Moreau's two short-handed goals lift Oilers past Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- One man up or one down, the Edmonton Oilers
were superb on special teams.

Ethan Moreau scored two short-handed goals, leading the Edmonton
Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the undermanned Philadelphia Flyers on
Thursday night.

Jarret Stoll also scored for the Oilers, who won for the fifth
time in seven games.

"The story was Ethan," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "He
comes to work every day. He's a professional in every sense of the
word. He won the game for us with a couple great individual efforts
on the penalty-kill."

Branko Radivojevic and Sami Kapanen had goals for Philadelphia,
which was missing several key players.

The Flyers are without leading scorer Peter Forsberg (groin),
captain Keith Primeau (concussion), starting goaltender Robert
Esche (groin) and top defensemen Eric Desjardins (shoulder) and
Joni Pitkanen (sports hernia).

"It's definitely tough with Rico (Desjardins) out and Peter,"
Flyers center Jeff Carter said. "Guys got to step up. Obviously,
they're a part of our special teams, so as a whole, everybody needs
to get things back on track."

Stoll backhanded a shot past goalie Antero Niittymaki during a
power play to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead in the second period.

Stoll then set up Moreau's second short-handed goal with a long,
clearing pass. Moreau outraced two Flyers to get the puck, skated
in and slipped a shot past Niittymaki for his seventh goal to make
it 3-1 in the second.

"You look for a good spot on the ice and you jump on it,"
Moreau said. "We've been getting a lot of chances short-handed and
we're fortunate they finally went in."

With Jason Smith in the penalty box for slashing, Moreau scored
in the first. He picked up a loose puck near center ice, broke in
and snapped a wrister that bounced off Niittymaki and hit the post,
before Moreau tapped it in.

Philadelphia hadn't allowed a short-handed goal in its first 26
games. Calgary is the only remaining NHL team not to allow one this

"We pressure hard on our penalty-kill," Moreau said.
"Everything is a result of our pressure. It forces them to make

Radivojevic tied it at 1 early in the second period with a slap
shot from the slot. Kapanen wristed a shot from the right circle
past goalie Mike Morrison on a power play in the third period to
cut it to 3-2.

The Flyers had a two-man advantage for two minutes in the second
period, but couldn't score. They also were on the power play for
the final 1:16, but couldn't tie it.

Overall, Edmonton killed seven of eight penalties, outscoring
the Flyers 2-1 on Philadelphia's power-play opportunities.

"We didn't shoot the puck from the point. We had lanes. We had
three guys standing in front. We should've played the shot off the
goaltender," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We had new
personnel there and not a lot of days to work on it. We'll get
better at it, but we didn't shoot the puck."

Game notes
The Oilers are 4-1-1 in Philadelphia since the 1998-99
season. ... Edmonton played its second of 10 against Eastern
Conference opponents, with all the games being played between Dec.
3 and Jan. 16. ... The Flyers hadn't allowed a short-handed goal
since Toronto's Gary Roberts scored one on March 18, 2004. They
allowed just three short-handed goals the entire 2003-04 season.
... Niittymaki assisted on Kapanen's goal. ... The Oilers beat the
Flyers twice in the Stanley Cup finals in the 1980s.