Around the NHL: Simmonds leads Flyers as they double up Oilers

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

It was their second straight win after going 0-5-5 in their previous 10 games.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton. Claude Giroux added two assists, and Brian Elliott made 24 saves. Elliott denied superstar Connor McDavid from point-blank range with 2:05 to go.

Jakub Voracek and Simmonds accounted for 16 of the Flyers' 33 shots on goal, and it was Simmonds' last shot on an empty net that sealed the game in the final minute.

"It definitely feels good".

Jordan Weal, Dale Weise and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers (10-11-7), who won consecutive games for only the second time this season. "We are playing that good road-style hockey when you have nothing, you have to get it in deep and live to fight another day, and I think our guys are really buying into that right now". We made some adjustments throughout our neutral zone and really clogging teams up.

Michael Raffl scored for the second straight game and has four goal on the year - All four goals have come in his last seven games, as has all six of his points (4g-6a) after going 21 games without a point from the beginning of the season.

Now, they've strung together consecutive victories in Western Canada - which has been the flawless getaway following a 10-game winless streak - by playing simple, basic road hockey.

"We limited his chances throughout the game", Weal said.

Raffl, sent away on a breakaway by Jake Voracek, put a shot inside the left post to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead with 15:54 left in the third period. Instead, it was a costly turnover to the most unsafe player on the Oilers that turned the tables.

Oilers defenseman Matthew Benning admitted it was a backbreaker to give up a power-play goal so soon after scoring a short-handed marker, and he took the blame for the defensive breakdown.

"This is a real solid road win", head coach Dave Hakstol said. "Coots made a helluva play to get it to me".

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He did, firing a shot between the legs of defenseman Eric Gryba.

The Flyers failed to score on the remainder of their power play, and had to kill off a penalty of their own before going back to the power play for the fourth time in the game. Weal was on the doorstep to tip home a pass from Sean Couturier at 8:53 of the middle period. "It's not been for a lack of hard work and creating chances". It's nice when you can get out with special players like that.

The Oilers opened the scoring at 3:41 of the second period. The Flyers' first power-play unit was on the ice too long and appeared winded.

But the Flyers quickly answered. "These aren't our fans out here, we don't have to entertain them", he said.

Edmonton is a "good offensive team", Simmonds said before the game. The Flyers were not able to do so, despite taking 13 shots in the opening period.

Shots on Goal_Philadelphia 13-13-7_33. In all, he logged 1:37 of shorthanded TOI and had three hits and two blocked shots.

At the end of the first 40 minutes, the Flyers had a 48-29 advantage in shot attempts. Game time is set for 10 p.m.

Maple Leafs 2, Flames 1, SO • At Toronto, Frederik Andersen made 47 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three more shots in a shootout in Toronto's win over Calgary.

On Thursday, they will try for their first three-game winning streak of the 2017-18 campaign when they play in Vancouver.

"It was good. We've been playing some good hockey but we weren't seeing the results".

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