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Philadelphia
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47-26-9
Edmonton
Oilers
32-40-10

35 SOG
30 SOG
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game recap

Dubnyk, Oilers blank league's highest scoring team

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Ryan Dittrick - edmontonoilers.com

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Dubnyk, Oilers blank league's highest scoring team
Philadelphia Flyers 0, Edmonton Oilers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Devan Dubnyk
1st
Devan Dubnyk
G
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Jordan Eberle
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:10
Ryan Whitney
3rd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 22:41

The Oilers and Flyers don't always meet at Rexall Place. But when they do, the home side prefers a shutout.

The clubs last met in Edmonton on Feb. 3, 2010 when the orange and blue snagged a 1-0 victory.

Tonight, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each scored, while Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots, thwarting the league's highest scoring team by a 2-0 score.

FIRST PERIOD

While the Oilers hopped out to an early 3-0 shot lead in an otherwise sluggish start, Shawn Horcoff was assessed a hooking minor at 4:37 to put the Flyers on the power-play. The visitors peppered Devan Dubnyk with four quality attempts, but the Oilers' 82.6-percent success rate improved with another scoreless man-disadvantage.

Needing a spark, the game got it with 11:37 on the clock. After some prodding, Darcy Hordichuk engaged Philadelphia's Jody Shelley in a spirited heavyweight tilt. The Oilers' 6'1", 212-pound enforcer landed some late shots and earned the decision, but an roughing minor on the play (also charged to No. 16) put Philadelphia back on the power-play.

Once again, the home side killed the advantage as the 0-0 game carried into the period's latter half.

While the rest of the period was primarily composed of neutral zone play and poorly-conceived passes, the Oilers nearly took a 1-0 lead when Taylor Hall constructed a seeing-eye pass to Ales Hemsky in the slot. No. 83 connected and got great wood on the shot, but Ilya Bryzgalov stood tall in turning aside the chance with an athletic blocker save.

With 20 minutes in the books, the game remained in a 0-0 tie as the Flyers took a 14-9 lead in shots.

SECOND PERIOD

Coming out to a stronger start, the Oilers drew a power-play when Pavel Kubina hauled down Sam Gagner at 2:15. Hemming the Flyers in their own end throughout, the Oilers got on the board when Ryan Whitney's point shot went wide, but the end-board rebound poppped to Hall at the doorstep, who punched it home for the icebreaker 1:11 into the advantage.

Just seconds after the goal, Brayden Schenn was sprung on a clear-cut breakaway, but Dubnyk denied the opportunity to preserve his club's one-goal lead.

At 8:04, the Oilers extended to a 2-0 advantage. On the squad's 16th shot, Jordan Eberle picked a loose puck up along the side boards and curled into the slot. WIth a wide-open lane on Bryzgalov, he launched a heavy wrister that snuck between the goalie's glove and pad, dribbling across the line to give the sophomore his 27th goal of the season.

With 1:36 to play, Scott Hartnell took a healthy run at Magnus Paajarvi, dangerously kneeing him and earning a minor for his trouble. No. 91 was slow to get up, but did eventually, only to be escorted to the locker room alongside Head Athletic Therapist T.D. Forss.

Late-period chances nearly put the OIlers up by three, but none were converted as time expired to end the period. 23 seconds remained on the orange and blue's third power-play.

THIRD PERIOD

As the penalty expired to start the period, the Flyers were granted a partial 3-on-1 opportunity after the Oilers crafted a turnover at the Philly blueline. Super villain Hartnell got the shot, but Dubnyk made the save to keep his team's 2-0 lead intact.

Moments later and on another odd-man rush, Jakub Voracek burst in and ripped a slapper that eluded Dubnyk's grasp and slipped toward to the goal line, but Tom Gilbert raced in and cleared the puck to safety.

With 9:10 to play, Eric Belanger, Corey Potter and Ryan Smyth choreographed a nifty three-way passing play, but with a sure tap-in on the horizon, the puck bounced over Potter's stick at the last second, causing the biscuit to pinball wide in a wild sequence.

A questionable slashing call on Taylor Hall put the Flyers back on the power-play at 16:27. 39 seconds into the advantage, Horcoff was unleashed on a breakaway but was hooked all the way; thus, a penalty shot was awarded. The captain raced in on his attempt, but his backhand try was snubbed by Bryzgalov.

Needing a pair to equalize, Peter Laviolette pulled his goalie with 2:40 to play for an extra-attacker. It didn't matter, though, as the Oilers cruised to the buzzer and a 2-0 win over the league's highest scoring team.

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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:26
EDM
PPG - Taylor Hall (22) ASST: Ryan Whitney (10), Jordan Eberle (33)
1 - 0 EDM
08:04
EDM
Jordan Eberle (27) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:37
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hooking against  Wayne Simmonds
08:23
PHI
Jody Shelley  Fighting against  Darcy Hordichuk
08:23
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting against  Jody Shelley
08:23
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Roughing against  Jody Shelley
2nd Period
02:15
PHI
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Jordan Eberle
18:24
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Kneeing against  Magnus Paajarvi
3rd Period
09:21
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Scott Hartnell
09:21
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ryan Whitney
16:27
EDM
Taylor Hall  Slashing against  Wayne Simmonds
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 30TOI: 57:22
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .933SH: 2 - 2
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0