Senators end up losing on skid as DeBrincat and Talbot deliver against Flyers


The victory was goaltender Cam Talbot’s first in a Senators uniform, while winger Alex DeBrincat played his first multi-goal game for Ottawa.

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PHILADELPHIA – Just breathe.

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The seemingly endless losing streak finally came to a halt at seven games on Saturday afternoon as the Ottawa Senators capitalized on key contributions from winger Alex DeBrincat and goaltender Cam Talbot to eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers 3- 1.

DeBrincat scored two power play goals and Talbot made 37 saves.

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The win, the Senators’ first since a 4-2 triumph over the Dallas Stars on Oct. 24, naturally came with a huge sigh of relief.

At the same time, however, there were concerns as star defenseman Thomas Chabot left the game early in the third period after taking a hard, unpenalized miss to the Flyers’ Travis Konecny’s board. There was no immediate word on Chabot’s status or whether he would be available when the Senators return to action Monday against the New York Islanders.

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It’s the kind of victory the Senators might have expected at the start of the National Hockey League season.

The acquisition of DeBrincat was to provide a major offensive spark. Picking up Talbot was also designed to help give the Senators a proven 1-2 punch with Anton Forsberg.

But it took time for them to have an impact.

The win was Talbot’s first in a Senators uniform, DeBrincat had his first multi-goal game for Ottawa.

The turning point came when DeBrincat broke a 1-1 power-play deadlock with just 49 seconds left in the second period, finishing off a nice passing game that also involved Brady Tkachuk and Tim Stutzle.

It was from the exact spot — alone on the left side of the net — where the Senators had relied on DeBrincat to score countless goals this season.

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DeBrincat added his second of the game early in the third period. Tkachuk had three assists.

The goals had been a long time coming. DeBrincat, who twice scored the 40-goal mark with the Chicago Blackhawks, had been in a six-game drought, with his last goal coming on Oct. 27, the same night the losing streak began with a 4-2 loss. against the Minnesota Savage.

Ottawa’s first power play of the afternoon came on the back of marginal interference against Nicolas Deslauriers of the Flyers, but that was pretty predictable considering Philadelphia had received the first upside opportunities. at three.

The Senators could thank Talbot for letting them survive those odds. He was exceptional, especially in the first two periods, when the Flyers outshot the Senators 30-17.

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It was an impressive rebounding effort for the goaltender. He had a shaky outing in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks and pointed the finger after that game, suggesting he had let his team down.

Come Saturday, however, he was at the top of his game.

Barely a minute into the match, he made a point-blank save on Scott Laughton, who was left all alone in the slot, and looked more comfortable as the match progressed. With the game deadlocked 1-1 in the second period, the Flyers had several chances to bury a game-clinching goal, but couldn’t get the puck past Talbot.

The Senators arrived in Philadelphia early Friday feeling like they had left a point behind in New Jersey after Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils. After Forsberg kept them in the game with a 20-stop second period, they rallied to send the game into overtime.

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Nico Hischier won that game in overtime for the Devils after New Jersey relief goaltender Akira Schmid made several spectacular saves.

The Flyers, who beat the Senators 2-1 at the Canadian Tire Center on Nov. 5, entered Saturday’s game after a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the first game Flyers coach John Tortorella had coached at Columbus since being fired by the club at the end of the 2020-21 season.

The Flyers opened the scoring Saturday as Kevin Hayes cashed in, beating Travis Hamonic for a loose puck in the slot at 6:05.

The Senators are not gone, however. They finally found their legs and tied the game when Chabot slipped behind the Flyers defense and caught a pass from Claude Giroux. On the breakaway, Chabot beat Hart with a high shot to the blocker side.

Hart entered the game with a sparkling .941 save percentage, but he didn’t have the answers when DeBrincat found his touch.

kwarren@postmedia.com

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