OTTAWA – Mike Knuble scored twice and Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

Jeff Carter and Jon Sim also scored for Philadelphia. Peter Forsberg and defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen each had two assists.

Zdeno Chara scored twice and assisted on Wade Redden’s goal for Northeast Division-leading Ottawa, which won 8-0 in Toronto one night earlier.

Philadelphia, which blew an early 2-0 lead, went back ahead on a power-play 14:52 into the second when Knuble was credited with his fifth goal of the season. The Flyers went up 3-2 as Eric Desjardins’ point shot struck Knuble after it deflected off Senators forward Chris Kelly on its way past goalie Dominik Hasek and into the net.

Sim scored Philadelphia’s third power-play goal of the game at 19:40 of the second period to make it 4-2. Knuble made it a three-goal lead 1:14 into the third.

Hasek, who recorded his second shutout of the season against the Maple Leafs, lost for just the second time in eight starts as the Senators suffered their first loss in five home games.

Carter opened the scoring at 9:20 of the first period and Gagne made it 2-0 at 14:52, just eight seconds after Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson was sent off for hooking.

Chara drew the Senators within 2-1 with a power-play goal at 17:37.

The 6-foot-9 defenseman tied it with a similar effort 7:16 into the second. He got his third point of the game as Ottawa drew to within two midway through the third, combining with Alfredsson to set up Redden’s fifth of the season on a power play at 9:58.

Notes: Flyers D Kim Johnsson did not return after leaving the game because of a left groin strain in the first. … Forsberg has 17 assists and 19 points, both team highs. … C R.J. Umberger made his NHL debut for Philadelphia. The Pittsburgh native was recalled from the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL earlier in the day. … Senators RW Dany Heatley, who tied a team record with four goals Saturday, assisted on Chara’s first goal to extend his points streak to 10 games. … Flyers captain Keith Primeau did not play. Primeau was injured in Tuesday’s loss in Montreal, but did play in Philadelphia’s 8-6 defeat to Carolina on Friday.

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