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National Hockey League
Ottawa 4, Philadelphia 3
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 3, 2018
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referees: Wes McCauley, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Tony Sericolo
Attendance: 19729
Mike Hoffman scored the decisive shootout goal to send the Ottawa Senators past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Hoffman's winner beat Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth in the sixth round of the shootout after Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere was stopped by Craig Anderson. Derick Brassard came close to ending it in the fifth round, but his shot clanged off the post.

Brassard, Matt Duchene and Christopher DiDomenico each scored goals for the Senators, who have won back-to-back games to open the month of February after dropping six straight to close out January and eight of their 11 games (3-7-1) last month.

Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Nolan Patrick all scored for Philadelphia, but the Flyers were unable to reverse their skid and have dropped four straight (0-3-1) following a season-high-tying four-game winning streak.

Anderson made 33 saves to avoid his 200th career loss and improve to 13-17-5 this season.

Alex Lyon stopped 20 of 23 shots for the Flyers before being replaced by Neuvirth to start the third period. Neuvirth recorded six saves to keep Philadelphia in contention in the final 20-plus minutes.

Duchene's 12th goal of the season opened the scoring 10:53 into the game and Brassard's 13th doubled the Senators' lead at 11:32.

After a scoreless first for the Flyers, Couturier netted his team-leading 27th goal of the campaign 3:53 into the second to give Philadelphia new life. DiDomenico's fourth goal this season restored Ottawa's two-goal lead at the 13:02 mark of the second.

Giroux's 16th goal at 14:15 of the third brought the Flyers within a goal before Patrick's fifth tied the score at 3 in the knick of time with 2.6 seconds left in the game, forcing overtime.

The Senators edged the Flyers 5-4 in their first meeting of the season on Oct. 26. The teams complete their three-game season series Feb. 24 in Ottawa.

Ottawa wraps up a quick two-game trip Sunday in Montreal. Philadelphia begins a stretch of three out of four games on the road Tuesday at Carolina.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Ottawa   Philadelphia
Ryan Dzingel 2 Points Travis Konecny 2
Derick Brassard 1 Goals Sean Couturier 1
Ryan Dzingel 2 Assists Travis Konecny 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Craig Anderson .917 Save Percentage Michal Neuvirth 1.000
Craig Anderson 33 Saves Alex Lyon 20
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 29 4 0-2 3-3 12 33
Philadelphia 36 3 0-3 2-2 10 30
Upcoming Games
  • Philadelphia will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Flyers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Senators have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .324 after a loss.