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The Senators (17-18-1) hope to avoid a third straight loss Saturday and end their recent struggles. They have been outscored 35-15 while losing six of their previous eight following an 8-1-0 stretch from Nov. 18-Dec. 5.

Things get worse after the news that Spezza will be out for 4-6 weeks after injuring his knee during Thursday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Spezza, who has 19 goals and 25 assists, is Ottawa's leading scorer. The news comes in a bad time as the Sens are srugguling and need more scoring.

"I'm definitely frustrated," he said. "The back's starting to feel better. One thing starts feeling better and this happens. But it's part of the game."

Ottawa allowed three unanswered goals in the third period of Thursday's loss.

"It just seems like the wheels come off in the third period," said Senators defenseman Wade Redden, who missed Ottawa's previous nine games with an upper-body injury. "We give up a goal, which is fine, but then we only get two or three shots. We totally got away from what we need to do to be successful."

Ottawa scored three unanswered goals in its only meeting with the Flyers this season, a 3-2 win in Philadelphia on Nov. 22 in which Redden scored with 20.6 seconds left in overtime. The Flyers won three of four meetings last season.

Ottawa forward Dany Heatley has two goals and three assists while contributing at least one point in his last three games, including his 150th career goal on Thursday. Before this run, Heatley went pointless in a season-high four straight contests.

The dishearted team heads to Phily (8-22-4) who have struggles of their own has dropped a team-record eight straight overall, and is one defeat away from setting a franchise mark with six consecutive losses at home. The Flyers last win at the Wachovia Center came against Columbus on Nov. 24, their only win in 12 home games since Nov. 2.

Philadelphia's 3-10-4 home record is the NHL's worst.

Hopefully the Sens can pull off a much needed win. :D

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Sens extend Flyers record losing skid

Canadian Press
12/23/2006 4:01:01 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 8:25 left, and the Senators defeated Philadelphia 6-3 to extend the Flyers' franchise-record losing streak to eight games.

Joe Corvo, Chris Phillips, Denis Hamel, and Peter Schaefer also scored for the Senators, who had dropped two straight and six of their previous eight games.

The Senators were without leading scorer Jason Spezza, who suffered a knee injury against Tampa on Thursday and is out indefinitely.

Ben Eager, Jeff Carter and Kyle Calder scored for the Flyers, who set a franchise record by losing their sixth straight home game. Philadelphia had dropped five straight in 1969 and 1990.

Alfredsson broke a 3-3 tie when he knocked a rebound of a Dany Heatley shot over the stick of Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki. Heatley had stolen the puck from Philadelphia defenceman Derian Hatcher.

Schaefer added a power-play goal when he put a wrist shot into a wide open net at 12:29 and Alfredsson scored a short-handed open-net goal with 25 seconds left.

Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber had 26 saves. Niittymaki, making his 15th straight start, stopped 36 shots.

The Flyers led 2-1 after outshooting the Senators 16-7 in the first period.

Corvo put the Senators ahead at 6:09 when he slapped a one-timer from the left circle past the pads of Niittymaki on a power play.

Eager tied it at 12:30 when he hammered in a rebound of a point-blank wrist shot by Stefan Ruzicka.

Carter made it 2-1 with 2:32 left when he connected on a one-timer from the left circle.


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Good win for the Sens. There would have been major problems if they lost to Philly. Hopefully they can get back on track and get over a .500 record. Its looking worse and worse everyday for their playoffs chances. Hopefully they can pull it through.
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