Flyers vs. Senators: OT loss to Ottawa in a crazy unpredictable hostile game

Flyers suffer another OT loss in a crazy unpredictable hostile game originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Flyers were feisty and hard-headed Thursday night in Ottawa, Ontario.

But they were nowhere near productive enough to leave with a win.

In a three-fight game, 74 penalty minutes and all manner of hostilities, the Flyers lost to the Senators 4-5 in overtime at the Canadian Tire Center.

Though the Flyers recovered from a three-goal deficit in the third period to force the bonus session, the Flyers finished the night with a season-low 11 shots.

They fell to 1-12 in OT when Alex DeBrincat jumped to a turnover for the game winner.

Tony DeAngelo, Cam York, Noah Cates and Owen Tippett all scored for the Flyers (29-32-13), who somehow found a way to keep alive their best scoring streak of the season. They extended it to seven games (5-0-2) but saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

After Claude Giroux extended Ottawa’s lead to 4-1 early in the third period, York, Cates and Tippett responded over a period of just under 12 minutes.

Rasmus Ristolainen hit the post in overtime 13 seconds before DeBrincat finished off the Flyers.

For evaluation purposes, head coach John Tortorella watched the game from the management visiting cabin along with interim general manager Danny Briere. Associate coach Brad Shaw led the Flyers behind the bench.

The Flyers went 1-1-1 against the Senators (37-33-5) in their three-game regular season series.

Ottawa played like a team desperate for the playoffs. It’s five points away from the Eastern Conference’s second wildcard spot with seven games to go.

• In the second period the game became physical and contentious. Seventy of the 74 penalty minutes occurred in the middle verse.

Nicolas Deslauriers fought twice. He brought out the best in Austin Watson in a convincing way. Right after the fight, Mark Kastelic decided to drop the gloves with Deslauriers. Officials tried to prevent this.

Joel Farabee and DeBrincat executed the fight card. Farabee took some good shots but kept going. The 23-year-old has fought nine times in his NHL career.

The Flyers showed struggle, but they had to play much better. They were overshot 27-5 by two periods. It felt like they were very lucky to score four goals and lose only five.

• Felix Sandstrom started for the second straight year with Carter Hart suffering a lower body injury. The 26-year-old absolutely struggled, facing 46 shots and stopping 41 of them.

But one of its few blemishes was its biggest and most expensive. Sandstrom made a mistake playing the puck out of his net on DeBrincat’s winner.

Senators goaltender Cam Talbot had to make just seven saves to win.

• Giroux beat Sandstrom with a fine shot for his 29th goal of the season. The 35-year-old has 72 points in 75 games in Year 1 with Ottawa.

The all-time great flyer recorded two goals and three assists in the three games against his old club.

• York was positive for the Flyers. The 22-year-old defender swallowed a fierce hit from Watson on the back boards in the second period, but stayed in the game, playing 20:39 minutes and finishing with a two-point evening (one goal, one assist).

DeAngelo also recorded two points. He had a power play marker and assisted Cates’ power play goal.

• Former Flyer Derick Brassard suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury just before the Senators made it 3-1 with 3:10 left in the second period.

• Next up is a back-to-back set for the Flyers. The club hosts the Sabers on Saturday (7:00 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and visits the Penguins on Sunday (6:00 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

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