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Jakub Voracek’s two goal first period paced the Flyers to a 4-1 win Tuesday night versus the Edmonton Oilers.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Luke Schenn also contributed goals for the Flyers. Philadelphia lit up the stat sheet, as Mark Streit, Nicklas Grossmann, Michael Del Zotto, Claude Giroux, Chris Vande Velde, Zac Rinaldo, and Brayden Schenn all recorded assists. Steve Mason got stronger as the game went on, stopping 35-36 Oiler shots. Philadelphia ended a two-game losing streak.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored Edmonton’s lone goal. Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz were credited with the assists. Victor Fasth saw 25 shots, but allowed 4 goals.
The Flyers offensive came early and often, and has revolved around Vorcek, who notched goals four and five. Just 3:59 into the first period, the Czech winger took the puck from behind the net and slipped a wraparound passed the Edmonton goaltender.
Voracek would notch his fifth goal of the season later in the first period, as he took a rebound in the slot and wristed it passed Fasth.
Despite just eight shots, the Flyers dominated the chances in the first period, as the team was flying around the ice, pouncing on every turnover the Oilers had.
The second period was more of the same for Philadelphia, as the Frenchman, Bellemare, notched his second goal of the season on some great passing from fourth line linemates Rinaldo and Vande Velde.
The Oilers would finally get on the board midway through the second period as Nugent-Hopkins used his world-class speed to skate by Rinaldo and take the inside track on defenseman Mark Streit. Nugent-Hopkins easily beat Mason top shelf.
Just over two minutes later, Schenn would give the Flyers their three-goal lead back, as he wristed a shot from the right circle that Fasth initially saved. The puck would bounce behind the goaltender and trickle in, giving Schenn his first goal of the season.
Soon after Schenn’s goal, Edmonton tough guy Matt Hendricks and Rinaldo threw down, although it appeared as though Rinaldo took the worst of the damage, it was Hendricks who was bloodied. Both received five-minute majors.
The third period featured a march to the penalty box for the Flyers, but it was Mason who shut the door and led the Flyers to victory.