The Philadelphia Flyers skated into action Tuesday night at The Wells Fargo Center looking to end their four game losing streak against a young, fast, but injury riddled Edmonton Oiler team. The Oilers came into the game without three of their top players in Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky and Defenseman Ryan Whitney.
Even with the Flyers recent struggles, they still entered tonight’s tilt leading the Eastern Conference with 86 points. Two points better than the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins and Southeast Division leading Washington Capitals. The Flyers were coming off an embarrassing 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers up in New York on Sunday afternoon. A game in which their Coach, Peter Laviolette, took full responsibility for, figured to come out storming and storm the Oiler net with a barrage of shots they did.
When the first period was over the Flyers had fired 17 shots on Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk and were able to dent the twine twice on goals by Danny Briere and Jeff Carter. Briere scored on a breakaway off a great pass by Flyer Defenseman Matt Carle. Jeff Carter, who returned to the lineup after missing the game Sunday with a bout with the flu, was able to fire a pass from Briere through the pads of Dubnyk closing out the scoring in the first period.
The Flyers made it 3-0 when Carter scored his second of the game and 30th of the season off a great feed in front by defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
After that, the Flyers, in part to some great acrobatic saves by their young rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, had to hold off a big surge by the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers, who managed just one shot on goal in that first period, would cut into the lead less than a minute later when Oiler Jean-Francois Jacques deflected a shot by Ladislav Smid past Bobrovsky.
The Flyers rookie netminder, however, made numerous during the final minutes keeping his team up by two goals.
Blair Betts iced the game for the Flyers when he hit the open net 19:18 into the third with Dubnyk on the bench pulled for an extra attacker.
The Flyers will not have much time to enjoy this win and the end of their losing streak. They will skate into Toronto to take on a leafs team that still has playoff aspirations. The leafs were the second team to beat the Flyers on their four game losing streak when they skated out of The Wells Fargo Center with a 3-2 victory last Thursday.