Senators Stomp Flyers 5-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Ottawa Senators’ remarkable season has taken them from bankruptcy court to the Eastern Conference finals.
Ottawa scored twice in the first period and twice in the second to overwhelm the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 Monday night. The Senators advanced to the NHL’s final four for the first time in their 11-year history.
Peter Schaefer got the Senators going less than three minutes in, and Mike Fisher also scored in the first period. Daniel Alfredsson and Bryan Smolinski added second-period goals to make it a rout. Wade Redden had two assists, and Patrick Lalime was sturdy in making 18 saves.
The Senators filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this season and were delayed in paying players at New Year’s. They shrugged all that off this season, in which they earned the most points in the NHL (113). And they dispatched the Flyers from the playoffs for the second straight year, this time in six games.