PHI
47-26-9
OTT
41-31-10

Senators 6, Flyers 4

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

OTTAWA — Even when they are down, the Ottawa Senators are confident they can create plenty of excitement in the third period.

Filip Kuba scored the go-ahead goal with 1:11 left and Ottawa beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 on Sunday to earn a split of the weekend home-and-home series.

Kuba fired a slap shot from the left point past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and Nick Foligno sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to go.

The Senators won for the sixth time when trailing after two periods this season, and improved to 12-14-5 in games in which they were tied or behind through 40 minutes.

"We have a group of guys here who believe in each other," Kuba said. "If we go into the third down by two goals, we know that we can do it and come back."

Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson scored earlier in the third for the Senators, who erased a 4-2 deficit. Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil had goals in the first.

"It's just a matter of sticking with it," said Craig Anderson, who made 33 saves for his 20th win. "We know we didn't bring our best the first two periods. We knew that if we just put together our hard hats and did the little things that we've been talking about, doing those correctly, and worrying about what things we can control going forward, we find ways to make plays."

Ottawa is on a 5-0-1 run, the only loss being a 3-2 overtime defeat at Philadelphia on Saturday.

Karlsson, who assisted on Neil's goal, finished with a plus-5 rating on the night.

Matt Read scored a power-play goal in the second and assisted on one of three Flyers goals in the first.

Andrei Meszaros scored 2:32 into his 500th NHL game to draw Philadelphia even at 1-1. Marc-Andre Bourdon and Sean Couturier had goals 28 seconds apart to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead later in the first period.

Read's goal 14:08 into the second — the third of the game by a Philadelphia rookie — was his 13th of the season. Read gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead and tied Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the most goals by an NHL rookie this season.

Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots for Philadelphia, which had won two in a row and three of four.

"I thought we turned the puck over way too many times throughout the game and I just felt that we were too soft," said Flyers centre Danny Briere, who scored all three Philadelphia goals in Saturday's win. "I hate saying that, and usually it doesn't happen with the Flyers, but physically we got outplayed. Ottawa was running around way too much for my liking. That can't be happening."

Greening got credit for his ninth goal 3:11 into the third to bring the Senators within 4-3. Philadelphia defenceman Matt Carle redirected Greening's centering pass beyond Bryzgalov for the goal.

Karlsson tied it at 4-4 with an unassisted effort. The high-scoring defenceman took the puck away from Jaromir Jagr and drove in to beat Bryzgalov for his sixth goal.

"I don't really know what happened there," Jagr said. "I think I got the puck in my feet and then he poke-checked, and all of a sudden they went 3-on-1. I don't know where our defence went. I don't know what happened."

Jagr returned to the Flyers lineup after missing two games because of a groin injury sustained in the Winter Classic. He was limited to 7:09 of ice time in Philadelphia's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday.

Alfredsson scored the first of five goals in the first period 54 seconds in. Kyle Turris fed a pass to the slot to the Ottawa captain, who netted his fourth goal in six games.

Meszaros, who began his career with Ottawa, one-timed Max Talbot's pass and drove a shot from the right point through traffic past Anderson.

A scramble in the Flyers' goal mouth resulted in the Senators taking a 2-1 lead at 8:25. After initially signalling no goal, referee Brad Watson pointed to center ice to the delight of the sold-out crowd after a long video review determined that the puck crossed the goal line on Neil's shot into Bryzgalov's glove.

NOTES: J.P. Arencibia, Brett Lawrie, Ricky Romero and Casey Janssen of the Toronto Blue Jays were in attendance as part of the team's winter caravan ... Ottawa will begin a three-game trip at Pittsburgh on Tuesday (7 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200) ... The Senators, who host the 2012 Tim Horton's NHL All-Star Game later this month, will play nine of their next 10 games on the road ... It was Ottawa's 14th sellout in 23 home games ... The Flyers are 5-2 in the first game of back-to-backs this season and 3-2-1 in the second ... The Senators are 6-14-1 when trailing after two periods.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:54OTT Daniel Alfredsson (14) ASST: Kyle Turris (6), Jared Cowen (8) 1 - 0 OTT
02:32PHI Andrej Meszaros (6) ASST: Maxime Talbot (8) 1 - 1 Tie
08:25OTT Chris Neil (6) ASST: Nick Foligno (13), Erik Karlsson (35) 2 - 1 OTT
15:32PHI Marc-Andre Bourdon (2) ASST: Daniel Briere (16) 2 - 2 Tie
16:00PHI Sean Couturier (6) ASST: Matt Read (12) 3 - 2 PHI
2nd Period
14:08PHI PPG - Matt Read (13) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (11), Matthew Carle (18) 4 - 2 PHI
3rd Period
03:11OTT Colin Greening (9) ASST: Jason Spezza (27), Milan Michalek (8) 4 - 3 PHI
06:19OTT Erik Karlsson (6) ASST: NONE 4 - 4 Tie
18:49OTT Filip Kuba (4) ASST: Erik Condra (10), Daniel Alfredsson (19) 5 - 4 OTT
19:15OTT EN - Nick Foligno (12) ASST: Chris Neil (8) 6 - 4 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Filip Kuba
1st
Filip Kuba
D
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 22:00
Erik Karlsson
2nd
Erik Karlsson
D
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 5TOI: 24:20
Craig Anderson
3rd
Craig Anderson
G
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
GA: 4EV: 28-31
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .892SH: 2-2
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:16OTT Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Zac Rinaldo
00:16PHI Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
16:23OTT Matt Carkner  Interference against  Wayne Simmonds
2nd Period
07:16PHI Andreas Lilja  Slashing against  Zack Smith
11:14OTT Matt Carkner  Elbowing against  Scott Hartnell
13:00OTT Erik Condra  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
15:06PHI Andreas Lilja  Holding against  Nick Foligno
shots by period
PeriodPHIOTT
1st1614
2nd109
3rd1115
Total3738
Team Stats
CategoryPHIOTT
Power Plays1/30/2
Hits2423
Faceoff Wins2640
Giveaways513
Takeaways1412
Blocked Shots2015
Penalty Minutes911
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