Flyers top Oilers, 4-2

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- For just the second time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have a two-game winning streak.

Hey, it's a start.

They got goals from Jordan Weal, Dale Weise, and Michael Raffl and defeated Edmonton, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Rogers Place.

It was their second straight win after going 0-5-5 in their previous 10 games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on a rebound after a wild scramble in front, cutting the Flyers' lead to 3-2 with 6 minutes, 40 seconds remaining.

But goalie Brian Elliott and his teammates withstood a late Edmonton power play and held on for the victory. Elliott robbed Connor McDavid from point-blank range with 2:05 to go.

Wayne Simmonds iced the win with an empty-net goal.

Raffl, sent away on a breakaway by Jake Voracek, put a shot inside the left post to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead with 15:54 left in the third period. A turnover by defenseman Kris Russell put the play in motion, leading to Raffl's second goal in as many games.

With the Flyers holding a 2-1 lead, Edmonton's Darnell Nurse fired a shot off the post in the opening seconds of the third period.

Playing with three rookies on defense because an injury to Brandon Manning caused Mark Alt to enter the lineup, the Flyers held a huge territorial advantage With 5:15 left in the second period, Weise, sent in on a crafty pass by Claude Giroux (two assists), scored off the rush as he fired a shot from the high slot past Laurent Brossoit, who had allowed five goals in each of his previous two games.

"It was a pretty unselfish line change by Simmy," said Weise, referring to Simmonds by his nickname. "I thought he could have jumped in on the rush and try to get something going, but it was a good change by him. I got out there and G made a pretty good play on the wall to me and their defense kind of sat back and I tried to use them as a screen."

He did, firing a shot between the legs of defenseman Eric Gryba.


Weal's first goal in 13 games, a power-play tally with 11:07 left in the second, had knotted the score at 1-1. Weal tapped in a feed from Sean Couturier, ending a slick passing play that was started by Giroux.

About five minutes earlier, the Oilers had taken a 1-0 lead on Leon Draisaitl's shorthanded goal. The Flyers' first power-play unit was on the ice too long on the shift and appeared winded.

McDavid won a puck battle from Couturier near the Flyers' offensive blue line and spend down ice on a two on one. The 20-year-old superstar sent a backhand pass to Draisaitl, who gave Edmonton just its second 1-0 lead in the last 10 games.

Edmonton is a "good offensive team," right winger Simmonds said before the game. "You can't turn the puck over or they'll make you pay."

The Flyers had many more chances than the Oilers in a snoozefest of a scoreless first period that included 25 faceoffs and few quality scoring chances.

The Flyers were coming off a 5-2 win Monday in Calgary, ending their 10-game losing streak. It equaled their second-highest scoring output of the season.

They now have a two-game winning streak for the second time. The first was in mid-October when they defeated Washington, 8-2, and Florida, 5-1.

On Thursday, they will try for their first three-game winning streak this season when they play in Vancouver.

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