NHL: Philadelphia 3, Ottawa 1

Feb. 28, 2008 at 10:24 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Mike Knuble scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period Thursday and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to down Ottawa 3-1.

The Senators played for the first time since Coach John Paddock was fired. General Manager Bryan Murray will coach the Senators for the rest of the regular season.

Philadelphia won its second straight after suffering through a 10-game losing streak. James Dowd and Scottie Upshall also scored and Martin Biron made 32 saves.

Ottawa has lost three in a row and has won just 11 times in 27 outings since the start of 2008. Nevertheless, the Senators remain a point in front of the Northeast Division.

Jason Spezza scored Ottawa's only goal. While he was celebrating his second-period tally he was shoved by Biron, and a pushing match ensued among several players -- resulting in a game misconduct for Spezza for jamming the end of his stick into the stomach of a member of the Flyers.

Knuble gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead 41 seconds into the third when a shot by Jason Smith deflected off his skate.

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