PHILADELPHIA, PA -
The Philadelphia Flyers scored twice in the opening period and carried that momentum to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.
David Perron and Sam Gagner scored for the Oilers while Claude Giroux, — with his first of the season — Vincent Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell and Jay Rosehill tallied for the host Flyers.
"I thought we started well first ten minutes into the game and then there was a penalty . They had some really good time in our end and some really good chances. Dubnyk made a lot of big stops tonight. In the past couple of games we haven’t been giving up those kinds of shots," said Taylor Hall in his assessment of the game. "Something we have to clean up is there is a little bit of a disruption between what we’re doing in our own end. As far as that goes it’s pretty hard to score when you’re in your own end. We’ve got to figure out what’s wrong there and then from there it’s getting the puck into the oppositions end. And figuring something out there."
Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins concurred.
"We were out-battled along the walls and outsized. We spent too much time in our zone," he said.
The Oilers started out really well, outshooting the Flyers 7-2 through the game’s opening eight minutes.
Edmonton's best chance in the early going was on a nice two-way passing play between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Philip Larsen. RNH dished it to Larsen low in the Flyers zone and Larsen's backhand was stopped by Philly starting goaltender Steve Mason.
At the 7:20 mark, Anton Belov got two minutes for interference to give Philadelphia the game's first power play. The Flyers managed four shots on the power play but could not convert. They did use the strong man advantage to gain some momentum, however.
Just past the opening period’s midway point, Braydon Coburn rang a shot off the post behind Dubnyk on a wrister from the right circle and less than two minutes later, the Flyers struck for the game’s first goal.
From the slot, Jay Rosehill redirected a pass from the point by Mark Streit past Devan Dubnyk to put the Flyers on the board 1-0.
Philadelphia extended its lead to two goals with 2:44 left to play in the opening frame after Streit found Hartnell in the slot with a pass from the side boards. Hartnell made no mistake, wiring it by Dubnyk to make it 2-0 for the home side.
Shots on goal after one period were 13-10 for Philadelphia.
Oilers had a pair of power plays early in the second period but were unable to accomplish much.
Wayne Simmonds got sent off for hooking Andrew Ference and just as that penalty expired, Philadelphia received another penalty. Zac Rinaldo got sent off for roughing.
Dubnyk makes a nice save on Adam Hall on a quick wrist shot from the slot as the Flyers had a great chance shorthanded. Edmonton did not have a shot on goal during that man advantage.
Several minutes later, the Oilers skate up the ice on a three-on-one. Hemsky's slap shot from the right circle went wide.
Tempers flared in the corner of the Oilers zone with eight minutes to play in the middle frame as everyone on the ice engaged in some pushing and shoving. Rosehill and Luke Gazdic were sent to the box to set up some four-on-four hockey.
As soon as Gazdic and Rosehill came out of the box, fists started flying. The two combatants had a spirited bout where neither player really had the edge.
With 3:08 to play in the second, a hooking penalty on Adam Hall puts Edmonton back on the power play for the third time in the period and this time the Oilers were able to convert.
With time winding down in the penalty, Hemsky skated the puck behind the net before feeding it to David Perron. Perron's shot beat Mason along the ice to draw the Oilers to within one.
Eight minutes into the third period, Belov drilled Giroux shoulder-to-shoulder but the officials saw it differently, assessing a match penalty to Belov for head contact. That gave Philadelphia a five-minute power play. That man advantage was negated by a penalty to Simmonds, but the Flyers managed to score four-on-four.
Giroux took advantage of an Oilers turnover and skated up ice with the puck. His wrist shot from the left circle beat Dubnyk high for his first goal of the season.
"At first from the bench I didn't even think he hit him," Eakins said of the Belov play. "I saw he made contact. I'll let you guys decide what he made contact with."
Several minutes later, the Oilers got that goal back. Sam Gagner's centering pass was picked up by Taylor Hall and Hall rifled it past Mason to make it a one-goal game but that was as close as the Oilers would get.
Gagner received a boarding penalty after hammering Nicklas Grossmann in the corner of the Flyers zone with just over five minutes to go and right after that penalty expired, Vincent Lecavalier lifted the puck just under the crossbar while stationed on the goal line to make it 4-2. NOTES:
The Oilers announced in the third period that Luke Gazdic (shoulder injury) would not return to the game.