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POSTGAME 5: Not Their Night

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers had zero puck luck, hit a hot goaltender and then unraveled a bit in the third period en route to a 4-0 loss to the Oilers. The Flyers got a taste of Connor McDavid’s speed on Edmonton’s first goal when the rookie picked up a puck at center ice and in just a few strides was out of reach of the Flyers’ defense as he went in on goal. Michal Neuvirth stopped the initial shot from McDavid, but couldn’t keep out Nail Yakupov on the rebound with 9:40 left in the first. Otherwise the Flyers weathered the storm of a very strong Oilers first period. But Edmonton then picked up two goals in the span of 1:49 in the second period, one from Taylor Hall and one from Patrick Maroon, before Lauri Korpikowski put home a shorthanded goal with 8:01 left in the third to end the scoring. The Flyers had 35 shots on goal and 83 total shot attempts, including three that hit goalposts, but could not get anything past Cam Talbot. Neuvirth absorbed the loss with 27 saves on 31 shots. 

The Flyers had a dominant start to the second period, but pucks just seemed to bounce away from them in the areas where it mattered most. Meanwhile, the Oilers were able to take advantage of the few chances that were presented to them in that timeframe and scored twice in the span of 1:49 to change the complexion of the game. First it was an Oiler lifting Shayne Gostisbehere’s stick to spring Taylor Hall on a breakaway, which he converted with 5:38 to play in the period; then with 3:49 to go, Patrick Maroon had his own shot bounce right back to him and he knocked it past Neuvirth to make it a 3-0 game.

1. Cam Talbot: Turned aside everything that came his way for his third career shutout against the Flyers and his 10th overall.

2. Taylor Hall: His breakaway goal quelled the momentum the Flyers had developed over the first half of the second period. He recorded three shots and six total attempts.

3. Adam Pardy: Recorded an assist, five blocked shots and was plus-3.

The Flyers were outshot 12-3 over the first 15:47 of the game, and then outshot the Oilers 15-3 over the next 15:32 – the rest of the first period and the first 11:19 of the second period… The Flyers had a three-game winning streak come to an end. They are now 3-1 through the first four games of this six-game homestand… The Flyers were shut out by Edmonton for just the fifth time in their history and for just the second time in Philadelphia. The last time was Feb. 23, 2012 at EDM (2-0 L) and the last time at home was January 10, 2004 (3-0 L)… The Flyers lost both games to the Oilers this season, marking the first time since 1993-94 that they went without a point against the Oilers in a season where they played them more than once. They were 0-2-0 against Edmonton that year… Michal Neuvirth allowed four goals in a game for just the second time this season… The Flyers were 0-for-7 on the power play, marking just the second time in their last 12 home games they have not recorded a power play goal. The seven opportunities tie for the most they’ve had this season, joining a 1-for-7 night against Anaheim on Feb. 9. The last time the Flyers had seven or more power play opportunities in a game and did not score a power play goal was October 8, 2011 when they were 0-for-8 in a 3-0 win at New Jersey. The last time it happened in a home game was December 21, 2009 in a 4-1 loss to Florida… Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux led the Flyers with six shots apiece. Radko Gudas led the Flyers with 14 total shot attempts; Gudas had eight shots blocked on the game and also recorded six hits… The Flyers had 83 shot attempts to Edmonton’s 49. The Oilers blocked 28 Flyer shots, and an additional 20 Flyer shot attempts missed the net. Three of them hit goalposts.

“Some nights you get the breaks and you get maybe a lucky bounce and some nights you don’t. I think that tonight it was the second period. I thought we deserved better. I thought we had a lot of action, a lot offensive zone time and played pretty good hockey. But then on the other hand they scored two goals and we got none. Frustrating but you know it’s one of those nights and we got to stay positive. Still a lot of hockey to be played. Still a lot of games and tomorrow’s a new day and Saturday obviously a new big game coming up.”

(Mark Streit)

We’re not going to walk out of the locker room and just shrug it off, competitive nature doesn’t allow that to happen. By tomorrow morning it’s got to be in the back of our minds and put away and we have to move on to the next game.”

(Dave Hakstol)

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