Edmonton at Philadelphia

Giroux's first goal sparks Flyers to victory over Oilers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux's teammates had a feeling he would end his 21-game goal drought Saturday.

"I knew he was going to score tonight," Wayne Simmonds said. "I think he could kind of feel it. He's getting a million chances all year long, and then finally he put that one in."

Giroux's third-period goal in the Flyers' 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers was his first of the season, and first since April 15.

Jay Rosehill, Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers, who had more than two goals for only the second time in 16 games this season.

But for Giroux, the goal was more than a goal.

"It was obviously a lot of relief," Giroux said. "To see all the boys on the bench being happy too, I think that was really fun. But you know what, it's a big win for us. And we go on the road now, and we've got to get on a roll here."

David Perron and Taylor Hall scored for Edmonton. Ilya Bryzgalov, the former Flyers goalie who signed with the Oilers on Friday, was not at the game.

The game marked the Flyers' first win at the Wells Fargo Center since Oct. 24 against the New York Rangers, and ended a stretch of 175:22 during which they had gone without a goal at home -- a franchise record.

They seemed to surprise the Oilers, who were expecting to face far less pressure from a Flyers team that ranks last in the NHL in goals per game.

"That was a team that had been described as fragile," Hall said. "But I thought they came out and played really hard and won a lot more battles than we did."

The Oilers, actually, controlled the pace early. It wasn't until Giroux drew an interference call on Anton Belov at 7:20 of the first period that his team woke up. The Flyers didn't score during the power play, but Rosehill did at 11:56, just moments later.

Mark Streit, who set up Rosehill's goal, also set up the goal that followed it with a cross-ice pass to Hartnell at 17:16.

The Flyers' first period was their first multi-goal period since they hosted the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 29. It was the fourth period all season the team scored more than a single marker.

"Probably everybody's a little bit surprised with their struggles with scoring so far this year with the personnel they have," Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk said.

Despite being largely outplayed in the game's final two periods, the Oilers managed to stay within a goal for most of the afternoon. They cut the Flyers' lead in half when Perron scored on the power play at 18:25 of the second period.

Third periods have been the Flyers' worst all season - as a number of players have said, they've often found ways to lose. But they took to heart words that were shared during a players-only meeting Thursday, and hit the ice with confidence in the third period. Facing the NHL's worst defense didn't hurt, either.

"The attitude in the room, if they get a late goal, usually we're kind of down," Giroux said. "They got a late goal in the second, and you know what, the attitude was great. I was responsible for that goal at the end of the second, and guys stayed positive, and we just stayed with it and kept playing our game."

Giroux, at 11:26, was the Flyer who beat Dubnyk next, to bring the score to 3-1. The crowd rose to its feet and stayed there as Giroux was greeted by Steve Mason, who left his crease to congratulate his captain. Mason finished with 24 saves.

Hall again cut the Flyers' lead to a single goal at 13:25, but it didn't last. Lecavalier's shot at 16:33 flew high over Dubnyk's shoulder, and the Oilers simply couldn't fight their way out of their own zone in the little time that remained.

With the win, the Flyers improved to 5-9-1. The Oilers (4-12-2) are last the Western Conference.

For the Flyers, the win is something to build upon as they embark on a three-game trip, starting Tuesday in Ottawa.

"It's great," Hartnell said. "We didn't hear a boo all night here at home, first time in a long time. Our efforts haven't been great at home and we wanted a big effort 60-minute game and that's something we did tonight.

"We have to continue that and carry that forward."

Notes

Edmonton's Luke Gazdic (shoulder) left the game in the second period and did not return. Belov received a match penalty for a hit on Giroux.. The game was just the seventh of 16 this season in which the Flyers scored more than one goal. ... Edmonton's power-play goal at 18:25 of the second period snapped a streak of 14 consecutive penalties killed by the Flyers over three-plus games.

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Claude Giroux's relief is evident after he scores in the third period, his first goal since April 15.  (USATSI)
Claude Giroux's relief is evident after he scores in the third period, his first goal since April 15. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Edmonton (4-12-2)0112
Philadelphia  (5-10-1) «2024
Three Stars
M. Streit
PHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
C. Giroux
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Rosehill
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:56 - Jay Rosehill (1), Tip-In. Assist: Streit, Grossmann
17:16 - Scott Hartnell (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Streit, Coburn
2ND PERIOD
18:25Power Play - David Perron (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hemsky
3RD PERIOD
11:26 - Claude Giroux (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Voracek
13:25 - Taylor Hall (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gagner, Larsen
16:33 - Vincent Lecavalier (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Schenn, Read
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:20Belov, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
02:39Simmonds, 2 min, Hooking
05:08Rinaldo, 2 min, Roughing
11:45Gazdic, 2 min, Roughing
11:45Rosehill, 2 min, Roughing
13:51Gazdic, 5 min, Fighting
13:51Rosehill, 5 min, Fighting
16:52Hall, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
07:59Belov, 10 min, Game Misconduct
10:13Simmonds, 2 min, Cross Check
14:24Gagner, 2 min, Boarding
19:26Streit, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
EDM108826
PHI1391234
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Devan Dubnyk58:17304
Steve Mason60:00242
Game Information
Attendance - 19725
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Tim Nowak
 
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