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POSTGAME 5: Flyers Drop Oilers

Simmonds tallies game-winner as Flyers edge Oilers, 2-1

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers took a 1-1 tie into the third period and Wayne Simmonds once again provided the heroics with the game-winning goal late in regulation to give the Flyers a 2-1 victory over the visiting Oilers in a Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers opened the scoring with a power-play goal from Claude Giroux early in the first period and took that lead into the dressing room, but the Oilers countered off a goal from former Flyer, Patrick Maroon, with a little less than five minutes remaining in the second to leave the game deadlocked after 40 minutes.

The game turned into a playoff-like battle that saw only 13 combined shots, tight checking and whichever team capitalized on the first opportunity, would end of being the winner. 

Jori Lehtera carried the puck into the zone and dropped it to countryman, Valtteri Filppula who sent a nice shovel pass to Simmonds. Simmonds fired it just under the glove of Cam Talbot to break the tie with less than three minutes left in the game.

Brian Elliott turned in 23 saves for his fourth win as a Flyer, while Talbot had one less save, stopping 22 of 24 in the loss.

2. TURNING POINT
Today's turning point came at a crucial point in the third period when the Flyers found themselves in a tied situation and facing an Oilers power play with Connor McDavid on the ice. 

Mark Letestu fired a one-timer from the left point and Andrew MacDonald provided the block on the shot that temporarily injured him. Not only did MacDonald stay on the ice in obvious pain, he regrouped to break up a golden opportunity in the crease from Milan Lucic and then ended the threat by clearing the puck out of the zone.

3. THREE STARS

1. Wayne Simmonds: Recorded his team-leading sixth goal, as well as NHL-leading fourth game-winning goal. Video: EDM@PHI: Simmonds rips go-ahead goal past Talbot

2. Claude Giroux: Recorded his fifth goal of the season, his best start in terms of goals since the 2011-12 season when he have five goals in six games.

3. Patrick Maroon: Scored the lone Edmonton goal on a one-man effort; stealing the puck from the corner, driving to the net and firing a side-angle shot past Elliott.

4. STATS & STORYLINES

RIC FLAIR ROBE OF THE GAME: Jori Lehtera got the player awarded "Ric Flair Robe" as the honored Flyer of the game. As tradition, it was awarded by previous winner - Michal Neuvirth.

DROUGHT ENDS QUICKLY: Giroux ended the notion of a second straight Flyers shutout with a power-play goal 3:36 into the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead… The Flyers have now won all five games in which they have scored the first goal and didn't trail at any point in the game.The Oilers on the other hand, have now allowed the first goal in five straight games and still have not led a game in the last 357:09 - since early in the first period of their second game of the season.Video: EDM@PHI: Giroux roofs a PPG to open the scoring

SHARP IN THE SECOND: Despite allowing a goal, Brian Elliott was at his best in the second period, stopping scoring chance after scoring chance when the Oilers were really pressing and had the Flyers on their heels. All told, Elliott stopped 10 of 11 shots in the period, and then held the line in the third period when Edmonton had a power play with under 10 minutes to go.

TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM: Defenseman Andrew MacDonald was the unsung hero of the game with a key blocked shot and killing the Oilers momentum on a late power-play in the third… MacDonald registered three shots on goal and led the Flyers with six blocked shots.

"Yeah, those are the sacrifices you got to make. Mac is one of the best in blocking shots. So kudos to him and I think the PK was good all game." - Jake Voracek

SHUT DOWN BY COMMITTEE: For a majority of the game, the Flyers used two lines to shut down superstar Connor McDavid. Known for his defensive play it's not a surprise that Sean Couturier took matchup shifts against McDavid, but center Scott Laughton also took his fair share of shifts with the same task in mind.

"Yeah, I mean kinda a group effort tonight on him, but thought we played pretty hard, little let down in the second but came back in the third and Phil made a great play. He's special, I mean he's so quick and dynamic and made so many plays, so felt good to get that win," added Laughton.

McDavid was held off the scoresheet for just the second time this season as the Flyers snapped his four-game point streak.

5. THEY SAID IT

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