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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Flyers

by Kristi Hennessy / Edmonton Oilers

The turning point of the game would have to be the Flyers bad  late high-sticking penalty. Here you are with less than two minutes to play before getting a point and you go and put yourself down a man. Oilers capitalized on the mistake and scored on the power play.

200 Brule skated in his 200th career NHL game on Saturday. He has 59 points in 200 games.
5 Flyers have 5 players who will represent their countries in the 2010 Olympics.
65 Laperriere has played the most games against the Oilers than any other Flyer(65)
87 Potulny was drafted 87th by the Flyers in 2003 draft. He played for the Flyers from 2003-08.
0 The number of Oilers losses so far in February.
1st Star
Jeff Deslauriers
33 33 0 60:00 1.00
2nd Star
Michael Leighton
27 26 1 59:43 .963
3rd Star
Ryan Potulny
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 E 3

Michael Leighton
27 26 1 59:43 .963

Jeff Deslauriers
33 33 0 60:00 1.00

With just over two mintutes to play in the final frame, both teams were still yet to post a goal on the scoreboard and it sure was looking like overtime. However, with 1:50 to play, Gagner drew a high-sticking penalty on Darroll Powe. The Oilers won the draw in the Flyers zone to start the power play off. Gagner picked up the puck after being hit by Coburn. He snuck the puck down low and fired a nice pass over to Potulny who got the bounce he needed and put the Oil up 1-0 with only 15 seconds to play.

Not much of a surprise here to give the MVP to Mr. Jeff Deslauriers for picking up his second shutout this season. JD made some huge stops tonight against a dangerous offensive team. He stopped 14 shots in the first period and 33 in total for the win tonight. He also picked up the first star of the game for his solid effort between the pipes.

Brian Boucher was teammates with Sheldon Souray on the Tri-City Americans (1994-95) of the WHL.

"Woulda, coulda, shoulda doesn't help us right now. We shoulda found a way to kill that penalty and at least get the one point and we didn't."
-Flyers Ian Laperriere on the disappointing loss in the last 15 seconds.

"Every team has challenges in a game that you hope you don’t break in, just hope you bend a little bit and come back and play hard. I think we bent and didn’t break and it was nice to watch."
- Coach Pat Quinn on picking up another win.

Thursday, February 4 vs. Minnesota
  6:00 PM MT (SNET-W), 630 CHED)

Edmonton hits the road tonight on their five-game road trip with the first stop in Minnesota against the Wild tomorrow. This is the third meeting out six between the two. The last came December 23rd in Minnesota with the Wild taking that one 3-1. The series is tied one win each. The puck drops at 6:00 pm MT and you can catch the action on SNET-W or listen on 630 CHED.

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