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Fly-by: Oilers 2, Flyers 0

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


BLANKED IN ALBERTA
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Edmonton Oilers won their second game in a row, topping the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 on Thursday.

Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist and Taylor Hall also scored for the Oilers (24-30-6), who have the second-worst record in the NHL.

The Flyers (33-20-7) missed a chance to pull into second place in the Eastern Conference.

Edmonton broke the deadlock on a power play at 3:26 of the second. Hall was able to find an inch to squeeze the puck between the post and Ilya Bryzgalov's skate for his 22nd of the season and a 1-0 Oilers lead.

Edmonton went up 2-0 at 8:04 of the second as Eberle picked up a loose puck and sent a shot from the slot that bounced off Bryzgalov's inside pad before trickling across the goal line.


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The Flyers held the Oilers off the scoreboard in the first period after allowing at least one first period goal in five consecutive games.
 
Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds both played their 300th career NHL game tonight.
 
The Flyers haven’t scored a goal in Edmonton since October 6, 2007.  The last Flyer to score at Rexall Place was Simon Gagne at 18:11 of the second period in a 5-3 loss.   It’s the third time in the last seven games between the clubs (dating back to January 2004) that the Flyers have been shut out.
 
The shutout was the third of Devan Dubnyk’s career.  The shutout in 2010 came at the hands of Jeff Deslauriers, and was just his second career shutout at the time.
 
Tonight’s penalty shot was the first that Ilya Bryzgalov has faced as a Flyer.  Sergei Bobrovsky had been in net for the last four penalty shots against the Flyers.  It was the first time the Oilers have ever had a penalty shot against the Flyers.
 


"You'd like to think this serves as a wake-up call because we're in a playoff race. Tonight is unacceptable."
- Peter Laviolette

"There are no easy points and no easy games [in this League]... Even though they're out of the playoff race, they're a team that has a lot of youth, but those players are really skilled and can hurt you if you don't play the right way."
- Scott Hartnell
Tonight's turning point came seconds after the Oilers tallied their first goal.

The ensuing faceoff that followed after Taylor Hall scored a goal on the power play, Brayden Schenn went in all alone on Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who kept the 1-0 lead in tact.

The Oilers would add another goal five minutes later in the period for a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. The Flyers would out-shoot the Oilers, 15-6 in the third, but failed to convert resulting in the 2-0 loss.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Jody Shelley drops the gloves in the 1st period with Darcy Hordichuk.  

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