Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Mike Richards tied a season high with four points on two goals and two assists, as the Philadelphia Flyers used a three- goal third period to break open a close game and defeat Ottawa, 6-2.
Danny Briere and Andrej Meszaros posted a goal and helper each for the Flyers, winners of four straight and eight of nine overall.
Scott Hartnell also tallied while Sergei Bobrovsky halted 25-of-27 shots for the victory.
Philadelphia opened up a five-point lead over Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings after the Penguins were shut out at New Jersey.
Milan Michalek and Nick Foligno found the net for the Senators, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11. Brian Elliott was shelled for all six goals on just 22 shots.