Flyers comeback falls short in 5-4 loss to Claude Giroux, Senators

Giana Han, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Claude Giroux now has five career points against the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring his 29th goal of the season in the Ottawa Senators' 5-4 overtime win over the Flyers on Thursday.

Giroux scored a goal in his first game ever against his former team back in November, but the Senators lost that game. However, he notched three assists on his trip to Philadelphia to help the Senators win, 4-1. He welcomed the Flyers back Thursday, and his goal against them gave the Senators the series, 2-1.

Giroux was sick for the game, but he didn’t look like it, zipping around the ice and showing off his skill. He had six shots on goal and won nine of 15 faceoffs. He and his teammates held off a comeback attempt from the Flyers.

The third opened with the Senators up, 3-1, and Giroux quickly added a fourth. But in less than five minutes, rookies Cam York and Noah Cates closed the gap to one. They had 10 minutes left to tie it, which Owen Tippett did with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left on the clock, sending it to overtime.

Alex DeBrincat ended it a 1:36 into overtime.



The Flyers knew the Senators would come out strong.

“They have a tough schedule coming up,” Tortorella said pregame. “I think they see this as a game that they have to have because we’re probably one of the lesser teams that they’re going to play, if I can put it that way.”

But forewarned was not forearmed. The Flyers had a shot from outside in the first 27 seconds and a nice attempt off the rush by James van Riemsdyk — and that was it.

The Senators pushed hard and never let the Flyers get set up after the opening shift. They stopped the Flyers at the blue line and won battles in all zones. By the end of the first, they were up 17-2 in shots and 1-0 in goals.


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