Flyers were looking to get back into the win column today versus Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers after losing a close 1-0 game vs the Predators just a couple of days ago. Flyers were 4-3-0 heading into the game. Brian Elliott started in net and he saved 23 out of 24 shots. Taylor Leier did not play and is considered to be day-to-day with a upper-body-injury. Matt Read took his place on the 4th line.
The captain Claude Giroux kicked things off early in the first when Flyers had a powerplay. Wayne Simmonds tried to deflect the puck on net but it ended up being a perfect pass to a waiting Giroux who made no mistake. Shayne Gostisbehere got the secondary assist.
Flyers 4th line center Scott Laughton was matched up with McDavid for a big part of the game and did a great job along with the rest of the team when they managed to keep arguably the best player in the world off the scoresheet. Laughton managed to frustrate more players than just McDavid and Milan Lucic decided to take matters into his own hands with a dirty hit from behind.
Patrick Maroon scored for Oilers in the 2nd period after he won a puckbattle against Nolan Patrick and later beat Elliott with a relatively weak shot between the legs.
It was just over 2 minutes left of the third period when Wayne Simmonds broke through and scored on a beautiful setup by Valtteri Filppula. This was Simmonds team-leading sixth goal of the season which was also his 4th(!) game-winning goal. Jori Lehterä got the secondary assist.
Stars of the game
Wayne Simmonds – assisted on the early 1-0 goal by Giroux, and later scored the game-winning goal. Simmonds leads by example on a daily basis and tonight was no different. He now has 6 goals and 9 points in 8 games. Everybody on the Waynetrain!
Claude Giroux – is looking to bounce back after a mediocre season scoring just 58 points in 82 games. So far this year he has been a completely different player and scored his 5th goal of the young season. Last year it took him 24 games to score 5 goals. This year it took only 8.
Patrick Maroon – scored the only Oilers goal after stealing the puck from Nolan Patrick and then scoring fivehole on Brian Elliott.
Tuesday the 24th October vs the Anaheim Ducks. Puckdrop is at 7:00PM ET at the Wells Fargo Center.