Flyers Fight to Close Gap to the Playoffs in Edmonton
The Philadelphia Flyers hope that their latest victory can shake them out of their near month-long slump. They'll look to win at Edmonton for the first time in almost 11 years as they battle the Oilers.
The Flyers kicked off a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Winnipeg and unleashed 5 shots on Jets' goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. They needed each one as they had to rally for a 5-4 overtime victory.
Wayne Simmonds tied the game with 9.7 seconds left in regulation and Jaromir Jagr clinched the extra point on his goal with 43.6 seconds remaining in overtime.
"As far as the attack goes, I really liked our game and I'm really proud that the guys kept coming, and pumping, and it was one of those gutsy efforts that you look back on and might have been one of our best and toughest wins of the year," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "You know, we keep fighting and keep pushing to get the two points."
The Flyers sit in a tie for fifth with the Penguins in the Eastern Conference with 73 points, one behind the Devils for the fourth spot.
Philadelphia had lost five straight to the Oilers, bookending that skid with shutout losses, before logging a 4-1 home victory in the lone meeting last year. The Flyers, though, are 0-2 with a tie in their last three trips to Edmonton, having not won there since March 19, 2001.
The Oilers take aim at a second straight victory overall after snapping a three-game slide with Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Flames.
With one of the league's highest goals-against averages of 2.98, Philadelphia (33-19-7) is not putting much fear in opponents with Ilya Bryzgalov or Sergei Bobrovsky set up in net. The team has given up 24 goals in the last six games.
The Flyers, though, can deliver on the other end like no other team in the NHL. They are scoring a league-best 3.34 goals per game after finding the back of the net 16 times in the last three.
Philadelphia registered a season-high 55 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg. Our offense is obviously there; just hope the defense can now amp up and help out in the area of keeping the puck out of our zone--alleviate some of the goaltending load possibly.
Jaromir Jagr netted his NHL-record 16th OT goal off a pass from Danny Briere to help secure their win in Winnipeg. Salute Mr. Jagr!
"It doesn't matter how many they score against us because we know we can score a lot of goals," said Jagr, 11th all-time in the NHL with 662 goals scored.
The Oilers [23-30-6] have dropped a season-high three straight at Rexall Place, but return home following a 6-1 victory over Calgary on Tuesday.
Edmonton, 14th in the West with 52 points, scored six unanswered goals and Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 of 22 shots to help the club end a three-game skid.
Philadelphia is among the league's best on the road with a [19-9-2] mark.
Articles are being written now too, that Leighton is the answer to the Flyers goalie woes; I seem to recall him sitting the bench more than Boucher and Bob combined during his playoff stint last year. I am keeping my eye more on the fact that Nabokov is more the steal Homer needs to deal--as the Islanders are pretty much out of the playoffs this year and there are rumblings of who may be next on the plank for Holmgren to gamble. Dust off those dice Mr. Holmgren.
Leighty may be doing well in the AHL, as he did prior; however, not convinced NHL ice is where he needs to be right now. Nabokov more than proved himself an effective net minder this season regardless of his team's standings. With only four days left on the deadline, I am most certain one more deal may still be on the board for the Flyers squad.
Flyers face off in Edmonton against the Oilers tonight for a late 9:30 start time. The game is televised on CSN. They then continue their Canadian tour and stop in Calgary Saturday evening for a 10:00 drop of thepuck.