifts Senators past Flyers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Mark Stone and Kyle Turris scored in regulation for the Senators, who have won three of their last four while totaling seven regulation goals in that span. Craig Anderson had 33 saves through overtime and stopped all five Flyers attempts in the tiebreaker.
Nick Cousins and Michael Raffl had Philadelphia’s goals, and Steve Mason finished with 24 saves. The Flyers have lost four of five.
Turris tied the score on a wraparound with 1:59 left in regulation as he swung around the right side of the net and beat Mason to the other side, stuffing the puck into the unguarded left side for his team-leading eight of the season.
Turris then had a chance to get the winner in overtime on a 2-on-1 with Karlsson, but was stopped by Mason.
Ottawa is now 10-5-1 even though it has scored two or fewer goals in regulation in 10 straight games.
The Flyers grabbed the early lead on Cousins’ second goal of the season 5:14 in. An ill-advised neutral-zone pass by Ottawa’s Derick Brassard landed onto the stick of Cousins, who used a burst of speed to break free on Anderson. Cousins beat the goaltender past his stick side for his first goal since Oct 27 and 1-0 lead.
The Senators tied it 7:09 into the second when they capitalized on a Flyers defensive zone turnover. Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek saw his pass intercepted and a poke check by Flyers defenseman Mark Streit ended up on the stick of Ottawa defenseman Mark Methot, who slid a centering pass to Stone for his third of the season and second in three games.
The Flyers regained their lead a little more than six minutes later on Raffl’s second goal of the season. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare beat Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau on a faceoff and Raffl converted Dale Weiss’ rebound for his first goal since Oct. 15.
NOTES: With 11 games in 20 days, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said before the game he would continue making day-of-game morning skates optional for his players. … Senators LW Clark MacArthur, sidelined since Sept. 25 with a concussion, skated with a handful of teammates on Tuesday but remains on long-term injury reserve. … Ottawa D Mark Methot was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in the first period with a lower-body injury.
Flyers: Host Winnipeg on Thursday night.
Senators: Host Nashville on Thursday night.