Reuters - Wed, 24 Mar 08:36:00 2010
Philadelphia were shut out 2-0 by the Ottawa Senators in the Flyers' first game without leading scorer Jeff Carter.
Carter will miss three-to-four weeks because of a fractured foot and the Flyers were unable to find the net without the 25-year-old, who has 33 goals and 27 assists this season.
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said his team had ample opportunities to score.
"We had a 5-on-3 we could have scored on. We had a number of power-plays there in the third we could have scored on," he added.
Sens netminder Brian Elliott (pictured) recorded his second shutout in as many nights to hand the Flyers their third consecutive loss.
Elliott finished with 26 saves while Chris Kelly and Daniel Alfredsson provided the goals. It was the Senators second win in a row after they had lost five consecutive games. They beat Montreal by the same score on Monday.
"He's played unbelievable the last two games and we've been able to score the first goals too in the last two games, which definitely helps," Alfredsson said.
"We're skating much better. We're being more aggressive, not as passive as we were. Hopefully we can continue that."
Ottawa (39-30-5), fifth in the Eastern Conference, moved four points ahead of sixth-placed Philadelphia (37-31-5).
The closest Elliott came to surrendering a goal on Tuesday came early in the third period when James van Riemsdyk's shot had to be reviewed to make sure it did not cross the line. The save was upheld.
Philadelphia netminder Brian Boucher had a solid outing, making 24 saves. Boucher who is starting in place of Michael Leighton, who is out with an ankle injury. The Flyers also lost goalie Ray Emery for the season in February.
Boucher was beaten by Kelly's snap shot at 10:34 in the first period and Alfredsson made it 2-0 with a wrister 18 seconds into the third.