Ilya Bryzgalov failed in the shootout yet again in his career, but this time it’s a good thing for the Philadelphia Flyers, as the Orange and Black grabbed two points in a 4-3 decision against the Edmonton Oilers on the road. Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl beat Bryzgalov in the shootout, while Wayne Simmonds recorded another multi-goal performance. The captain and Jakub Voracek each provided two-assist games, while Taylor Hall had the lone multi-point performance for the Oilers in the loss. Steve Mason stopped 13 of 16 for the win, while Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots in the loss.
The shootout began with a Jordan Eberle attempt that beat Mason’s blocker and was answered by a Vincent Lecavalier shot that was gloved away by Bryzgalov. Both David Perron and Giroux produced five-hole attempts in the second round, but Giroux was the only player to pot a goal to even the shootout at 1-1. In the final round, Sam Gagner missed the net while Raffl was able to drop Bryzgalov to the ice before dancing his way to the side and roofing a shot to grab Philly the additional point.
It wasn’t an easy win for the Flyers, but the squad ended a five-game road losing streak after they fell behind 2-0 in the game’s first 4:02 of action. The Orange and Black dominated play for the final 45 minutes of competition, as they outshot Edmonton 27-8 after the first period and outscored the Oilers 3-1.
Along with fighting off their road struggles, the Flyers converted on three power plays for all of their goals in regulation. With the exception of a weird deflection off of Nicklas Grossmann in front of Mason, the Flyers’ penalty kill was nearly perfect, as they denied four of the Oilers’ five power plays on the evening.
The tilt didn’t start like the Flyers planned, as Hall stole a Braydon Coburn cross-ice pass in the opening minute and beat Mason glove side from in close to make it 1-0 Edmonton. After Hall’s 15th of the year came 32 seconds into the tilt, Ryan-Nugent Hopkins scored his 10th of the season 3:30 later, as the forward made a nice move on Mark Streit at the blue line and beat Mason’s blocker on an attempt from the circles.
Although the Oilers stopped scoring in the first period, the Flyers still struggled, as the trio of Grossmann, Zac Rinaldo, and Streit each enjoyed time in the sin bin to put Edmonton on three separate power plays. Luckily for Philadelphia, the penalty kill denied the Oilers from finding the back of the net for a third time in the opening frame, as the visitors managed to outshoot the Oilers 11-8.
The Flyers responded in the second period by outshooting the Oilers 14-3 and tying the game with a pair of power-play goals from Simmonds. With Andrew Ference in the box for hooking, a Giroux blast from the circle to Bryzgalov’s right hit Simmonds in front and found the back of the cage. Less than nine minutes later, Scott Hartnell sent a puck from the slot to Voracek in the corner to Bryzgalov’s left before the former Columbus Blue Jacket set Simmonds up for a dunk in front, as Bryzgalov flopped on the ice in a save attempt that came nowhere near the puck.
The Oilers produced a power-play goal of their own late in the tilt to regain the lead, as Perron banked a shot off of Grossmann in the crease to put home his 16th of the season. The former St. Louis Blue made it a one-goal game with 8:08 left in regulation.
Penalties from Ales Hemsky and Jeff Petry 34 seconds apart put the Flyers on a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:26, which the visitors were able to take advantage of to tie the game again. Hartnell managed to deflect a Kimmo Timonen shot from the point for his seventh goal of the season to make it 3-3 with 5:32 left in the game.
The Flyers look to win their third straight game in their second tilt of their six-game road trip on Monday, as they take on the Vancouver Canucks.
Notes: With another two-goal game, Simmonds became the fourth Flyer in franchise history to record three straight multi-goal games. He has scored a goal in four of his last five games and has seven goals and two assists on his five-game point streak…With two assists, Giroux extended his point streak to eight games. He has five goals and 10 assists during that streak…With two assists in the win, Voracek extended his point streak to nine games. He has six goals and nine assists during his point streak…Mason has won his last four starts and has won five of his last six. The Flyers are 5-0-2 in Mason’s last seven decisions …Hartnell’s goal during the 5-on-3 power play was the Flyers’ first two-man advantage goal of the season…Tonight was the first time all season the Flyers allowed more than one goal against in the first period…With his power-play goal tonight, Perron now has 100 NHL goals in his career…With his assist on Nugent-Hopkins’ goal, Hall now has 100 assists in the NHL…With the secondary assist on Nugent-Hopkins’ goal tonight, Ference now has 200 points in the NHL…Flyers improved to 2-0-0 against the Oilers this season. They are now 5-6-1 against the Western Conference and 2-3-0 against the Pacific Division…The Flyers improved to 18-16-4. They were 17-18-3 after 38 games last season.