Philly Flyin' High, Whips Ottawa

Shorthanded Senators can't handle Flyers' balanced scoring attack
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 12:39 AM CST
Philadelphia Flyers' Mike Richards, left, and Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil battle for the puck in the second period of a hockey game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, in Philadelphia. The Flyers won 6-1. (AP Photo/Tom...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Philadelphia continued its stellar play last night, blasting Ottawa, the top team in the Eastern Conference, 6-1, at Wachovia Center. The Flyers got two goals and an assist from Scottie Upshall and single tallies from four others in pasting the injury-riddled Senators, who were missing captain Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley. The Flyers' No. 1 power play lit the lamp twice.

"This is a big game, a good steppingstone for us," said Flyer R.J. Umberger, who also scored. Philly is 10-1-2 in its past 13 games and has moved into a tie for first in the Atlantic Division. Things went so well for the Flyers that Riley Cote, giving up 25 pounds, pounded noted tough guy Brian McGrattan in a first-period scrap.