The Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators played in a very entertaining hockey game on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It was a very entertaining game for all the fans who were in attendance at the game but the Flyers who are looking to enter the playoffs playing good hockey this game is not one they want to look at. They will need to improve on a lot of things if they want to have a successful run in the 2012 playoffs. The Senators defeated the Flyers in a shootout, 4-3.
There is certainly a reason why the Philadelphia Flyers are the second highest scoring team in the NHL this season. They certainly can score goals and score them in bunches. The goal scoring has not been their problem. The problem that this team seems to have this season is allowing teams to just jump out to two or three goal leads on them and the Flyers are chasing and fighting to get back into games. They showed both of these things in Saturday afternoon's game. The Flyers got behind 3-0 and dug themselves another hole and again they fought back and got back into the hockey game.
Wayne Simmonds scored his 26th goal of the season, early in the second period. Sean Couturier and Braydon Coburn scored to tie the game in the second period as both teams went into the third period all tied up at 3-3.
The Flyers were again playing with backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky who did look shaky in the first period but he did pick up his play and kept the Flyers in the game. He allowed three goals on 12 shots by the Senators in the first period
The Flyers travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday to play the Penguins their inter-state rival and a team in which they may see a lot of in the near future. The Flyers and Penguins are both fighting for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and they have two big games against one another which should go a long way to decide who will be the team with the home ice advantage in the first round. Sunday's game should be really interesting because both teams do want that fourth spot and home ice advantage in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs