"We ran into some collapses where guys looked like they weren't used to the system or used to each other," Briere said. "As much the forwards as the defenseman. The frustrating part is that we were able to bounce back in the game and then blew it in the third period. We had our chances but it was a little disappointing."
The Oilers had the bulk of the good chances in the scoreless first period, peppering Flyers goalie Martin Biron with 16 shots while Philadelphia was only able to get four shots on Edmonton's Mathieu Garon.
Edmonton's hard work finally paid off 4 minutes into the second as Staios' shot bounced off a Flyers player in front and through Biron's legs to put the Oilers ahead 1-0.
The Flyers tied the game 5 minutes later as Lupul's shot bounced off of Garon and Carter was there to bat the puck out of mid-air and in.
The Oilers edged back ahead again 3 minutes after that as Penner snapped a shot past Biron.
However, Briere tied it again less than 2 minutes after that as he skated past two defensemen and beat Garon with a nifty move for his third goal of the season.
Philadelphia took its first lead when Briere found Gagne in front of the net and he beat Garon stick-side with a quick shot.
Edmonton was able to even it up again going into the third, scoring with just 4.8 seconds left in the second when Marty Reasoner's no-look pass through the crease was tipped in by Sanderson -- his first as an Oiler and coming against his former team to tie the game 3-3.
Sanderson added an empty-netter to close out the contest.
Former Oilers captain Smith and Lupul were making their first appearance in Edmonton as Flyers while the players that went the other way, Pitkanen and Sanderson, both suited up for the first time against Philadelphia. ... The Oilers honored Smith, their captain for the past five years, with a video presentation before the game. The longest serving captain in Oilers history, Smith was given a standing ovation. ... New Oilers captain Ethan Moreau missed his second straight game with a foot injury. ... It is the only meeting between the two teams this year and the first time the Flyers have visited Edmonton in five years. ... Before the game, the Oilers announced general manager Kevin Lowe has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will see him guide the team through the 2011-12 season.
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Arena: Rexall Place Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Stephane Auger, Paul Devorski Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 16,839 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
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Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Steve Staios (1)
Assists: Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky
Jeff Carter (1)
Assists: Joffrey Lupul, Braydon Coburn
Dustin Penner (1)
Assists: Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff
Daniel Briere (3)
Assists: Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble
Simon Gagne (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Daniel Briere, Kimmo Timonen