OTTAWA - These organized rallies the Senators keep holding are becoming a hit at Scotiabank Place.
On Sunday, it was Filip Kuba’s turn to lead the charge, as the Senators scored four unanswered goals in the third period to overcome a 4-2 deficit to knock off the Flyers 6-4 in front of 20,028 fans and earn 3-of-4 points in home-and-home series with Philadelphia.
Coming off a 3-2 OT loss Saturday in Philly, the Senators spotted the Flyers a two-goal lead after two periods before Kuba completed Ottawa’s NHL-leading sixth third-period comeback of the campaign with his fourth goal of the season with only 1:11 left.
“We’ve been doing all this all season, basically,” said Kuba, who finished plus-4. “We’ve got a group of guys who believe in each other. Going into the third down by two goals, we know that we can do it. We’ve come back before.
“We just had to stay with the plan we had. We felt like we could still do it. That’s how we went into the (third), believing that we could come back again.”
The Senators couldn’t have done it without strong efforts from top performers. Defenceman Erik Karlsson tied it up, had two points and was plus-five. Nick Foligno, Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil and Colin Greening also scored for Ottawa.
Goaltender Craig Anderson, who was beaten by Matt Read, Sean Couturier, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Andrej Meszaros, made 33 stops, including some big ones in the third period.
It was Karlsson’s effort at 6:19 to tie it 4-4 that broke Philly’s back.
He not only beat Ilya Bryzgalov five-hole, Karlsson also knocked Jaromir Jagr off the puck to set up the chance.
“There was no one in front of me. That’s the green light to go,” said Karlsson. “We always stick to it and we always try to find a way to win games. We’ve got strong morale in here and we never give up on games.
“Even if we are down a couple of goals, we still try to do good for ourselves. We try to stay in the game. If you stick to it long enough, it’s going to work somehow. We found a way.”
The comeback started with Greening’s ninth of the season at 3:11 of the third. He was attempting a pass to Jason Spezza, when the puck bounced off the blade of Matt Carle’s stick and by Bryzgalov glove side. Then, there was no stopping Ottawa.
“There’s a no-quit attitude,” said Anderson. “We find ways. We’ve got a great talent, great work, great skill and great leadership. We have all the right qualities.”
Senators coach Paul MacLean was impressed.
“We played the full 60 minutes like we take a lot of pride in doing,” said MacLean. “It’s an attitude that we’ve had since the first day of camp: To be able to play for 60 or 65 minutes or whatever it takes.”