Hoffman lifts Senators to shootout victory over Flyers, 4-3

PHILADELPHIA — Mike Hoffman dazzled in the shootout while Craig Anderson was simply solid.

Hoffman’s tally was the only goal among 12 players in the shootout and lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Anderson made 33 saves in regulation in overtime before six Flyers tried and failed to score against him in the shootout.

“Yeah, I think tonight was one of those nights where you’re just feeling pretty good with the shootout, being patient, not moving too much,” Anderson said. “And they miss the net on the second one — you need a little bit of luck sometimes with those. I’ve been in there where you can’t stop anything, so every night is something new.”

The Senators looked like they had the game won in regulation, but Nolan Patrick tied it with 2.6 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.

Neither team scored in the 3-on-3 5-minute period and neither looked like it was going to score in the shootout, either. After six Flyers shooters and five Senators missed, Hoffman finally connected with a pretty move that beat Michal Neuvirth and sent Ottawa to consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 5-6.

Hoffman got Neuvirth to bite on his forehand fake and then reached back with just his right hand on the stick for the winning goal.

“There are moves that work,” Hoffman said. “Some don’t. If you don’t try them, you never know.”

Derick Brassard, Matt Duchene and Chris DiDomenico scored in regulation and Ryan Dzingel had a pair of assists for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 33 saves for the Senators.

Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton also scored in regulation for Philadelphia, which lost its fourth straight to hurt its playoff position. The Flyers began play clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but just a point ahead of the Rangers and Islanders.

“It’s an important point that we earned in the third period, but I don’t think it leaves any satisfaction.”

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