PHILADELPHIA - The Senators powerless power play has come under much scrutiny of late, mostly as its ineffectiveness has pushed the team toward the outskirts of the playoff picture.
But Thursday night in Philly, the power play rose to a key occasion and helped stop Ottawa's longest losing streak of the season at five games.
With Claude Giroux serving four minutes for high-sticking Mika Zibanejad's face, the Senators remembered how to take advantage of a man-advantage.
Patrick Wiercioch sprung Colin Greening for a breakaway, and the big winger put a shot over Ilya Bryzgalov's left shoulder with 5:36 left in the third to lead the Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
Daniel Alfredsson's empty netter with seven seconds left sealed the victory.