January 7, 2012
Briere drops Sens in OT
By Don Brennan, QMI AGENCY
PHILADELPHIA - The Senators managed to take one point home with them from Pennsylvania Saturday.
Danny Briere prevented them from getting the other.
Briere’s third goal of the game with 5.3 seconds left in overtime put the Senators on the short end of a 3-2 final to the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
The two teams meet again at Scotiabank Place Sunday in a 5 p.m. start.
Briere’s winner came off a giveaway by Chris Phillips behind the Senators net.
“(Briere) went to the net hard and kept whacking at it, and it finally found its way in,” said Senators goalie Craig Anderson. “We had full possession of the puck there and we just made a mistake with it. It was a costly one.”
The Senators wound up surviving 5-of-6 short-handed situations.
“I thought it was a great game,” said Ottawa coach Paul MacLean. “I didn’t really like the way we started, but I thought that through 50 minutes of the game we played real hard, well enough to have the lead. It ended up that, in overtime, stuff happened.
“We took two, too-many-men penalties and that’s our fault. That’s on our team for sure. The rest of the penalties are penalties. I just wish that our goalie, Craig Anderson, who has 19 wins, would get the same respect that the other goaltenders in the league get as far as being allowed to defend his net and be able to play his position. That’s the only complaint that I would have.”
Bobby Butler went from being the most expendable Senator to the most important one earlier in the third period.
Butler served both too-many-men on the ice penalties in the first five minutes of the period.
Moments after emerging from the box following the second one, Butler shook free of Brayden Schenn’s check in the slot to score his fourth goal of the season.
The goal gave the Senators their first lead with 13:17 left, but they could not preserve it.
Michalek ends drought
On the power play, Briere scored his second of the game, with some help from Phillips, to knot the count. Briere was cruising in front of the net when he deflected a point shot by Kimmon Timonen. The puck popped up in the air and Phillips, while trying to check Briere, inadvertently batted it past Anderson.
Milan Michalek ended his longest drought of the season when he scored his 20th to tie things up just past the midway mark of the second period.
The goal came seven seconds into a 5-on-3 power play for the Senators that Flyers fans thought should never have been awarded, even though Matt Carle clearly chopped down Colin Greening.
“I think both teams play the same way ... we could have just as easily come away with the two points (Saturday),” said Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson, who had two assists to bring his total to 34, second in the league behind only Henrik Sedin. “Unfortunately, we lost it for a couple of seconds there, and we lost the game.
“We did the best out of the situation we were given. I think we played a lot of minutes in penalty killing and we did as good as we could.”