Elliott, Sens shut out Flyers

Ottawa Senators' Nick Foligno celebrates his game-winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with...

Ottawa Senators' Nick Foligno celebrates his game-winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with teammates. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Elliott silenced his critics Thursday night.

The Senators goaltender picked up only his second career shutout (his last one was March 29 against Tampa), making 24 stops in a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Nick Foligno broke a scoreless tie at 11:31 of the third period to give Ottawa its second straight victory on the road. Jesse Winchester added an empty-netter.

“It was nice. I was going to the net and opportunities were presenting themselves,” said Foligno. “I was happy to bang that one in and just help the team win. A lot of guys did a good job and (Elliott) played great. Getting to the net is part of my game. I was happy to get there and get rewarded for it.”

Elliott’s inconsistency has been the focus since he took over the No. 1 job when Pascal Leclaire suffered a broken cheekbone when hit by a puck while sitting on the bench. Going into Thursday night, Elliott had a 3-5-1 record and 3.08 goals-against average in the nine games since taking over.

“This showed a lot about his character,” said Senators coach Cory Clouston. “He has taken a lot of heat and he deserves the credit when he does play well if we’re going to give him heat when he doesn’t. He was very, very good. It’s when you make the timely saves.”

Elliott made back-to-back stops on Matt Carle and Mike Richards early in the second by getting across the net — something that has been a problem for him lately.

“It feels pretty good. They didn’t have a lot of Grade ‘A’ scoring opportunities. They got a lot of shots from outside,” said Elliott. “I feel like I’ve been seeing the puck the same way I was seeing it (Thursday). It’s just a good sign. You just keep waiting for games like this.

Hopefully, this gets some momentum going and the guys feel the same way I do and we just start clicking.”

The officials went upstairs after the save on Carle, but it was no goal with Elliott pushed into the net by Scott Hartnell.

“They pushed Brian into the crease. It wasn’t going to be a goal,” said Clouston. “Whether it crossed or not, it wasn’t going to be a goal.”

Trying to ignite the offence, Clouston moved Jason Spezza back with Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson while Mike Fisher was with Alex Kovalev and Foligno.

At the other end, Boucher has some proving of his own to do. He’ll carry the ball for the next six weeks with Ray Emery sidelined after abdominal surgery.

The Senators’ power play continued to sputter with an 0-for-6 performance Thursday night. But Philly went 0-for-7.

“We’ve got some things to work on,” said Clouston. “We’ve got to be better on the power play, but fortunately on the other side of that coin, we did a good job killing penalties. We don’t need to be at our best right now. We’ve got some areas we’ve got to tidy up.”

The Senators return home to face the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday at 7 p.m.


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