Slowly, the Philadelphia Flyers are getting healthy.
“It’s really tough to know when you’re ready to go back with those kinds of injuries,” said Gagne, who was named Wednesday to the Canadian Olympic team. “They’re so deep inside. You feel good, but sometimes you need to make sure it’s healed and it’s ready to go.”
Hours after finding out he was named to the U.S. Olympic team, Mike Knuble scored the lone goal in regulation for Philadelphia, but was denied in the shootout.
“It was kind of a disaster toward the end of the game,” Knuble said. “It was a bad way to end the night. Overall, it’s a tremendous day. It’s an honor today.”
The Senators own the league’s best record, but are trying to shake off their worst stretch of the season. After starting the season with 19 wins in 22 games, Ottawa is just 4-2-3 in its last nine including a 4-3 shootout loss Tuesday to the Montreal Canadiens.
Even rookie netminder Ray Emery, who began his career with an NHL-record nine straight wins, has dropped consecutive decisions for the suddenly vulnerable Senators.
“Obviously it’s disappointing,” Ottawa center Mike Fisher said after Tuesday’s loss. “We were rolling pretty good at the start of the game, playing pretty well. But we got into penalty trouble and they did a pretty good job and we just couldn’t finish.”
Spezza left the game in the second period with a pulled chest muscle. He remains questionable for Thursday.
“I don’t think it’s bad,” Spezza said. “Right now it’s sore, but we’ll have a better idea (Thursday).”