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POSTGAME 5: Bested in the West

Voracek's three-point night not enough as Flyers end Western Canada trip with 6-3 loss to Oilers

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
A long stretch of dominant first-period and early second hockey produced only a single goal for the Philadelphia Flyers and they subsequently got buried under a deluge of Edmonton Oilers goals in a 6-3 loss at Rogers Place on Wednesday night.  

Connor McDavid led the assault with a five-point outburst and Leon Draisaitl had a pair of goals and three points, while Jakub Voracek posted two goals and an assist in the loss. 

Carter Hart lasted the first 34:32 of the game, yielding four goals on 14 shots before he was pulled in favor of Brian Elliott (6 saves on 8 shots). Mikko Koskinen earned the win, denying 49 of 52 Flyers shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Connor McDavid (1g-4a)
2nd: Mikko Koskinen (49 saves)
3rd: Leon Draisaitl (2g-1a)

TURNING POINT
The ice was tilted in the Flyers' favor for the first 12 minutes of the second period, as Philly had one high-quality scoring chance after another with a chance to tie the game at 2-2. McDavid easily beat Justin Braun in a foot-race to get to a high flip by Kris Russell, avoided an unsuccessful poke-check attempt by Hart, and scored. That tally ripped open the floodgates for the Oilers.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* For the second straight night, the Flyers started out hemmed in their own zone and turning pucks over. On the second shift of the game, it bit them. An Oskar Lindblom turnover off the left wall to Connor McDavid rapidly turned into a Leon Draisaitl goal from the right dot against loose coverage by Travis Sanheim.

* The Flyers generated good puck movement, but couldn't get shots through on their first power play. On their second, Claude Giroux appeared to shoot for a rebound from the right circle, and the puck went right to Voracek on the left side. He buried it to get off the goals and points schneid for the early season.Video: PHI@EDM: Voracek buries dish for second PPG of game

* The Flyers utterly dominated puck possession and Grade A scoring chances over the first 12 minutes of the second period. Unfortunately, it went for naught. McDavid's blazing speed and quick hands made it a 3-1 game. Then a fortuitous bounce on a broken play ended up on Nugent-Hopkins' stick and he went bar down from inside the dot for a power play goal than made it 4-1 game and chased Hart from the net.

* Buried in a cavernous hole, the Flyers generated a lot of pressure again at the start of the third period. Again, they couldn't finish... Stymied on Saturday and up to that point, Lindblom deflected home a Voracek shot from up high.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers outshot the Oilers by 30 shots 52-22, including 25-4 in the third period... It's the most shots the Flyers have ever had in a game against Edmonton, eclipsing the previous high of 48 done twice (2/9/84, 12/31/85).

* The Flyers power play went 2-for-6 tonight, giving them at least one power-play goal in four of their first five games.

* Travis Konecny's four-game assist and point streak ended tonight, while Oskar Lindblom scored to give him points in four of his last five games.

* The Flyers concluded their Western Canada trip with a 0-2-1 record, and will return home with a 2-2-1 mark on the season to face the Dallas Stars on Saturday (7pm, NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Braun, Giroux and Hart following loss Video: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to EDM

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