PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tommy Salo made his first shutout of the season look
Salo stopped 26 shots for his 35th career shutout and 200th NHL win in the
Edmonton Oilers' 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
"Sometimes the puck hits you and sometimes it doesn't, and tonight was one
of those nights," Salo said. "I saw most of the shots and the guys played
really well in front of me. We took care of rebounds and got great defense."
Mike York had a goal and an assist, and Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcoff also
scored for the Oilers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
"We're out of the playoffs right now," Salo said. "We have to get going
in the second half and try to make sure we catch the other teams."
Edmonton is last in the Northwest Division, four points behind Nashville and
Los Angeles, who are tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock questioned the Flyers' effort.
"It's very frustrating to the coaching staff when you need people to pay
the price," Hitchcock said. "Some guys are just quite frankly not doing it
and that is disappointing."
Philadelphia is 0-3-1 in its last four games and has been held to one goal
or less in three of those.
"We were outworked and outplayed," said Mike Comrie, who played in his
eighth game of the season after coming over from the Oilers in a trade. "Being
a professional, you have to play through things and worry about only trying to
get a win."
Salo's best save came midway through the second period when he made a
diving, sprawling stop of a shot by Michal Handzus on a power play. He was also
brilliant early in the game, stopping five of the Flyers' first seven shots
from point-blank range.
"Salo played terrifically tonight in his 500th game," Edmonton coach Craig
Salo has started eight of the Oilers' last nine games since returning from a
"Tommy didn't get a lot of shots early, but they were one-on-one
confrontations with the goalie," MacTavish said. "So he had to make some big
saves for us early to keep it scoreless."
MacTavish said that it was one of the Oilers' best overall games of the
"I thought we checked as well as we checked all year long," he said.
Torres put the Oilers ahead 1-0 at with five minutes left in the first
period. Edmonton came down on a 3-on-2 rush and Torres redirected a cross-ice
pass from York into the goal.
Horcoff picked up a loose puck and flipped it past Robert Esche at 11:36 of
the third period to make it 2-0. York scored on a deflection 4:03 later.
The Oilers entered last in the league in penalty killing, having stopped
just 44 of opponents' 189 opportunities, but stopped all five of Philadelphia's
power plays -- including a pair of two-man advantages spanning 3:24. The Flyers
came in with the league's top power play.