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Simmonds has goal and assist, Flyers beat Oilers 4-2

Simmonds has goal and assist, Flyers beat Oilers 4-2

Brian Elliott came up big on several occasions and at key moments in the game that could've turned the tide in the Oilers favor. They certainly weren't entertaining, but they were effective, winning two in row.

Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist as the Flyers beat host Edmonton 4-2 on Wednesday for their second straight victory after losing 10 in a row.

Brossoit made 29 saves while Elliott made 23 stops. Giroux got the puck to Weise and his shot along the ice squeezed through the five-hole of Brossoit to give the Flyers the lead. The Flyers killed off both, including a late third period man advantage from the Oilers. 3, Philadelphia, Weise 3 (Simmonds, Giroux), 14:45.

Elliott said boring, winning hockey is just fine with him.

"Yeah, we talked about that".

At least, we hope they didn't listen because if they did, and they really were trying their hardest, the Edmonton Oilers are done. The last time the Flyers had two players with eight or more shots on goal in the same game was January 6, 2009, when Braydon Coburn and Jeff Carter each had eight in a 2-1 shootout loss at Washington.

Of note, he came up with a point blank save on Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse with 5:30 left in the second period. The 20-year-old center sent a backhand pass to Draisaitl, who gave Edmonton just its second 1-0 lead in the last 10 games. Weal was on the doorstep to tip home a pass from Sean Couturier at 8:53 of the middle period. Rookie Mark Alt was inserted into the PK with Brandon Manning out with injury and he was up to the task. "We're playing that good road-style hockey when you have nothing, you've got to get it in deep and live to fight another day, and I think our guys are really buying into that right now".

Weal had a different perspective on the goal.

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"Our forecheck was really good tonight in the neutral zone", Weal said. "I got out there and G made a pretty good play on the wall to me and their defense kind of sat back and I tried to use them as a screen".

"It's been a long time coming", Weal, who scored his first goal in his last 13 games, said. "There were a lot of improvements, a couple of things that I wanted to make sure I did tonight, and did. The desperation level went up a little bit in the third but obviously that's not enough", McLellan said. "Maybe that second one is eliminated", Brossoit said. "I thought from start to finish, this was a real good way to follow up a good win in Calgary".

"This is a real solid road win", head coach Dave Hakstol said. "Getting contributions from everyone, it's going to be huge if we want to keep stringing some wins together".

The Flyers dodged an early bullet in the third as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hit the crossbar just seconds after the opening face-off.

Nugent-Hopkins made it close with 6:40 left on the clock, banging home a rebound from a Patrick Maroon shot.

The Flyers tied it up five minutes later on the power play with a nice three-way passing play converted in front by Weal, who tipped it past Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit.

Simmonds got an empty-netter with 39 seconds left to seal the game.

The Flyers second straight win was also their second of the season against the Oilers, sweeping the season series. The Flyers recently placed goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Brandon Manning on injured reserve. Brennan was a healthy scratch along with C Jori Lehtera, while Lyon backed up starter Brian Elliott.


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