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Edmonton at Philadelphia

Hemsky helps Oilers end Flyers' four-game win streak

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ales Hemsky is rounding into form and the Edmonton Oilers are winning again.

Hemsky had two goals and an assist, and the Oilers held on to end the Philadelphia Flyers' four-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Sunday.

"He played unreal," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said after the Oilers won their second straight after dropping five in a row. "Those are all-world goals that he scored."

Hemsky put the Oilers ahead 2-1 at 12:27 of the first period on a nifty forehand-to-backhand move after skating in from center ice. Then at 4:26 of the second, Hemsky skated in from the blue line and went backhand-to-forehand to score again.

They were the first goals in 19 games dating back to last season for the sixth-year right-wing.

"I wouldn't have minded a couple of garbage goals, but I didn't get mentally down and the goals came," Hemsky said.

Sheldon Souray added a goal and assist, Erik Cole and Dustin Penner also scored, and Tom Gilbert had three assists for the Oilers.

Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne each had a goal and assist, and Braydon Coburn and Jeff Carter also scored goals for Philadelphia, which outscored its opponents 19-7 during the streak.

"We just let them skate," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. "There were some severe breakdowns. We also have to do a better job of checking."

Dwayne Roloson stopped 22 shots as the Oilers built a 5-2 lead. He denied Scott Hartnell on a breakaway with 9:07 left in the third period and Edmonton leading 5-4.

"The Flyers are a great offensive team," Roloson said. "Their power play was firing pretty good today. They took advantage of some mistakes."

Martin Biron, who had 23 saves, said that the Flyers made it too easy for the Oilers' offense.

"We gave them a lot of room to execute their give-and-goes, their passes, and their three-on-twos," the goaltender said.

Edmonton went ahead on Cole's wrist shot from the right circle at 9:10 of the first period.

The Flyers tied it on a power play 1:42 later. Gagne hit the post on a rebound attempt and the puck bounced back to Knuble who poked it in from the front of the net.

After Hemsky's scores, Coburn and Souray traded goals with slap shots on the power play from inside the blue line at 8:10 and 10:21 respectively, Penner hammered in a rebound to make it 5-2 at 11:52.

Carter extended his goal-scoring streak to seven goals in seven games with a wrist shot through a screen on a power play to get the Flyers closer with 1:17 left in the second period.

Gagne's rebound goal made it 5-4 only 20 seconds into the third period.

Notes

  • Flyers C Carter also has three assists during his scoring streak.
  • Knuble extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and also has two assists in that span.
  • Edmonton played the third of a season-high seven consecutive road games.
  • Edmonton D Tom Gilbert had his first career three-point game.
  • The Flyers were 3-for-6 on the power play.
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Ales Hemsky slips a shot past goalie Martin Biron for one of his two goals for the Oilers.  (AP)
Ales Hemsky slips a shot past goalie Martin Biron for one of his two goals for the Oilers. (AP)

Scoreboard
Edmonton  (6-4-1) «2305
Philadelphia (4-4-3)1214
Three Stars
A. Hemsky
EDM


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
T. Gilbert
EDM


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
M. Knuble
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:10Erik Cole (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Moreau, Strudwick
10:52Power Play - Mike Knuble (6), Tip-In. Assist: Gagne, Richards
12:27Ales Hemsky (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Smid, Gilbert
2ND PERIOD
04:26Ales Hemsky (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Smid
08:10Power Play - Braydon Coburn (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Timonen, Hartnell
10:21Power Play - Sheldon Souray (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Gagner, Gilbert
11:52Dustin Penner (3), Tip-In. Assist: Souray, Hemsky
18:43Power Play - Jeff Carter (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sbisa
3RD PERIOD
20.0Simon Gagne (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Knuble, Metropolit
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:41Alberts, 2 min, Tripping
04:04Asham, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
10:25Gilbert, 2 min, Hooking
19:03Lupul, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
03:23MacIntyre, 5 min, Fighting
03:23Cote, 5 min, Fighting
05:01Smid, 2 min, Roughing
07:18Souray, 2 min, Interference
09:34Downie, 2 min, Slashing
13:27Staios, 2 min, Hooking
17:34Souray, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
02:28Vaananen, 2 min, Holding
05:28Alberts, 2 min, Interference
10:53Smid, 2 min, Hooking
19:00Timonen, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Edmonton1112528
Philadelphia781126
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dwayne Roloson59:45224
Martin Biron59:28235
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Edmonton1-for-7
Philadelphia3-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 19437
Referees - Dan O'Rourke, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Brian Mach, Andy McElman
 
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