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Flyers win shootout over Oilers, former goaltender Bryzgalov

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Raffl scored the winner in the shootout as the Philadelphia Flyers took a 4-3 win over Ilya Bryzgalov and Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

After Sam Gagner missed the net on a backhand attempt, Raffl skated down and out to the left, out-waiting Bryzgalov before throwing the puck in under the crossbar for the win.

"I didn't really expect to be sent out there," Raffl said. "I really enjoyed it."

It was the first time Philly had faced Bryzgalov since releasing him over the summer. He had signed an 8-year, $51 million deal with the team prior to the start of the 2011 season, but inconsistent play along with behavior issues saw the team buy out the final six years of his deal.

He signed a one-year deal with Edmonton in November, and was making his ninth appearance on the season.

Wayne Simmonds scored twice while Scott Hartnell added a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who snapped a six-game losing streak as the guests. Steve Mason made 13 saves in the win.

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist while David Perron and Ryan Nugent- Hopkins each scored for the Oilers, who had won their previous two. Bryzgalov made 35 stops in defeat.

"I think we battled through and tried our best," Bryzgalov said. "It was great to get the point."

It took all of 32 seconds for the Oilers to score, as Hall stripped Braydon Coburn of the puck and snapped a quick shot on net from the low right circle over the right shoulder of Mason.

Less than four minutes later, it was a 2-0 lead for Edmonton as Nugent-Hopkins skated in down the right point and made a nifty move to get around Mark Streit and wristed the puck home.

Philly got a goal back on the power play at 3:37 of the second period when Claude Giroux sent a pass from the right circle to the left where Simmonds one-timed it past Bryzgalov.

The Flyers then tied the game at 12:13 of the second again on the power play. Hartnell sent the disc from the slot to the low right side where Jakub Voracek sent it the other way and Simmonds redirected it in.

Edmonton took a 3-2 lead at 11:52 of the third with a power-play goal of its own as Perron tried the pass the puck from the low left side, but it went off of Nicklas Grossman and slid past Mason.

Skating 5-on-3, though, the Flyers tied the game with 5:32 to play in the third as Kimmo Timonen blasted a one-timer from the left point that Hartnell redirected in.

Mason made the lead stand up and send the game to overtime when he stopped Perron on a clean breakaway with just over two minutes to play.

Game Notes

Edmonton plays in Phoenix on Tuesday ... Philadelphia plays in Vancouver on Monday ... Philly has won three of the last four against Edmonton ... The Flyers were 3-for-5 on the power play while the Oilers finished the game 1- for-5.

12/29 02:48:37 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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