Flyers 5, Senators 0

Don Brennan, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OTTAWA -- The Philadelphia Flyers scored at least one goal in each period and let goaltender Steve Mason take care of the rest Tuesday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Mason stopped 24 shots for his first shutout of the season and 20th of his career as the Flyers dumped the Ottawa Senators 5-0 in front of 16,398 fans. It was Philadelphia's second win in a row and stopped Ottawa's winning streak at three games.
Flyers winger Jakub Voracek led the way with two second-period goals. Singles were scored by Flyers winger Matt Read, center Vincent Lecavalier and center Brayden Schenn.
Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 26 saves while losing his first start since returning from a neck injury.
Read opened the scoring with his fourth of the season at 16:24 of the first period when he was the recipient of an unexpected bounce off the end boards. Anderson was looking left but the puck didn't follow its projected course, and Read stepped out to the goalie's right to tuck it in.
Voracek notched his second of the season at the 28 second mark of the middle period, taking a pass behind the Ottawa net and slipping it behind Anderson. He made it 3-0 with the Flyers on a power play at the 10:33 mark of the middle frame.
Any chance of an Ottawa comeback was snuffed out when Senators defenseman Marc Methot's pass through the slot was intercepted by Lecavalier, who blasted a slap shot through Anderson's legs at 7:57 of the third. It was the seventh goal of the season for Lecavalier.
Schenn claimed his fourth by tipping in a Lecavalier point shot on another Flyers power play at the 13:32 mark.
Senators winger Chris Neil had a goal waved off in the third when it was ruled he deflected the puck with a high stick.
NOTES: Senators D Chris Phillips sat out with an undisclosed injury. It was only the fourth game the 36-year old has missed because of injury in the past seven years. D Joe Corvo took his place in the lineup. ... Senators G Craig Anderson made his first start since returning from a neck injury Nov. 3 despite the fact G Robin Lehner won all three games in his absence and was named the NHL's first star of the week. Senators coach Paul MacLean reasoned that he was going with Anderson because "Craig is our No. 1 goalie." ... Philadelphia coach Craig Berube started G Steve Mason even though G Ray Emery is a former Senator who would like nothing more than to beat his old team. Said Emery: "We got a big win last game. Don't mess with a good thing." ... Flyers RW Steve Downie played his first game since suffering a concussion Nov. 1 in a fight with Capitals LW Aaron Volpatti. "I ate a left," said Downie, who assisted on the game's first goal. "It feels good to get back." ... Flyers C Claude Giroux returned to his home town of Ottawa fresh off ending his goal-less streak at 15 games Saturday against Edmonton. Asked if the weight was off his shoulders, Giroux said: "I usually don't believe in that (cliche). But now I do." ... The Flyers are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Wednesday. The Senators host the Boston Bruins on Friday.

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