Flyers finally score at home, top Oilers, 4-2

Posted: November 11, 2013

In an unusual move, joy-struck goalie Steve Mason, his smile seemingly as long as the blue line, made a mad dash to the bench Saturday afternoon to congratulate the relieved little center who had just ended the longest goalless streak of his career.

Captain Claude Giroux scored in the third period, snapping a 21-game drought that stretched to last season. As it turned out, his goal was the game-winner as the Flyers outlasted the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center.

"It was a special occasion for 'G' there," Mason said. "It was a big goal, but I was extremely happy to see something finally go his way because he has been working his tail off every single game."

Giroux said the goal "kind of took the weight off. It's a big win for us before we go on the road."

"I expect him to start rolling now," winger Jay Rosehill said.

After missing two great scoring chances earlier in the game, Giroux went to the bench and broke his stick in frustration. He finished with 10 shots - four on goal - and scored after making a nifty move to get free for a left-circle shot that beat Devan Dubnyk to the short side with 8 minutes, 34 seconds left, giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead.

"It seemed like he had the puck on his stick almost the whole night," said Scott Hartnell, who scored the Flyers' second goal. ". . . That's the old 'G' that we know and everyone's learned to love. I think he's back now."

"I couldn't be happier for him; it's been a tough stretch of the season for him," Mason said after making 24 saves. "He puts so much pressure on himself. For every game that he's out there and hasn't scored a goal, I assume it was weighing on him, weighing on him."

Rosehill, the team's enforcer, scored the first goal as he redirected a terrific setup by defenseman Mark Streit (plus-3), who also had the primary assist on Hartnell's goal. Rosehill's goal, his first of the season and fourth of his career, gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead and snapped their 175:22 home scoreless streak - a franchise record. The Flyers had gone eight-plus consecutive periods at home without a goal.

Edmonton, taking advantage of a Giroux turnover, cut a 2-0 deficit in half on David Perron's power-play goal with 1:35 to go in the second period.

After Giroux made it 3-1, Edmonton got close on Taylor Hall's goal with 6:35 left, but Vinny Lecavalier iced it with his sixth goal of the season with 3:37 to play.

"It was great. We didn't hear a boo here all night for the first time in a long time," Hartnell cracked.

Giroux said the team's meeting after Thursday's listless, 3-0 loss to the Devils was helpful. "The idea is to do it for each other," he said.

Breakaways. Giroux said he has been apologizing lately to Mason "for not putting the puck in the net. He's been telling me to keep going, that it'll come." . . . The Flyers entered the game as the league's lowest-scoring team (1.47 goals per game), while the Oilers were allowing a league-high 3.82 goals per contest. . . . It marked just the second time all season the Flyers had scored more than two goals in a game. . . . Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, signed by Edmonton on Friday, was not at the Wells Fargo Center and attended one of his children's hockey games. . . . Giroux's car, parked in a parking lot, was backed into Friday night. The center said no one was in his car at the time of the accident.



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