OTTAWA -- The Philadelphia Flyers
played the spoiler's role to perfection Saturday night at Scotiabank Place
In their last game of the season, the Flyers scored a 2-1 victory over the Senators in front of 20,232 fans, Ottawa's 17th sellout of the season.
While the Flyers missed out on the playoffs, they kept alive the possibility the Senators' stay in the post-season tournament will be brief. They need a win Sunday in Boston to escape eighth place and a first-round meeting with the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins
The Senators have lost all four meetings with the Bruins this season, each by one goal. Jakub Voracek
scored the winner with a low shot from the right wing faceoff dot that beat Anderson on the stick side with 9:58 left in the third, breaking a 1-1 tie. It was the 22nd goal of the season for Voracek, the Flyers' leading marksman. Steve Mason
was exceptional in goal for the Flyers, making 43 saves. Craig Anderson
made 23 stops in the Ottawa goal.
Flyers' rookie Jason Akeson
opened the scoring when Erik Karlsson
, in his second game back from a 10-week stint on the injury list, coughed the puck up in the defensive zone. Akeson's perfect shot when off Anderson's left post and in.
Kyle Turris tied the score with his 11th of the season early in the second period.
Mason made a couple of big saves off Milan Michalek in the third period to preserve the win.
NOTES: The Flyers called up winger Jason Akeson from their AHL affiliate so he could play his first NHL game in his hometown. Akeson's teammates had some fun at this expense when they told him to lead the way out for the pre-game warm-up, then stepped back so he would unknowingly jump out on the ice for a solo lap. Akeson would put another smile on the faces of teammates with his first NHL goal at the 3:48 mark of the opening period. ... The return of Erik Karlsson put Senators rookie defenseman Patrick Wiercioch in the press box for a second straight game. Wiercioch entered the night tied for sixth in team scoring. In 41 games he has five goals and 14 assists, along with a plus-8 rating ... Also among the Senators healthy scratches was winger Guillaume Latendresse, who has settled into a rotation with tough guy Matt Kassian. ... Flyers GM Paul Holmgren blasted reporters for asking him about the future of coach Peter Laviolette at Scotiabank Place before the game. ... Senators goalie Craig Anderson made his seventh consecutive start. Coach Paul MacLean is expected to give him a rest and go with rookie Robin Lehner in Boston Sunday.
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