Voracek, Laughton score 2 apiece, Flyers beat Senators 7-4
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jakub Voracek rebounded quickly from an embarrassing loss.
Voracek had two goals and three assists and Scott Laughton also scored twice in Philadelphia’s 7-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Wednesday, a night after an 8-2 loss to San Jose in the Flyers’ home opener.
“It was a tough start at home for us, but we scored seven and I think we played a pretty good hockey game,” Voracek said. “We just have to take it to the home ice now.”
Sean Couturier, Robert Hagg and Claude Giroux also scored, and Calvin Pickard stopped 31 shots.
Brady Tkachuk scored his first NHL goal and finished with two goals and an assist for Ottawa.
″(My mother’s) birthday is (Thursday), so it’s a nice little pre-gift for her because as of right now I don’t have a gift for her yet,” said Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick in the June draft. “Maybe try to send flowers overnight, but it’s kind of my gift for her.”
Maxime Lajoie also had two goals and an assist for the Senators, who were playing the first of a five-game homestand.
Craig Anderson made 38 saves, but the Flyers victimized him with four goals through two periods before they pulled away in the third.
Philadelphia took the lead for good with 4:15 remaining in the second period when Thomas Chabot missed an opportunity to clear the puck down low and Laughton beat Anderson off a backhand.
The game took a nasty edge in the second that continued in the third.
Playing his second career game, the 19-year-old Tkachuk endeared himself to fans with his scoring touch, but also showed his propensity to mix things up when he took a double minor for roughing early in the final frame.
The Flyers didn’t score on the ensuing power play, but Hagg picked up his second of the season shortly thereafter.
Giroux scored his first goal of the season late in the period on a power play to make it 6-3.
Tkachuk, making his home debut with the Senators, got his first goal when he redirected a shot by Chris Tierney off his skate on the power play midway through the first period. He became the fastest Tkachuk to score in the NHL. It took his father Keith five games, and brother Matthew, who plays for Calgary, scored in his fourth outing.
The Flyers tied it on the power play as Voracek, at the side of the net, redirected Shayne Gostisbehere’s one-timer.
Tkachuk picked up his second of the night early in the second period as he carried the puck in and beat Pickard shortside, but less than two minutes later Couturier grabbed a rebound and backhanded it past Anderson to tie it 2-2.
The Flyers took the lead on Voracek’s second of the night as he showed great patience before beating Anderson through the five-hole. The Senators managed to tie it when Lajoie fired a rebound past Pickard.
Ottawa C Paul Carey and D Ben Harpur were healthy scratches.
Flyers: Return home to face the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.
Senators: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.