It wasn’t so much about Connor McDavid on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center as it was that the last goal wins.
And it wasn't McDavid who scored last, either.
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The Flyers extended their winning streak to seven games on Thursday night with a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Michael Raffl's brilliant move off the boards broke a 5-5 tie with 1:29 left in regulation. The Flyers scored three times in the both the second and third periods.
Trailing 2-0 in the second period, the Flyers ripped off three goals in 1:12 to take a shocking 3-2 lead on the Oilers.
They then got a power play, but McDavid negated it with a brilliant play to set up the tying goal going into the third period.
The Flyers trailed by two early in that stanza, but tied it 5-5 on goals from Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux.
Edmonton came into the game with the best road record in the NHL: 8-4-3. These guys aren’t road kill for the home team by any stretch. In case you’re wondering, the Islanders have the worst road record: 2-6-1.
How about McDavid kicking the puck to teammate Mark Letestu after being tied up on the boards by Andrew MacDonald and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for a goal that tied the game a 3-3 minutes after Flyers scored their three?
Leon Draisaitl’s goal in the opening five minutes was Mr. Softie material on Steve Mason. Not much he could do on some others in this one. The same could be said for the Oilers’ Jonas Gustavsson.
Voracek had the lone goal on the PP in the third period. Mark Streit’s goal that ignited three straight in the second period came after a power play had ended. However, the Flyers also gave up another shorthanded goal.
Andrej Sekera’s shortie late in the second period made it 3-3. The Flyers have given up a league-high seven shorthanded goals.
McDavid scored his first power-play goal of the season in the second period to make it a 2-0 game on a one-timer from the circle. Hard to believe, Harry, that the league’s stop scorer didn’t have a power-play goal until now. Oscar Klefbom had a PPG in the third period that gave the Oilers a 5-3 lead.
The Flyers thought they scored with 11:54 left in third. They were trailing, 5-4, but the whistle and play had been blown dead several seconds prior.
McDavid and Brandon Manning mixed it up a bit in the first period but no fight.
Defensemen Nick Schultz (healthy) and Michael Del Zotto (illness), forwards Boyd Gordon (healthy), Sean Couturier (left knee) and Matt Read (oblique pull), goalie Michal Neuvirth (left knee).
The Flyers practice at Skate Zone on Friday at 11 a.m. They host the Dallas Stars at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday at 1 p.m.