The Philadelphia Flyers (2-2-1) wrapped up their western Canada road trip in Edmonton to take on the Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers outshot their opponent 52-22, scoring on only three of those attempts. Some standout players were Jakub Voracek and Oskar Lindblom, with either goals or assists from each. The Edmonton Oilers offered six power play opportunities to the Philadelphia Flyers, only being able to convert on two. Edmonton, however, was able to score against the Flyers PK unit twice- making them flawless on the power play. They boys in orange and black ended the night with a faceoff percentage of 50%.
Now into the scoring summary. Brace yourselves- it isn’t pretty:
Leon Draisaitl opened up the flood gates for the Oilers only a 1:13 seconds into the first period, his fifth goal of the season, making it 1-0 Edmonton. Having flashbacks to last game when the Flames’ Michael Frolik scored a little over a minute-and-a half in? Trailing early in the game, the Flyers fought back with a power play goal from Jakub Voracek, his first of the year, tying the score up 1-1 with a little over 12 minutes left in the first period. The goal was assisted by Giroux and Couturier. Ethan Bear would go on to score from backhanded-slot pass off the boards from James Neal, giving Edmonton a 2-1 lead going into the second period.
Connor McDavid started off the second period with a highlight-reel goal, shrugging off defenseman Justin Braun and scoring on Hart, giving the Oilers a 3-1 lead. Next to score was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the Oilers’ power play unit. A quick snapshot from inside the circle made the score 4-1. Hart let in 4 out of 14 before being relieved in net by Brian Elliot. Edmonton would go back on the power play, again converting, this time Draistaitl scoring on a lost and confused Elliot who couldn’t locate where the puck was. Prior to this goal, Elliot had an amazing save on what looked like a ‘for-sure’ goal. The Flyers ended the second period down 5-1.
It hurts to say this. Brandon Manning opened up the final period of play with a slapshot goal, making it 6-1 Oilers. Fast-forward to the end of the third period, Oskar Lindblom would score off a tip-in goal from Jake Voracek’s shot, making it 6-2. Voracek would finish the scoring with a power play goal with less than 3 minutes remaining. Final score, 6-3.
The Flyers head back home for Saturday’s game against the Dallas Stars for a regular season matchup. It is unconfirmed which goaltender the Flyers will start. Game starts at 7:00pm EST.
-Austin McAleer (@mcaleer_austin)
(photo credits: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)