Lifeless Flyers Drop Another Game in Edmonton

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers played a second straight game in Alberta on Friday night, but it wouldn't be surprising if their minds were still in Calgary and thinking about Wednesday's epic collapse.

The Flyers did nothing to turn the tide in Edmonton, looking rather lifeless in a 4-1 defeat to the Oilers.

Edmonton got on the board first at 12:37 of the first period as Alex Chiasson was left wide open from the slot.

After 20 minutes, the Flyers outshot the Oilers, 8-7.

The Flyers had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the second, getting a four-minute power play early in the period. Their drought on the man-advantage continued, as part of an 0-for-5 night there, and the Flyers failed to door.

The Oilers extended the lead past the midpoint of the period with two quick tallies. Off a turnover by Shayne Gostisbehere, Connor McDavid banked a shot off Anthony Stolarz and in to make it 2-0. Less than two minutes later, Adam Larsson beat Stolarz with a long-range shot that made it 3-0.

The Flyers did get on the board in the third with a goal by Jake Voracek just three seconds after the halfway point of the period. That was as close as the Flyers would get, failing to convert on their fifth power play of the game in the final minutes. McDavid iced the game with 36 seconds left with an empty-net goal.

Stolarz made 18 saves on 21 shots in the loss. Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 of 32 shots for the win.

The Flyers close out a five-game road trip in Vancouver on Saturday night against the Canucks. Game time is 10 p.m.

Box Score

  1 2 3 T
Flyers 0 0 1 1
Oilers 1 2 1 4

Scoring Summary

1st Period

  • EDM Alex Chiasson (14) (Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid) 12:37

2nd Period

  • EDM McDavid (18) (Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse) 12:37
  • EDM Adam Larsson (1) (Ryan Spooner, Nurse) 14:08

3rd Period

  • PHI Jake Voracek (9) (Claude Giroux) 10:03
  • EDM McDavid (19) EN (Draisaitl) 19:24

Game Statistics

  Flyers Oilers
Shots 32 22
Power Plays 0/5 0/2
Hits 16 33
Faceoff % 57.9% 42.1%
Giveaways 11 11
Takeaways 8 15
Blocked Shots 10 16
Penalty Minutes 4 10
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