Neuvirth’s 45 saves not enough, as Flyers suffer fifth straight loss, falling 4-2 to Oilers

Updated: November 4, 2015 at 1:37 am by Brady Trettenero

5 straight losses.

Scott Laughton and Ryan White scored, but it wasn’t enough, as the Philadelphia Flyers dropped their fifth straight game Tuesday, falling 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of goals for Edmonton, who dominated the Flyers, outshooting them 49-22.

Michal Neuvirth was exceptional in goal for Philadelphia, turning away 45 of 18 shots. The Flyers came out of the gate lifeless, getting outshot 19-2 in the opening frame.

After a bounce-back second period in which the Flyers grabbed a 2-1 lead, the Oilers used a dominant third period to take control of the game and charge to a 4-2 victory.

The Flyers, who were outshot 19-2 in the first period, came out flying in the second period, with Scott Laughton capitalizing just 34 seconds into the frame.

Laughton worked the puck down low, before getting it to Matt Read in tight. Read’s chance was turned away by Oilers’ goaltender Anders Nilsson, but Laughton followed up and put home the rebound to knot the game at one.

The Flyers added another goal later in the period, courtesy of Ryan White. White came down the sidewall and wired a slapshot that squeezed it’s way past Nilsson to put the Flyers up 2-1.

While the Flyers carried a 2-1 lead entering the third period, it didn’t take long for Edmonton to take over.

Goals from Matt Hendricks and Hall in the first 7:40 of the final period put the Oilers up 3-2 — a deficit the Flyers couldn’t recover from.

Nugent-Hopkins added an empty-netter for the Oilers in a period in which they outshot the visitors 13-7.

Rookie sensation Connor McDavid left the game in the second period following a play in the offesnive zone in which he crashed into the boards alongside Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning.

McDavid skated off the ice holding his left shoulder and did not return.

With the loss, the Flyers fall to 5-5-2 on the season.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • In his last four starts, goaltender Michal Neuvirth has stopped 139 of 145 shots (.959 save percentage)
  • The shot attempts in the game were 85 for Edmonton, 37 for Philadelphia. Ugly
  • With Radko Gudas picking up an assist, Brandon Manning is the only Flyer without a point this season
  • Scott Laughton had a very strong game, scoring and leading all Flyers with five shots on goal. He now has five points in 12 games on the season
  • Another night without a point for Jakub Voracek. He fired just two shots on goal and continues to struggle in the first part of the season. Jake has just four assists on the year
  • The 49 shots allowed by the Flyers were a season high

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFs from the game)

Scott Laughton ties the game

Ryan White puts Flyers up 2-1


Neuvirth doing his thing




McDavid injured


(The best tweets sent out during the game)

Tough break

That’s one way to play a first period

Brick Wall

The Phenom

Ryan White puts the Flyers up 2-1

Hoping for the best

Yep, Flyers could use him

5 straight losses

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

How you doing?

(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

That look…

(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Flyers hero

(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Next Up: Flyers vs. Flames, Thursday November 5, 9:00 EST, Scotiabank Saddledome

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