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Flyers top Oilers, win consecutive games for second time this season

Simmonds gets goal, assist; Elliott makes 24 saves for Philadelphia

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers won consecutive games for the second time this season, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

Jordan Weal, Dale Weise, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia (10-11-7), and Brian Elliott made 24 saves. Claude Giroux had two assists.

"It definitely feels good [to score], definitely the way we played too, it's a pretty complete effort from our team," Weise said. "Getting contributions from everyone, it's going to be huge if we want to keep stringing some wins together. I really liked the way we played the last two games, we made some adjustments through the neutral zone and we're really clogging teams up, they're not coming with as much speed and we're getting out of our zone a little cleaner."


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Philadelphia won 5-2 at the Calgary Flames on Monday to end a 10-game losing streak (0-5-5).

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton (11-15-2), and Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves.

"We can't seem to start two good games in a row, it is setting us back," Draisaitl said. "We always have to come back in games and it takes a lot of energy to do that. I thought we had some good looks in the third, but couldn't capitalize. Credit to them, they played a good game."

Draisaitl scored shorthanded at 3:41 of the second period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. 

Weal tied the game 1-1 on the power play at 8:53. He finished off a passing play in front on a cross-crease feed from Sean Couturier, who had taken a cross-ice pass from Giroux. The goal ended a 12-game goalless streak for Weal. He last scored on Oct. 30 in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Arizona Coyotes.

"That felt good, it's been a long time coming," Weal said. "It's not been for a lack of hard work and creating chances. It's nice when you can get out with special players like that and I was able to find a good spot and [Couturier] made a good play to find me." 

Video: PHI@EDM: Weal finishes pretty passing play for PPG

Weise gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 14:45, shooting between Brossoit's pads from the top of the left face-off circle.

Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse came close to tying the game 10 seconds into the third period, hitting the crossbar with a shot from the slot.

Raffl gave Philadelphia a 3-1 lead at 4:06 of the third on a breakaway.

"It goes both ways, a few minutes after [hitting the crossbar] they get their breakaway and then they scored," Oilers defenseman Matt Benning said. "This is a game of opportunities and whoever converts better will usually win the game. They had a power-play goal and we didn't."

Nugent-Hopkins scored on a rebound in front at 13:20 to make it 3-2.

Edmonton had a power play with 3:43 to go but could not convert. They had one shot on two power-play opportunities. Philadelphia was 1-for-4 on the power play. 

"Our power play was on the ice for four minutes tonight and got one puck to the goalie's pad, that's disappointing," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "Their power play got nine shots in twice that amount of time. They looked dangerous and we didn't."

Forward Connor McDavid, who had the assist on Draisaitl's goal, had the only shot on the power play for Edmonton.

"He's a tough player to contain," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "But I thought, overall, our players did a good job." 

Simmonds scored into an empty net with 39 seconds remaining to make it 4-2.

Video: PHI@EDM: Nugent-Hopkins taps home rebound in front

Goal of the game

Draisaitl's goal at 3:41 of the first period.

Video: PHI@EDM: McDavid feeds Draisaitl for gorgeous SHG


Save of the game 

Elliott's save on McDavid with 2:05 left in the third period.

Video: PHI@EDM: Elliott stones McDavid late in the 3rd

Highlight of the game

Raffl's goal at 4:06 of the third period.

Video: PHI@EDM: Voracek finds Raffl for breakaway goal


They said it

"We talked about it. These aren't our fans out here, we don't have to entertain them, we just have to come away with the two points. We are playing that good road-style hockey. When you have nothing, you have to get it in deep and live to fight another day, and I think our guys are really buying into that right now." -- Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott


"We knew they were a desperate team, they were in a tough spot coming in here. We knew we had to be on our toes to get two points. It was not our best game, we didn't have enough desperation. These are two points that don't come back later. It's tough." -- Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom 


Need to know

Edmonton is 5-10-2 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. … Philadelphia last won at Edmonton on Dec. 28, 2013. … Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has at least a point in eight of his past 10 games (three goals, 10 assists).


What's next

Flyers: At the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV) 


Video: Balanced attack leads Flyers past Oilers, 4-2

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