Wade to go, Senators

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Kelly reached over and gave Wade Redden a big hug.

"Great win," said Redden.

And after a horrible start to November, the Senators are savouring every win they can get. So last night's 3-2 overtime decision over the Flyers may not have been pretty, but a win is a win.

Thanks to Redden's heroics, the Senators picked up just their second one-goal win of the season and their third-straight victory.

"That felt great, especially battling back," said Redden. "When we got down two, we really started turning it on.

"I just yelled at (Mike Fisher) for the puck. It's a great win and great way to start the trip. The guys are starting to play together and I'm not sure we were doing that when we were struggling."

There was no Peter Forsberg, no Mike Rathje and no Jeff Carter in the Flyers' lineup -- they were all sidelined with injuries. That should have meant no problem because this lineup was closer to the AHL's Phantoms, but not much comes easy for Ottawa these days.

SCHAEFER STEPS UP

A player who has stepped it up for the Senators is winger Peter Schaefer. He had three assists last night for nine points in five games and 13 in his last eight.

Making his fifth straight start, goalie Ray Emery couldn't do much on either of the Flyers' goals.

"I just thought we battled hard and battled back because they played tough,"said Emery.

Starting a four-game, eight-day road trip, the Senators are trying to get back into the playoff race and return to respectability with a .500 record after a horrible start to November.

Daniel Alfredsson erased the Flyers' early two-goal lead, scoring the tying goal at 19:26 of the second.

With the Flyers up 2-0 and controlling play, Mike Fisher scored a power-play goal at 8:42 of the second to spark the Senators to life.

You could see the Ottawa bench slump after Mike Knuble gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead at 4:11 of the second. He was allowed to bang away in the crease at a puck that Emery couldn't get his glove on.

Before the puck was dropped to start the second, Senators coach Murray had a long talk with referee Bill McCreary about the opening goal that bounced off Redden and was eventually credited to Flyers centre Petr Nedved. Trying to grab the puck, Emery was knocked to the ice by Geoff Sanderson. Scrambling to get back to the crease, Emery couldn't do anything as Nedved's attempted pass hit Redden and ended up in the net at 19:29.

"We won the game," said Murray. "We ended up finding a way to win. That was a one-goal game, in OT and those are the games we've been struggling with. We're just trying to get back to .500 and this is a good step."


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