Senators Slam Flyers 3-1
Dec. 21, 2002
PHILADELPHIA(AP)_ Peter Schaefer scored a tiebreaking goal 7:30 into the third period to help the Ottawa Senators snap Philadelphia's five-game unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory over the Flyers on Saturday.
Schaefer, left uncovered in the slot, walked in and beat Philadelphia goaltender Roman Cechmanek as the Senators won their third straight game and seventh in their last eight.
Philadelphia's Michal Handzus had tied the game 2:54 into the period. Handzus took a pass from Kim Johnsson at the blue line, skated in, and beat Ottawa goaltender Patrick Lalime to the short side with a slap shot.
Mike Fisher and Wade Redden also scored for the Senators, who have lost only two of their last 20 games (15-2-3). Redden's goal was an empty-netter with 31 seconds left.
Philadelphia had come into the game with a 4-0-1 record in its previous five contests.
Lalime had 27 saves as his teammates managed only 21 shots on goal _ including four in the first period, both season lows.
Ottawa had only one shot in the first 15 minutes of the game. Fisher put the Senators ahead 1-0 with 1:34 left in the period, deflecting Todd White's shot through a screen into the net on a power play.
Fisher has scored goals in two straight games since missing his first game of the season against New Jersey last Wednesday because of the flu.
Notes: This was the first of a home and home series. The teams meet again in Ottawa on Monday. ... Philadelphia C Jeremy Roenick sat out the second of his two game suspension for his hit on Dallas' Mike Modano last Tuesday. ... The Flyers have won only two of their last 10 home games (2-6-2) against the Senators. ... Schaefer has scored four goals in five career games against the Flyers.