By Sam Bush
It seems like only yesterday that the Flyers were gaining traction and steam in their push for the playoffs.
Last night in Edmonton, they ran out of both, and all is left of their season is the dream of:
What might have been.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals, including the winner 2:46 into the extra period as the Oilers beat the Flyers 5-4 on Saturday night.
Teddy Purcell, Matt Hendricks and Jordan Eberle scored in regulation for the Oilers (20-39-13), who have won two of three.
Claude Giroux netted two goals, and Ryan White and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers (29-29-16), who have lost four in a row and eight of nine.
They are now 10 points behind the Bruins for the last playoff spot with 8 games to play.
“It’s frustrating and disappointing not being able to find a way to win this game,” Giroux said. “We did a lot of good things. We just have to be better.”
The Flyers fell to 9-20-10 this season on the road.
“If we had an answer for that, we could correct it,” said Flyers goalie Ray Emery, who got the start when Steve Mason came down with an illness shortly before the game. “We have a good record at home, but haven’t been getting it done on the road.”
Edmonton started the scoring just 51 seconds in. Eberle stole the puck from defenseman Nicklas Grossman behind the Flyers net and sent it in front to Nugent-Hopkins, who scored his 21st goal of the season past Emery.
The Flyers tied it 4:25 into the first period when Giroux scored his 20th goal with a quick wrist shot from the slot that beat Edmonton starter Ben Scrivens.
Philly made it 2-1 with 8:00 to play in the first as Giroux sent a power-play shot through traffic for his second of the game.
Just 2:17 later, Nikita Nikitin’s giveaway led to a 2-on-1 break for the Flyers that White finished to give Philadelphia a two-goal lead.
Edmonton got one back with 3:45 left in the opening frame when Purcell ripped in a one-timed drive.
The Oilers tied it 3-3 with 31 seconds remaining in the first as a rebound dropped in front of Hendricks on the doorstep, and he banged the puck past Emery.
Just 1:11 into the second, Edmonton regained the lead as Benoit Pouliot sprung Eberle, who scored with a backhand.
The Flyers tied it 4-4 at 46 seconds of the third period when Raffl scored on a hard wrist shot from the top of the circle.