EDMONTON, AB -
The Oilers and Flyers battled back and forth with Philadelphia coming back to tie the Oilers twice before eventually defeating them 4-3 in a shootout at Rexall Place on Saturday night.
"I thought we came out well. I thought Philadelphia was sluggish but we knew they were going to get better as the game went along. We had challenges in back-to-back games and I felt like we were holding on like a thread in the second period," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 of 38 shots against his former team to help preserve a point for Edmonton.
"I thought Bryz held us in the game, especially in the second when we were not a very good team," Eakins noted.
It only took the Oilers 32 seconds to get on the board. Taylor Hall took advantage of a fortunate bounce and got in behind the Flyers defence. He stickhandled then fired top corner behind Steve Mason to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Three-and-a-half minutes later, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made it a two-goal game following a nifty move after crossing the line. He skated towards the left circle then fired a wrist shot past Steve Mason for the goal.
Jordan Eberle is hooked while driving to the net by Nicklas Grossman, resulting in a hooking penalty and Edmonton getting the game's first power play of the night.
Shots on goal with eight minutes left in the period were five apiece but the Flyers then started to put some pressure on the Oilers and had some great scoring chances. The Flyers started putting the pressure on and over a three-minute stint outshot the Oilers 6-1.
With 3:23 to play in the opening frame, Zac Rinaldo got sent to the bin for charging, putting Edmonton on the power play once again.
The Rinaldo penalty expired and seconds later, Hall was dumped deep in the Flyers zone by Mark Streit. His cross-checking penalty gave Edmonton their third man advantage of the evening with just over a minute to play.
Shots on goal after one period were 11-8 for Philadelphia.
Down 2-0 and shorthanded to start the second period, the Flyers came flying out of the gate with a pair of shorthanded scoring chances. Bryzgalov stopped Sean Couturier on a breakaway and then dove to knock the puck away on a second opportunity right on his doorstep.
Three minutes later, Jakub Voracek was dumped by Andrew Ference in the Oilers zone after another series of five-star scoring chances by the Flyers, sending Philadelphia on the power play for the first time.
Claude Giroux teed up a shot from the left circle 16 seconds into the man advantage and the puck was tipped on its way to the net by Wayne Simmonds for the goal, making it a 2-1 game.
An elbowing penalty on Perron put the Flyers back on the PP with 8:45 to play in the middle frame.
Standing at the top of the crease, Simmonds tapped in a quick feed off the side boards from Voracek past Bryzgalov to tie the game up. Eakins immediately called a timeout right after.
"I don't think you need to yell and scream at pro athletes all the time to get them going," Eakins remarked. "I had enough. I thought our fans had had enough. I thought it was a time to kill my timeout."
Shots after 40 were 25-11 for the Flyers. They were 14-3 in the period.
Each team traded power plays through the first 10 minutes of the third period but the game remained knotted up at 2-2.
Kimmo Timonen’s penalty with nine minutes to go in the final frame put Edmonton on the power play yet again. This time, the Oilers converted.
David Perron's centring pass from the side of the net went in off Grossman in the Flyers crease and in to put Edmonton back in front 3-2.
"In the third, I thought we were going back again with a little bit more energy," Eakins remarked.
Unfortunately, less than two minutes later, a Hemsky penalty and Petry penalty 30 seconds apart gave Philadelphia a two-man advantage to try and tie the game up and they did just that. 12 seconds into the two-man power play Hartnell tipped in a blast to tie the game up. It was Philly's third PPG of the night.