Rookie Read’s 4 Points Lift Flyers Over Senators
OTTAWA (AP) – Philadelphia rookie Matt Read needed only one period against the Ottawa Senators to put up the biggest numbers of his young career.
Read had a goal and two assists in the opening 20 minutes as the Flyers built a four-goal lead and went on to beat the Senators 7-2 on Tuesday night. Read added a third assist in the third period.
The four-goal outburst was enough for Senators coach Paul MacLean to make a goaltending switch to start the second period as Craig Anderson came on in relief of Alex Auld, who faced just 10 shots. Anderson made 17 saves but surrendered three goals late in the third period.
Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Max Talbot also scored for the Flyers (4-0-1) in the first period. James van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and Harrison Zolnierczyk scored in the final 5 minutes of the third period. The goals for Couturier and Zolnierczyk were their first in the NHL.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 21 shots in his first start of the season.
Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson had the only goals for the Senators (1-5). Ottawa had chances but was shut out on five power-play opportunities, including a span in the second period where they had extensive stretches playing 4-on-3 and 5-on-3.
The Flyers were 3 for 6 on the power play.
Jaromir Jagr had a good scoring opportunity in the second period and another in the third, but is still looking for his first goal with the Flyers.
The crowd of 18,059 was all over Auld early after he let in two very soft goals and two questionable ones.
The first goal from Read and the third from Giroux were on floater shots that were meant more to create rebounds than find the net. Simmonds’ goal was scored off a rebound during a large scramble in front.
Talbot gently placed the puck between Auld’s pads off a pass from Read in the final minute of the period.
The Senators got on the board late in the second period when Daniel Alfredsson fed a cross-crease pass to Spezza, who scored from the side of Bobrovsky. Karlsson scored with 20 seconds to play.
NOTES: The Flyers won in Ottawa for the first time since Nov. 24, 2007 – a 4-3 victory. They had lost seven straight there since then
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