Cam Atkinson’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and sent the visiting Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
The Oilers took their first loss of the season after five wins. The Flyers prevailed in their first road game of the campaign.
Claude Giroux, Nate Thompson and Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers, who received a 34-save performance from goaltender Carter Hart. Couturier added an assist.
Tyson Barrie and Connor McDavid each had a goal and an assist, Zach Hyman scored and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tallied two assists for the Oilers. Goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 29 shots.
With the score tied 3-3, Atkinson wired a slap shot from just inside the right circle at 4:18 of the final frame to net his sixth goal of the campaign. He and Giroux became first Philadelphia players since Jakub Voracek in 2014-15 to register points in each of the first five games of a season.
Couturier’s empty-net goal in the final minute rounded out the scoring.
The clubs skated to a wild opening 21 minutes, with the Flyers twice blowing leads. Giroux netted his fourth goal of the season when he opened the scoring on a wraparound at the 7:22 mark.
Thompson doubled the lead at 10:05 when he took advantage of Koskinen mishandling the puck behind the net and converted on a wraparound in the ensuing chaos.
Barrie put the hosts on the board 35 seconds later with a sharp-angled backhander for his first goal of the season.
McDavid’s fortuitous power-play goal — his pass ricocheted off a defender’s skate and into the net for his seventh goal of the season — came with 17.8 seconds remaining in the opening period.
Atkinson put the Flyers ahead again seemingly in the blink of an eye when he batted a bouncing puck into the net with 0.6 seconds remaining in the period. However, Hyman zipped a one-timer, set up by McDavid, 54 seconds into the second period to again even the score 3-3.
With the assist, McDavid became just the seventh player in league history to open the season with six consecutive multi-point games.
–Field Level Media