Ottawa at Philadelphia

Upshall nets two, Flyers roll to fourth consecutive victory


PHILADELPHIA -- Taking advantage of depth and balanced scoring, the Philadelphia Flyers are surging straight to the top of their division.

Scottie Upshall had two goals and an assist to lead the Flyers to their fourth consecutive win, 6-1 over the slumping Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Braydon Coburn, Scott Hartnell, Sami Kapanen and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, who have won seven of their last eight games. Philadelphia has lost only once in regulation in its last 13 games (10-1-2).

"Right now depth is a big key to our success," Upshall said. "Our last ten games we've had everyone except (Joffrey) Lupul healthy, and he's been a big part of our team."

Lupul, who has missed the last seven games, is out indefinitely after sustaining a mild concussion and spinal cord contusion at Toronto on Jan. 5.

Hartnell, who was acquired from Nashville with Kimmo Timonen in a trade last June, has scored 10 goals in the last seven games and 16 in the last 28 games, after going without a goal for the first 15 games of the season.

Hartnell also made good on a pregame prediction.

"Hart's (Hartnell) been on fire lately, so to speak," Upshall said. "Tonight he actually said, '(I feel) it's going to be my night tonight.' Being the good buddies that we are, it was a big win for us."

Chris Kelly scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Senators, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five.

Ottawa was again without its two leading scorers. Daniel Alfredsson (29 goals, 31 assists) has missed two games and is day to day since injuring his hip against Carolina on Thursday, and Dany Heatley (25 goals, 31 assists) is out indefinitely after hurting his right shoulder against Detroit on Jan. 12.

"Two big key guys out of the lineup," Kelly said. "When that happens, it gives other guys an opportunity to play more and contribute more. For those guys, they haven't done that so far."

Ottawa coach John Paddock echoed Kelly's sentiments.

"I was disappointed in some individuals that are not taking advantage of stepping up," Paddock said. "They're not being responsible in doing the right thing."

Flyers backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki, who hasn't lost in regulation in his last seven starts (6-0-1), made 25 saves. His only loss during that span came against Boston, 4-3 in overtime.

Ottawa's Martin Gerber allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Ray Emery at the beginning of the third period.

Coburn put the Flyers ahead 1:37 into the first period when he scored on a one-timer from just beyond the slot. Then Hartnell made it 2-0 at 13:16 of the period when he converted another one-timer from the front of the left circle after taking a pass from Jeff Carter.

The Flyers increased their lead to 4-0 by scoring on their first two shots of the second period. Upshall snapped a wrist shot from the left circle at 0:44, and Umberger scored on a goal mouth scramble at 3:50.

Kelly made it 4-1 at 7:27 of the period on a wrist shot from the right circle over Niittymaki's blocker, but Kapanen put in a rebound of Coburn's shot to score short-handed at 3:49 of the third period. Upshall added his second goal on a two-man advantage at 17:52.

Kapanen said that the Flyers are starting to jell at the crucial time between Christmas and the All-Star break.

"Having many new players it takes probably three to four months to get together and start clicking as a team," Kapanen said. "Going into the stretch was huge for us, and so far we're doing pretty good."


  • The Senators played the first of a four-game road trip.
  • Ottawa C Randy Robitaille played his 500th NHL game.
  • Ottawa RW Brian McGrattan left the game after hurting his right shoulder in a fight with Riley Cote early in the first period.
  • The Flyers, who lead the NHL with 57 power-play goals, were 2-for-7 with the man advantage.
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Philly's Riley Cote and Ottawa's Brian McGrattan trade haymakers during the opening period.  (US Presswire)
Philly's Riley Cote and Ottawa's Brian McGrattan trade haymakers during the opening period. (US Presswire)
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Philadelphia  (26-15-5) «2226
Three Stars
S. Gagne

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
S. Upshall

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
R. Cote

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
01:37Braydon Coburn (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Scottie Upshall, Derian Hatcher
13:16Power Play - Scott Hartnell (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger
44.0Scottie Upshall (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Richards, Steve Downie
03:50R.J. Umberger (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Simon Gagne, Daniel Briere
07:27Chris Kelly (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Randy Robitaille, Wade Redden
03:49Short - Sami Kapanen (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Simon Gagne, Braydon Coburn
17:52Power Play - Scottie Upshall (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Riley Cote, Braydon Coburn
Penalty Summary
02:54Cote, 5 min, Fighting
02:54McGrattan, 5 min, Fighting
03:26Volchenkov, 2 min, Tripping
09:37Knuble, 2 min, Holding
11:30Meszaros, 2 min, Holding the Stick
13:49Spezza, 2 min, Hooking
16:34Vermette, 2 min, Slashing
02:54Carter, 2 min, Hooking
06:12Meszaros, 2 min, Slashing
09:21Upshall, 2 min, Tripping
16:21Neil, 2 min, Slashing
17:17Fisher, 2 min, Tripping
19:19Donovan, 5 min, Fighting
19:19Vandermeer, 5 min, Fighting
Shots On Goal
Ray Emery20:0052
Martin Gerber39:51104
Antero Niittymaki59:51251
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Referees - Brad Meier, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Andy McElman
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