Senators defeat Flyers in SO

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PostGame Recap

PHILADELPHIA — Erik Karlsson failed on a chance to get the Ottawa Senators a win in overtime, but he came through in the shootout.

After Kyle Turris tied the game with less than two minutes remaining in the third period, Karlsson scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Senators a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

On his deciding goal, Karlsson’s wrist shot went in off the inside of the right post for his second shootout winner of the season.

“I stuck to what I always do,” Karlsson said. “Plain and simple. Lucky I had a good shot, post and in. Not much more to it.”

A more relaxed attitude could have helped him late in overtime when he had a 2-on-0 break with Turris. Karlsson carried the puck into the slot, stopped and tried centering the puck to Turris, but Flyers goalie Steve Mason got his stick on the pass to break up the play with 1:16 remaining.

“Maybe could have made a better decision there,” Karlsson said. “Luckily, we stuck to it and [goalie Craig Anderson] gave us a chance in the shootout to win the game. And we did, so it’s all forgotten.”

The Senators tied it 2-2 when Turris scored on a wraparound with 1:59 remaining in the third period. Turris skated down the right side of the Flyers zone, circled behind the net, and when Mason overplayed him to the right, he had an open net to tuck the puck in on the left side.

“I wanted to try and fake like I was going to bring it to the middle to get everybody to bite on that side so it would open up space for me on the far side,” Turris said. “It opened up a lot of space.”

Mark Stone also scored for the Senators (10-5-1). Anderson made 33 saves through overtime and stopped all five Flyers in the shootout.

The Senators killed four Flyers power plays, extending their streak of consecutive penalty kills to 27 spanning 11 games. Philadelphia entered the game with the best power play in the NHL and had scored a man-advantage goal in five straight games.

“Good coaching staff telling us the right scouting and making sure that we know what we’re all doing so there’s no confusion,” Anderson said.

Michael Raffl and Nick Cousins scored for the Flyers (7-7-2), and Mason made 24 saves through overtime.

Raffl gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 13:18 of the second period when he scored off the rebound of Dale Weise’s slap shot from the left boards.

That advantage held until Turris tied it.

“That’s a game that while we have it in hand, we’ve got to do a little bit more and we have to push it so one play doesn’t tie it up late in a hockey game,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.

Cousins gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when he jumped on a neutral-zone turnover by Senators center Derick Brassard and scored on a breakaway at 5:14 of the first period. Stone scored at 7:09 of the second to tie it 1-1.

Goal of the game

Turris’ goal at 18:01 of the third period was his eighth of the season, seventh at even strength, tied for second in the NHL.

Save of the game

Zack Smith chipped a pass around Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto to Jean-Gabriel Pageau entering the Philadelphia zone to create a breakaway, but Mason stayed on his feet and got his chest on Pageau’s shot at 9:31 of the first period.

Unsung moment of the game

Pageau sent Stone in on a breakaway at 15:15 of the second period, but Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas raced back and lifted Stone’s stick to prevent him from getting off a shot.

Highlight of the game

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare broke his stick blocking a Karlsson shot on a Senators power play at 14:18 of the third period and couldn’t get another one. When a puck bounced into the high slot, he kicked it away from Mike Hoffman, and then beat Hoffman to the puck on the wall and kicked it out of the zone.

They said it

“I think in the third we sat back a little bit. I think when we do that teams are going to come at us and take it to us. It is a learning experience for us. We have to be better in the third. We have to push back rather than sit back, instead of being afraid to make a mistake.” — Flyers forward Nick Cousins

Need to know

Karlsson’s assist gave him 399 NHL points. He’s one away from becoming the 12th active defenseman with 400 points. … Weise’s assist on Raffl’s goal was his first point in eight games.

What’s next

Senators: Home against the Nashville Predators on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-TN, NHL.TV)