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Flyers come out flat, lose to Senators in a shootout

Ed Barkowitz, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

Published in Hockey

PHILADELPHIA -- For most of Saturday's game against Ottawa, the Flyers channeled the energy of the Eagles. The 1968 Eagles.

The Flyers did well to gain a point, but lost to Ottawa, 4-3, in a six-round shootout.

Nolan Patrick scored with three seconds left to force overtime. Jordan Weal, Patrick, Jake Voracek, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere all were denied during the shootout. None of their efforts was particularly difficult for Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.

Mike Hoffman beat Michal Neuvirth for the winner.

Not only did the Flyers lose to one of the worst teams in hockey, there's also a little goaltending drama going on with coach Dave Hakstol's club.

Rookie goaltender Alex Lyon got the surprise start ahead of Neuvirth and did not play well. Hakstol turned to Neuvirth at the start of the third period. The move gave the Flyers a shot of adrenaline, but it wasn't enough.

Lyon gave up three goals on 23 shots and was too often was out of position. He was making the second start of his career and looked it, especially in the first period.

A fourth goal allowed by Lyon was overturned by Hakstol's successful challenge of an offside that originally was missed by the linesmen. The violation really had nothing to do with the goal, which Matt Duchene scored by coming unchallenged from behind the net to beat Lyon.

The second period ended 3-1 and that's when Hakstol turned to Neuvirth.

The Flyers outshot the Senators, 16-3, in the third and Scott Laughton scored with 5:45 left to make it 3-2 to set the stage for Patrick's monster goal. Sean Couturier notched the Flyers' other tally.

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