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Moreau leads Oilers past Flyers

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Mike Morrison came up with another solid performance for his fifth win of the season. Starting his first game since a 3-2 setback against the Colorado Avalanche ten days ago, Morrison picked up right where he left off and was sturdy if not spectacular between the pipes.

Jani Rita's hard work paid off in the opening period as he suited up for the first time in 10 games. On one particular play, Rita cut into the Flyers zone, drew the defender towards him and then spun and backhanded the puck to Stoll in the slot. Stoll couldn't convert but it drew a power play for the Oilers.

Late in the period, Ethan Moreau scored a shorthanded goal to put the Oilers ahead 1-0. Moreau created a turnover at his own blueline and then broke in alone on the Flyers goal. His initital shot slipped under the pad of Niittymaki and rang off the post. Moreau then skated in and banged home his own rebound.

Morrison then came up big at the other end of the ice, turning aside a close-in chance from the Flyers.

Shots on goal were 14-11 for Philadelphia after one period.

The Flyers almost tied it early in the second on a rush by R.J. Umberger and Mike Knuble. Knuble cleared it through the goalmouth but Jason Smith cleared it before any harm could be done.

However, the Flyers continued to press and eventually evened it up. Turner Stevenson fed Branko Radivojevic at the right faceoff circle and he fired it low past Morrison.

On the power play, the Oilers clicked to take a 2-1 lead. Ales Hemsky danced around a Flyers defender before feeding Staios at the point, Staios blasted it and Smyth tipped it over to Stoll who backhanded it easily into the open net.

The Oilers continued to carry the play, eventually leading to the team's second shorthanded goal of the night. Ethan Moreau beat Freddy Meyer in a race to the puck after Stoll cleared it out of the Oilers zone and lifted it over Niittymaki to give the Oilers a 3-1 advantage. The shorthanded marker was Moreau's second of the game.

Shots in the second were 14-10 Flyers and 28-21 overall for the evening after two.

Philadelphia drew back within a goal early in the third period. While on the power play, Sami Kapanen cradled the puck in the right faceoff circle and wristed a screened shot past Morrison for his first of the season.

The Flyers had a shorthanded chance midway through the third but Steve Staios managed to impede Simon Gagne's progress enough to limit the damage to a weak backhander from the high slot that Morrison turned aside.

With 1:16 left in the third, Ales Hemsky took a hooking penalty behind the Oilers net to give Philadelphia a late power play but Edmonton was able to kill it off.

The Flyers only managed four shots on goal in the final frame as the Oilers defence clamped down.

NOTES: Jani Rita drew into the lineup for the first time in 10 games, playing with Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres... The Flyers hadn't given up a shorthanded goal all season before Moreau's pair tonight... The win was Edmonton's third straight in Philadelphia and 10th in their 26-year history... Ethan Moreau's two shorthanded goals tied a team record that had been set six times before, most recently in 1991 by Mark Messier... Oilers defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron had 27:43 of ice-time and had a +2 rating.
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