IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Flyers
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Philadelphia Flyers
The Edmonton Oilers face off against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Rexall Place.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Arcobello (ribs), Jones (head), Larsen (illness), Potter (groin)
20:00: The game has started.
19:28: It only took the Oilers 32 seconds to get on the board. Taylor Hall took advantage of a fortunate bounce and got in behind the Flyers defence. He stickhandled then fired top corner behind Steve Mason to give his side a 1-0 lead. | EDM 1, PHI 0
15:58: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made it a two-goal game after a nifty move after crossing the line. He skated towards the left circle then fired a wrist shot past Steve Mason for the goal. | EDM 2, PHI 0
8:18: Shots on goal with eight minutes left in the period were five apiece.
5:15: Flyers start putting the pressure on and over a three-minute stint outshoot the Oilers 6-1.
3:23: Zac Rinaldo gets sent to the bin for charging, putting Edmonton on the power play once again.
1:07: The Rinaldo penalty expired and seconds later, Hall was dumped deep in the Flyers zone by Mark Streit. His cross-checking penalty gave Edmonton their third man advantage of the evening.
0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 11-8 for Philadelphia.
20:00: The second period is now underway.
16:39: Jakub Voracek is dumped by Andrew Ference in the Oilers zone after another series of five-star scoring chances by the Flyers, sending Philadelphia on the power play for the first time.
16:23: Claude Giroux teed up a shot from the left circle 16 seconds into the man advantage and the puck was tipped on its way to the net by Wayne Simmonds for the goal, making it a 2-1 game. | EDM 2, PHI 1
10:51: Near the midway point of the period, Philadelphia had a 9-1 lead in shots over the Oilers.
8:45: An elbowing penalty on Perron put the Flyers back on the PP.
7:47: Standing at the top of the crease, Simmonds tapped in a quick feed off the side boards from Voracek past Bryzgalov to tie the game up. | EDM 2, PHI 2
7:47: Oilers call a 30-second timeout. Shots in the period are now 12-1 Philly.
2:04: Steve Mason comes up with a huge save on a redirection after Hall spotted Justin Schultz streaking up the middle.
0.0: Shots after 40 were 25-11 for the Flyers.
20:00: The third period is now underway.
18:55: Petry received a holding penalty, grabbing Claude Giroux in front of the Edmonton net to deny him a scoring opportunity. The penalty gave the Flyers dangerous power play their third man advantage of the night after having scored already on the previous two.
16:55: Oilers are able to kill off the penalty.
15:15: Vincent Lecavalier was sent to the box, setting up an Edmonton man advantage.
12:15: Oilers are unable to convert but have a few really good chances to score during the power play and then slightly afterwards as well. The best came on a partial breakaway for Jesse Joensuu but the Finnish forward fired the puck over the net.
9:01: Kimmo Timonen was sent to the box for holding to give Edmonton another power play chance to take the lead.
8:08: David Perron's centring pass from the side of the net went in off Grossman in the Flyers crease and in to put Edmonton back in front. | EDM 3, PHI 2
6:18: Hemsky heads to the box to set up another Flyers power play.
5:44: Petry receives two for cross-checking, giving Philadelphia a two-man advantage.
5:32: Hartnell tips in a blast to tie the game up -- Philly's third PPG of the night. | EDM 3, PHI 3
2:13: Perron breaks in alone on Mason and attempts a backhand deke but just narrowly missed.
0.0: Shots on goal after regulation were 36-15 for the Flyers.
5:00: Overtime is now underway.
1:10: Edmonton's best chance in the extra frame came on a two-on-one with Gagner and Petry. Gagner's extra move in the slot caused him to lose the puck in front of Mason.
EDM - Jordan Eberle - SCORED
PHI - Vincent Lecavalier - SAVED
EDM - David Perron - SAVED
PHI - Claude Giroux - SCORED
EDM - Sam Gagner - MISSED NET
PHI - Michael Raffl - SCORED