His first “real” match in front of his new supporters, Brady Tkachuk showed why the Ottawa Senators have based so many hopes in him.
The attacker is 19-year-old took his second career game in the NHL to go with a double and a pass, but it was in self-defeating behavior so that his club has received a setback of 7-4 at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night in front of 13 215 fans at the Centre Canadian Tire.
The fourth choice in the last draft became the second youngest player in the history of Senators to raise three points in a game, while Alexandre Daigle had also harvested two goals and one in October 1993, when he was 18 years old. Only Pavol Demitra (18), and Radek Bonk, Daigle, were younger than him at the time of their first goal.
His first goal, which opened the scoring in the numerical advantage, was not too beautiful, the shot of Chris Tierney, who had redirected a pass from Maxime Lajoie deviant on his skating. It will be more likely to tell his grandchildren how he has scored his second, at the beginning of the second third, when it crossed the neutral zone at full speed before using a defender as a screen before you take a great wrist shot that beat the goalie Calvin Pickard.
“The first goal was not as I dreamed, it was deflected off my foot. It was still pretty cool. But in the end, it has not picked up the two points, which is the most difficult to swallow. We will put this match behind us and think about the next”, he commented after the match.
Its good night the individual came on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of his mother Chantal. “It is a good gift in advance, especially as I do not have anything bought for her birthday. I’ll try to send her flowers tomorrow,” added Tkachuk.
Two goals from Jakub Voráček and one of Sean Couturier, who profited from two moments of weakness, goalie Craig Anderson in the second third, has helped the Flyers take the lead 3-2, after its doubled.
Lajoie, however, has tied it on a power play, on a sequence initiated by Tkachuk on the side of the net. It was the first of his two goals, which accounted for a by the end of the game.
Scott Laughton has revived the visitors in front four against four shortly after that a melee general has broken out near the net to Pickard when Bobby Ryan went to the defense of rookie Alex Formenton. The latter left the game in the third, wounded in the upper body.
Robert Hagg was added an insurance goal early in the third period in a cage gaping while Michael Raffle had drawn Anderson out of the confines of his net. And Claude Giroux took advantage of his visit in his hometown of adoption to add the sixth goal of his own, by digital advantage. It was his first of the season for the captain who had promised the night before that his club would resume Ottawa with a win, after a humiliating defeat of 8-2 against San Jose in its inaugural game at home. Laugton has completed in an empty net.
Chris Tierney has picked up three assists to bring to four his series of matches with at least a point, the same kind of clip that holds the defender Thomas Chabot after having collected a pass on the second goal of Tkachuk.
“It was a match that was in our range, but when they made it 4-3, they have taken control. We are close, but we are not there yet. It looks like they have adjusted after the first period and we have not been able to do it,” said center Matt Duchene, who has been milled.
The Senators have not won in Ottawa in two outings (0-1-1), who will continue to stay in the home of the five parties receiving the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon.
>> Summary of the match
Evening difficult for Anderson
After four games, the Senators have provided 20 goals to their opponents, an average of five per game. Each time, their custodians have allocated at least one bad goal per game, which is going to make their life impossible if the trend continues.
“We gave them many chances and they capitalized, especially in the digital advantage, analysed, Craig Anderson after the match where he faced 45 shots. This was not our best game, but we can build on. It is necessary to learn this kind of game. If you are trying to exchange chances against some of the guys the most skillful in the league, it’s going to be difficult. They have been quite good this evening.”
Jakub Voráček led the Flyers with two goals and three assists, and Claude Giroux added a goal and a pass. “This is a big win on the road for us, after what happened yesterday (the reverse of 8-2 against San Jose). We will hope that it we furnish it in the right way,” noted Giroux.
The Flyers have scored two goals in seven chances with the numerical advantage, against three in seven for Ottawa.
“The energy was good on the bench. We must learn to play smarter, whether it be turnovers or penalties. We lost the momentum in this match, analyzed head coach Guy Boucher. We have done a lot of good work, but we must work more intelligently.”
Brady Tkachuk is blamed for a double-minor in the third when he dropped the gloves, in search of a “Gordie Howe”. “He was nervous in his first game in Boston, with 70 people in the grandstands. The dust has settled and there has been a great player tonight,” said Boucher.