|Date of game: 11/4/2014
Recap: Philadelphia vs. Edmonton
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Mason stopped 35-of-36 shots to earn his first win of the season, while Jakub Voracek tallied twice as Philadelphia topped Edmonton by a 4-1 count on Tuesday.
Entering play, Mason was 0-4-1 with a 3.55 goals-against average along with an .887 save percentage, and the only game in which he participated that the Orange and Black won, was a 6-5 overtime decision on Oct. 18 in Dallas where he was pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots in two periods.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Luke Schenn also lit the lamp for the Flyers, who kicked off a four-game homestand on the right note.
"We had a really good first period," Voracek said. "We were cycling the puck very well and when we're skating good things happen and we were in the right spot and scored two goals."
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins supplied the lone offense for the Oilers, who began a five-game road trip and lost despite committing one penalty and not giving up a power-play chance. Viktor Fasth surrendered all four markers on just 25 shots.
"The fact of the matter is we can't have just five or six guys step up," Oilers head coach Dallas Akin said. "If you're not maximizing your potential you are doing your team a terrible disservice and that's the difference of the game."
Philly took a 3-0 lead at 4:09 of the second, as Chris VandeVelde's one-timer from the left circle managed to slither its way through Fasth's pads before Bellemare tapped it over the goal line.
Nugent-Hopkins then channeled speedy Oilers of generations past when he soloed from the right wing into the slot, beating two Flyers in the process, to put the Oilers on the board just shy of the midway point of regulation.
The Schenn brothers combined to restore the Flyers' three-goal edge at 12:01, with forward Brayden winning a battle behind the net and dishing back to defenseman Luke for a shot that beat Fasth through the crook of his arm.
Mason slid easily across the crease from right to left to smother a David Perron shot from the left circle off a 3-on-2 break with just over two minutes left in the second.
Mason kept his club ahead by three goals on an Edmonton power play early in the third, extending fully to shunt away a Nail Yakupov drive with his blocker.
The Oilers hit two more posts in the ensuing minutes, and failed to solve Mason in the third period despite 10 shots on goal.
Voracek took the game's first penalty, but produced the game's first goal by retrieving his own blocked centering pass behind Fasth, changing direction and slamming the puck inside the right post at 3:59.
Voracek doubled the hosts' advantage with 3:56 remaining, when another attempted pass found its way back to his stick for a successful shot from the high slot.Game Notes
Mason's last regular-season win was a 38-save, 5-2 result at Florida on April
8 ... Voracek has collected six multi-point efforts in 12 games this season
and also recorded his ninth two-goal game as a Flyer ... Philadelphia has
taken three in a row on home ice against Edmonton, but the Oilers have won
five of nine there since 2000 ... Prior to the contest, the Flyers placed
little-used forward Blair Jones on waivers with the purpose of assigning him
to Lehigh Valley (AHL) ... The Oilers played without the services of forward
Taylor Hall (sprained MCL) and defenseman Andrew Ference (suspension) ...
Flyers forward Michael Raffl left the game in the third period after blocking
a shot and was ruled to have suffered a lower-body injury.