Flyers Rebound and Drop Oilers 4-1

Published on March 8th, 2011

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-1.  This was the only meeting between the Flyers and the Oilers this season.  For this game, Devan Dubnyk started in net for the Oilers and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:
Briere-Leino-Hartnell
Carter-Giroux-JVR
Richards-Versteeg-Carcillo
Betts-Powe-Shelley

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Pronger-Carle
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-O’Donnell

The Flyers came out with a lot of jump and got on the scoreboard first.  Matt Carle found a seam in the Oilers defense and threaded a beautiful pass that sent in forward Daniel Briere alone on Dubnyk.  He scored top-shelf at 8:54.  At 12:57, Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid plastered Flyers forward Darroll Powe into the boards drawing a 5-minute major penalty for boarding.  At 14:39 while the Flyers had the man-advantage, Dubnyk stoned Andrej Meszaros on a seemingly open-net chance.  The Flyers did convert on the power-play when Jeff Carter scored at 17:40 to make it 2-0.  The Oilers registered their first shot of the period at 18:45.  The Flyers recorded the first 16 shots of the game.  After one period of play, the Flyers led in shots 17 to 1.  It was a strong bounce-back period after the 7-0 loss to the Rangers Sunday.

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen gave Carter a nice centering pass that he was able to easily tap in for his 30th of the season at 7:05 of the 2nd period.  The Flyers then lost a little focus and the Oilers capitalized quickly at 8:00 when winger Jean-Francois Jacques deflected it in to make it 3-1.  The Oilers got back in the game in this period outshooting the Flyers 11 to 5 but still trailed by 2 goals. 

In the 3rd period, the Flyers played to protect the lead.  The Oilers still had a number of decent scoring chances but Bob was there for the save each time.  At 19:18, Blair Betts found the empty net to seal the win for the Flyers.

Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette was not too pleased with his team’s effort in the 2nd and 3rd periods but will take the win.  “I am a believer in the way you play the game and the process.  If the process is right, you will win hockey games.  So, I am always more concerned about the process.  We did a lot of good things in the first twenty minutes and we need to build off of that.  If we are going to look for positives tonight, build off of that twenty minutes and look to go into the next game seeing if we can play more minutes like we played in the first period.” 

The Flyers’ 4-game losing streak is over.  Their next game is at Toronto vs. the Maple Leafs on Thursday March 8th.

Jeff Carter netted 2 goals



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