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Flyers come out flat, lose to Senators in a shootout

Ed Barkowitz, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

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Neuvirth, who had a poor outing at Washington on Wednesday when he allowed five goals to the first-place Caps, was deemed Friday to be healthy by general manager Ron Hextall.

After Wednesday's game, Neuvirth said he was fatigued and still battling the effects of an illness. The goaltender's comments surprised Hakstol, who tersely replied: "I'm not going to make too many comments on that. I'll talk to Neuvy first. And that's where it will stay."

The Flyers controlled play for the first 10 minutes of Saturday's game before Duchene skated around Flyers winger Brandon Manning and roofed the puck past Lyon's shortside shoulder.

Less than a minute later, Derick Brassard jammed in the Senators' second goal. That was an effort play set up when Lyon got himself out of position on the initial rush.

The Senators came into the game with two wins in their last 18 road games and were playing without top scorer Mark Stone. Bobby Ryan also missed the game for Ottawa because of a hand injury.

Before the game, the Flyers showed a video montage of Eagles highlights, which included Doug Pederson's locker-room speech following the stirring win over the Vikings to get to the Super Bowl. Lauren Hart sang the national anthems wearing an Eagles jersey and frequently the crowd was encouraged to chant out E-A-G-L-E-S.

Instead of starting like the NFC champs, the Flyers were flatter than the 1968 Eagles that went 2-12 and angered fans enough to throw snowballs at Santa Claus.

 

If the Eagles do to their fans what the Flyers did to theirs on Saturday, emergency rooms throughout the region will be standing room only.

Starting goaltender Brian Elliott has a lower-body injury and missed his fourth game. He's expected to be available for Tuesday's game at Carolina, which is right on the Flyers' heels in the Metropolitan Division. The fifth-place Flyers have 57 points, Carolina has 56.

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