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Flyers goalie Ray Emery makes a save in the third period at The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on...

Flyers goalie Ray Emery makes a save in the third period at The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on Thursday. (QMI Agency/Jeff Conner)

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- On Soft Pretzel Night at the Wachovia Center, the Flyers twisted up the Senators and dined out on the holes.

The result was a rough night for Ottawa goaltender Pascal Leclaire in the 5-1 loss and a win for former Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who had a relatively easy night against his former teammates.

You can probably expect to see Brian Elliott in the Senators goal tomorrow afternoon when they host the Rangers.

Penalties were again an issue as the Flyers got a pair of second-period power-play goals for a 2-1 lead and then blew it open in the third with a local touch to the onslaught as Gatineau's Daniel Briere sandwiched goals around one by Kanata's Darroll Powe to put the Flyers in control.

No-man's land

The night got off to a rough start for Leclaire, who probably wishes the GMs had voted to take out the trapezoid, which they discussed at the GMs' meetings the day before.

Leclaire got caught in no-man's land on a puck bouncing around the end boards and was off-balance when Philly's Blair Betts stuffed the puck by him at the post at 9:34 on the power play for an ugly one.

Mike Fisher got that one back for the Senators, also on the power play (Ottawa's first in more than 128 minutes), but Flyers rookie James van Riemsdyk made it 2-1 with an open-side goal less than two minutes after Fisher's marker.

"He didn't look comfortable on a couple of those, for sure," said Clouston when asked to evaluate Leclaire's game last night. "He seemed to be second-guessing himself at times."

'It's frustrating'

Clouston said the Senators have had trouble rallying after opponents' goals lately.

"(Last night) it seemed that way. We have to find a way not to have an emotional letdown," said Clouston. "The first 40 minutes we played well. I don't know if you can play a better road game than that and that goal early in the third really seemed to deflate us.

"It seemed to drain the emotion. When they got that goal early in the third, we seemed to lose momentum."

"I felt okay," said Leclaire, who faced 27 shots. "They had some good chances ... it's frustrating because I thought we played well. It's disappointing, but you have to forget about it and focus on the next one."

Giving up and drawing penalties remained the story for the Senators last night. They had just one power play last night and have now had just three in their last three games. The Flyers were 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

"We want to have at least three or four more power plays a game, especially on the road," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We've got to draw more. You do that by driving to the net, but in the third we weren't breaking the puck out as well and we couldn't get in their end with any speed."

They made the most of the one power play they had, with Fisher snapping a backhander by Emery from the bottom of the right-wing circle at 14:59 to tie it for his seventh goal of the season.

It was the only one they would get by Emery on the night.

"I was a bit nervous, but it's okay," said Emery, who faced 23 shots. "Usually, I enjoy more those big games, those games where I am nervous. When you are nervous, it is much easier to stay focused, even when you go through stretches where there aren't a lot of shots."


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