The Philadelphia Flyers headed into Ottawa winless in their last 7 visits to Scotiabank Place. The Flyers were looking to remain unbeaten (in regulation) this season and Matt Read got the team off to a great start when he was able to score on Alex Auld from a very sharp angle. The Ottawa Senators then found themselves in penalty trouble and the Flyers took advantage of their chances. First Wayne Simmonds scored a spin around goal that beat Auld and then Claude Giroux snapped home a second powerplay goal, which gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead. Maxime Talbot finished the first period scoring with a goal at the 19:00 minute mark.


Craig Anderson replaced Alex Auld in goal to start the second after the Flyers scored 4 goals on just 10 shots in the first. The Flyers returned the favor by giving the Senators 4 powerplay chances during the second period, but the penalty kill and Sergei Bobrovsky were able to kill off the powerplay chances. The Senators did get a glimmer of hope when Jason Spezza was able to tap home a pass from Daniel Alfredsson with 1:01 left in the second. The period ended with the Flyers holding a 4-1 lead.


The Flyers continued to pressure the Senators for the majority of the third period and were finally able to beat Craig Anderson when James Van Riemsdyk scored the teams 3rd powerplay goal of the evening with just over 4 minutes to play in the game. Just 36 seconds later 18 year old Sean Couturier scored his first career goal on a feed from Matt Carle. Undrafted rookie Harry Zolnierczyk scored in his first career NHL game adding salt to the wounds of a very weak Ottawa Senators team. Erik Karlsson scored a meaningless goal with 20 seconds left in the third, which finished the scoring for the night and the Flyers snapped their 7 game road losing streak to Ottawa with a 7-2 win. Flyers rookies Matt Read (1g,3a) Sean Couturier (1g,1a) Harry Zolnierczyk (1g) Zac Rinaldo (1a) combined for 8 points.


On a side note the Flyers return to action Thursday, October 20 when they host the Washington Capitals at 7pm EST at the Wells Fargo Center. Sergei Bobrovsky won his first start of the season making 21 saves on 23 shots. Paul Holmgren made his first flight with the team, since suffering serious injuries in a bicycle accident in the pre-season.