Flyers 4, Oilers 2 Post Game: Flyers Rig Edmonton’s Oil

Updated: December 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm by Zac DeMedio

Flyers 4 (10-11-7, 27 PTS) @ Oilers 2 (11-15-2, 24 PTS)

Philadelphia swung through Edmonton in their second of a three game Canada trip, picking up their 10th win of the year along the way. The Flyers have won 3 out of their 4 games against teams from Alberta this season. Brian Elliot made 24 saves for Philadelphia, who picked up his 8th victory. Four different Flyers light the lamp as they’ve scored 4+ goals in their past two games.

1ST PERIOD

The first period saw both teams trade chances back and forth throughout the opening twenty minutes, with Philadelphia holding the advantage of shots by 6, 13 to 7. The Flyers had two opportunities to strike on the man advantage against a struggling Oilers penalty kill, but were unable to convert. Both teams headed into their dressing rooms with the game still deadlocked at 0.

2ND PERIOD

Philadelphia was awarded their third power play of the night early in the 2nd period, but it was the other team in orange who opened the scoring. The always dangerous Conor McDavid stripped Sean Couturier along the wall, and was joined by line mate Leon Draisaitl for a 2-on-1. McDavid’s speed took him past Couturier and slid a pass by Shayne Gostisbehere before Draisaitl beat Elliot for his 8th goal and Edmonton’s 4th shorthanded goal of the season.

 

After squandering three earlier chances on the power play, the Flyers weren’t going to allow a fourth chance to fall through their hands. Jordan Weal tied the game 8:53 into the 2nd with his 3rd goal of the year, after a beautiful team passing play. Claude Giroux received a pass on the right point and fired a slap pass down to the left circle to an open Sean Couturier who made amends for his earlier mistake and fed Weal on the doorstep of Laurent Brossoit who had no chance of stopping this puck before it found twine.

The Flyers headed into the final period with a lead after “Dutch Gretzky” Dale Weise beat Brossoit five-hole for his 3rd of the season. The captain was once again involved, as he showed off his determination to win by hustling for a loose puck at the end of a shift and he beat two Oilers to it before finding an open Weise in the high slot. Weise wristed the puck from above the circles and his shot beat Edmonton’s goalie with 5:15 left to play in the 2nd.

3RD PERIOD

The Flyers came out in the 3rd period not looking to sit on their lead like they’ve done in the past, but decided to extend their lead to two goals just over four minutes into the final period. Michael Raffl tallied his 4th of the season on the breakaway to make it it 3-1. A misplaced Oilers pass led to a beardless Jake Voracek picking up the puck along his own blue line before springing a streaking Raffl in alone on Brossoit. Raffl shifted the puck to his forehand before sniping a quick wrister past Brossoit for the two goal lead.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins cut the Flyers lead back down to one with 6:40 to play after a scramble in front before finding the back of the net from Nugent-Hopkins stick. Former Flyer Patrick Maroon found Mike Cammalleri sitting in front of Elliot’s net. Cammalleri got a shot off forcing Elliot into a save, leaving his net wide open. Nugent-Hopkins was first to the puck and buried the rebound for his 11th of the year.

The Oilers piled on the pressure for the remainder of the game, and Brian Elliot came up huge down the stretch with some key saves, and none bigger than his 24th and final save in tight on Milan Lucic. Wayne Simmonds sealed the deal for the visitors with his 9th goal of the season, an empty-netter from the Oilers blue line.

QUICK HITTERS

This was Philadelphia’s first win at Edmonton since December of 2013. Last night’s victory was their first victory at the new Rogers Place, which opened up last season.

Jake Voracek has a point in at least eight of his last ten games, tallying three goals along with ten assists.

Michael Raffl just seems to know how to come up huge in big moments. In 297 career games with the Flyers, he has 14 game winning goals. 25.93% of his goals have been the game winning goal.

NEXT GAME

Flyers @ Vancouver: 12/7/2017 @ 10:00 P.M.

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