November 2, 2008 / 11:16 PM / 10 years ago

Hemsky's two goals help Oilers snap Flyers's winning streak

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Ales Hemsky scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers ended the Philadelphia Flyers’s four-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Sunday.

Edmonton Oilers Ales Hemsky (83) is dumped by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew Alberts (41) during the first period of their NHL ice hockey game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2, 2008. Alberts was called for tripping on the play. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

Hemsky also had an assist on Dustin Penner’s second period goal that gave the Oilers a game-winning 5-2 lead.

Erik Cole and Sheldon Souray had the other goals for the Oilers (6-4-1), who won their second successive game after losing five consecutive.

“It was a good remedy for what has been ailing us in terms of getting some offense,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish told reporters.

Tom Gilbert added three assists for Edmonton, victors over Philadelphia for the fourth successive time.

The Eastern Conference Flyers (4-4-3) never led.

Mike Knuble’s power play goal equaled Cole’s opening score but the next two goals belonged to Hemsky before Braydon Coburn scored on another power play for Philadelphia 8:10 into the second period to make it a 3-2 game.

The Western Conference Oilers then surged to a 5-2 advantage on goals by Souray and Penner.

Philadelphia had the next two goals, a power play score by Jeff Carter late in the second period and Simon Gagne’s goal just 20 seconds into the third period, but Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson checked the Flyers the remainder of the game.

Roloson finished with 22 saves, none bigger than his four in the third period when Philadelphia had a chance to tie the score.

“It looked good on the scoreboard,” Philadelphia’s Knuble told reporters when asked about the Flyers’s comeback bid, “but it was not the effort that we wanted.

“To give up five goals is not how we have been successful.”

Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; editing by Pritha Sarkar

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