This has been a scary couple of games in terms of Flyers players making body-to-skate contact. After Michael Del Zotto narrowly avoided getting cut in the front of his neck in Colorado and Claude Giroux took a skate to the ankle in Carolina (causing him to miss a game) Brayden Schenn was nicked in the face by Simmonds' skate as the two fell to the ice. Luckily Schenn returned to the bench after some stitches. Hoping this is the last of these incidents.
Simmonds sparked some life into the team (or at least himself) in the second period by fighting Colin Greening, his second consecutive game with a fight.
In the third the Flyers fell behind after an Ottawa goal from Mike Hoffman on a play that should have been called offsides but was missed.
Simmonds evened it up only 2 minutes later though on the power play. Giroux hit Simmonds, who was stationed right in front of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, and he stuffed it right through the five hole to make it 1-1.
No one expected much from the Flyers in the shootout, and rightly so. Jakub Voracek scored in the first round, but so did Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad. No one would beat the goalie again until the fifth round when Simmonds slipped it past Anderson's left skate. Simmer is now 1-for-1 on the season in shootouts, this being his first attempt of the year.
The Flyers will be back in action Thursday vs. the Washington Capitals at the Well.
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