NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Philadelphia
(Thursday, December 8th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ethan Moreau scored a pair of short-handed goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
Jarret Stoll also scored for Edmonton, which has won five of its last seven games. Mike Morrison stopped 30 shots in the victory.
Sami Kapanen notched his first goal of the season for the Flyers, who have dropped two of their last three games. Branko Radivojevic scored the other goal for Philadelphia, which remains without the services of arguably its five most important players.
Along the forward line, leading scorer Peter Forsberg is out with a groin injury and captain Keith Primeau has still not recovered from concussion symptoms. Philly's top two blueliners, Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen, will both be out of action until early in 2006. Desjardins will have surgery on his right shoulder next week, while Pitkanen, who sits fourth in scoring among defensemen in the NHL, has a torn abdominal muscle. Finally, starting goaltender Robert Esche, with a groin pull, is not expected to be back for at least another week.
Philadelphia backup netminder Antero Niittymaki, who earned his first career shutout on Tuesday in a 1-0 shootout win over Calgary, allowed three goals on 28 shots.
The Oilers struck first with a goal in an otherwise uneventful first period. With the Flyers skating on the power play after a slashing minor to Jason Smith, a mishandled puck in the neutral zone allowed Moreau to move in on a breakaway. Moreau's low shot hit the post, but he followed it up and punched home the rebound for the short-handed goal at 16:19.
In the early stages of the second period, the Flyers tied it up on Radivojevic's fourth goal of the season on a wrist shot from the right circle.
However, two special-teams tallies by Edmonton later in the stanza gave the visitors a 3-1 lead.
First, at the eight-minute mark, the Oilers used the man advantage to regain the lead. A wrist shot from the centerpoint was deflected off of several sticks in front, and a strange carom saw the puck go directly onto the stick of Stoll, who was all alone at the left post for his 11th goal.
Under six minutes later, with 6:04 remaining in the stanza, Moreau struck again while the Flyers were on the power play. Stoll cleared the puck from his own zone along the right half-wall and the high lob landed in the neutral zone before taking an odd bounce. Moreau won a race for the disc and once again hustled in all alone on a short-handed breakaway before a low wrister lit the lamp for a 3-1 Oilers lead.
"Two short-handed goals is unacceptable," said Flyers forward Mike Richards. "You're not going to win any game if you allow that."
With under three minutes to play in the second, the Flyers were awarded a two- man advantage for two full minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net
"That was the turning point in the game," Richards said. "They killed that off and seemed to build off it."
At 6:17 of the third, the Flyers cut their deficit to 3-2 with a power-play goal by Kapanen. Mike Knuble stopped once he crossed the blue line, waited for Kapanen to catch up to the play and fired a cross-ice pass. Kapanen corralled the puck and beat Morrison with a blazing wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Philadelphia tried for the equalizer as the third period wound down, but managed just four shots on goal throughout the final session. With 1:16 remaining in regulation, the Flyers went on the power play when a hooking minor was called on Ales Hemsky. Niittymaki was pulled for the 6-on-4 advantage, but the Oilers held on for the victory.
Moreau's last two-goal game came on March 19, 2004 against Nashville...The last time the Flyers allowed two short-handed goals in a game was the season opener of the 2000-2001 season...Niittymaki was credited with an assist on Kapanen's goal...Edmonton improved to 10-7-0 on the road this season...The Oilers are unbeaten (3-0-1) in their last four meetings with the Flyers...Attendance was 19,411...Philly ended 1-for-8 on the power play, while Edmonton was 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
12/08 21:55:37 ET