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Flyers rally to defeat Oilers for seventh straight win

Patrick scores 2:01 into overtime, Philadelphia has four power-play goals

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Patrick's top-shelf OT winner

EDM@PHI: Patrick goes top shelf for overtime winner

James van Riemsdyk pokes the puck in the slot to Nolan Patrick, who lifts it home to give the Flyers a 5-4 win in overtime

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PHILADELPHIA -- Nolan Patrick scored 2:01 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers won their seventh straight game with a 5-4 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Patrick took a pass from James van Riemsdyk on right side of the Edmonton zone and scored his 10th of the season.
The goal came after Patrick was stopped by Oilers goalie Cam Talbot in close with 12 seconds left in the third period, and then shot the rebound over the net.

"That one I missed, that stick's not around anymore," Patrick said. "Pretty frustrating missing that one. Felt nice to win it in overtime."

 

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Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists, and Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist for the Flyers (23-23-6). Travis Konecny and Wayne Simmonds scored, Jakub Voracek had three assists, and Carter Hart made 40 saves. Philadelphia scored four times on the power play.

Video: EDM@PHI: Couturier finishes nice tic-tac-toe for PPG

It is the longest winning streak for the Flyers since they won 10 straight from Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2016.

"Right now we're a confident team and it shows in how we handle ourselves throughout the game," Couturier said.

Connor McDavid scored his 30th goal and had an assist for Edmonton (23-24-4), which lost its fourth straight game (0-3-1). Zack Kassian had a goal and an assist, and Ty Rattie and Adam Larsson scored. Cam Talbot made 34 saves.

"Found a way to get a point, there's a lot of things we can build off, especially 5-on-5," Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse said. "But as a penalty killer myself can't be letting the guys down by giving up four."

Kassian put the Oilers ahead 4-2 with a shorthanded goal at 4:07 of the third period, but the Flyers scored twice on the power play tie it, Konecny at 4:34 to make it 4-3, and Simmonds at 11:02 for a 4-4 tie.

Philadelphia entered Saturday 29th in the NHL on the power play at 14.1 percent but scored four with the man-advantage for the first time since Dec. 13, 2008, after going 2-for-2 in their 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

"We're starting to get a few bounces and they're coming to us and we're bearing down and putting them in," Simmonds said. "It's now winning games as opposed to losing us games."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Patrick wins it for Flyers

Coach Ken Hitchcock liked how the Oilers played in their first game after their mandatory five-day break following the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, but the penalty kill and discipline need to be better.

"You win at this time of the year when you kill penalties," he said. "You have to be able to do it if you're going to win hockey games the last half of the season and we haven't been able to do it for a little while, not to the level that you have to be if you're going to be good at it." 

Couturier scored on the power play for the Flyers at 3:10 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Rattie made it 1-1 with a breakaway goal at 8:03.

McDavid put the Oilers ahead 2-1 with 2:27 remaining in the first. He split two Flyers to exit his zone and then held off three players to snap a shot past Hart from the left side. It's the third straight season McDavid has had at least 30 goals.

Video: EDM@PHI: McDavid holds off defenders for 30th goal

Larsson put the Oilers ahead 3-1 at 8:19 of the second period with a shot from the left side. It came on the one-year anniversary of the death of his father, Robert.

Giroux scored on the power play at 16:54 of the second to make it 3-2.

 

They said it

"Got to have a short memory, take the point and move on. Should have been two (points)." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid

 

"It helps when you know that your goalie can go steal a game. All you've got to do is keep believing. He gives us that confidence up front, just keep battling and whatever happens keep trying to score some goals." -- Flyers forward Sean Couturier, on goalie Carter Hart

 

Need to know

McDavid has three goals and two assists in two games against the Flyers this season. He had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 Oilers win Dec. 14. ... Hart won his sixth straight game. The 20-year-old is the sixth goalie to have a win streak of at least six games before his 21st birthday, and the first since Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens won seven in a row from March 20-April 5, 2008. The NHL record is eight by Jocelyn Thibault of the Quebec Nordiques from March 6-26, 1995.

 

What's next:

Oilers: At the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday (2 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, ESPN+, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, NBCSP, SNP, ESPN+, NHL.TV)

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