Flyers hold off Sens, pick up two huge points in the standings


It’s been hard to stop the Philadelphia Flyers of late and add the Ottawa Senators to the list of teams that have tried and failed.

The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with second period goals from Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier. Mika Zibanejad got Ottawa on the board before the end of the frame.

Simmonds’ second of the game restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead at the 7:15 mark of the third period.

Mike Hoffman scored a power play goal with under eight minutes remaining to trim the lead down to a single goal, but that’s as close as the Sens would come to tying the game.

The Flyers got a huge performance from their power play in this one. All three of Philadelphia’s goals were scored on the man-advantage.

The Flyers are now just two back of the Islanders for the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders just dropped a 5-0 decision to the Penguins.

Here’s an updated look at the Wild Card standings:


The Flyers insist they’re not worried about catching the Islanders. They just want to punch their ticket to the postseason.

With the win, Steve Mason improves to 4-1-1 in his last six outings.