OTTAWA, Ontario - The Flyers had lots of scoring chances Saturday night, but, as they have done throughout the first 20 games, lacked a finishing touch at the Canadian Tire Center.
As a result, they lost their third straight, dropping a 4-0 decision to Ottawa, which concluded a 3-0-2 homestand.
The Senators (10-5-5) don't play another home game until Dec. 1, also against the Flyers (6-9-5).
Maybe by then the Orange and Black will have figured out how to put the puck in the net. Right now, they are making it look like a lost art.
It was the second straight shutout loss for the Flyers, who haven't scored in 133 minutes, 49 seconds. They have averaged 1.7 goals per game, last in the NHL - and their 34 goals is their lowest 20-game total in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Craig Anderson made 36 saves to register his second shutout of the season.
"You can't do anything magical that changes that," coach Dave Hakstol said of the Flyers' goal shortage. "We have to keep doing things hard; we have to find a way to finish some of these plays. We had some real good opportunities where there were grade-A looks, and others where there were rebounds and scramble opportunities."
The Flyers seemed to try to take out their frustration with their fists. There were three fights in the first two periods: Sam Gagner decisioned Ottawa's Alex Chiasson, the Senators' Chris Neil bested Brandon Manning, and Wayne Simmonds pounded the Sens' Mark Borowiecki.
About two minutes after the Simmonds bout, Milan Michalek beat goalie Steve Mason from the left circle, giving the Senators a 3-0 lead with 2:35 left in the second period. They made it 4-0 on Kyle Turris' goal, just as a Flyers penalty expired, early in the third period.
The Flyers, who lost the services of center Scott Laughton when he was slammed into the boards early in the game, had the better scoring opportunities in the opening period, but left the ice trailing, 1-0, at the first intermission.
With 43.5 seconds left in the period, Mika Zibanejad redirected defenseman Cody Ceci's point drive past Mason, who had made a spectacular save on Mark Stone's rebound 47 seconds earlier.
"The shot was going three feet wide, and he tipped it in," Mason said.
"We had a good start to this hockey game, but to give up that first goal put us back on our heels," Hakstol said.
Anderson made 10 first-period stops, including six on the Flyers' two power plays.
Two nights after he was slammed into the boards and suffered an apparent shoulder injury, Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, a Cherry Hill native, was back in the lineup - and he set up the game's second goal on a gorgeous two-on-one feed to Mike Hoffman, who made it 2-0 with 18:38 left in the second period. Ryan later added another assist.
Ryan has points in eight straight games (three goals, seven assists), a career best. He is rebounding nicely from a disappointing season.
In 20 games, Ryan has seven goals and 19 points. Last season, he managed just 18 goals - his lowest total in a full NHL season in his career.
"Confidence," he said about his bounce-back season. "Once I hit that wall last year, it kept getting higher and higher, and you keep getting lower and lower. I had three months off to kind of regenerate and have a good summer working out and getting ready for the year."