PHILADELPHIA – Jeff Carter scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Tuesday night to snap a season-high four-game losing streak.
Danny Briere and Blair Betts also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots.
Jean-Francois Jacques scored for Edmonton, which is last in the West. The Oilers had won three in a row.
The slumping Flyers had seen their lead in the East shrink from double digits to just two points. Coach Peter Laviolette gave the team off on Monday after a 7-0 loss at the New York Rangers. Philadelphia had been outscored 12-1 in the previous two games after taking a 2-0 lead against Buffalo on Saturday.
The rest paid off. Players looked fresh early and the Flyers dominated the first period.
They could've started with six skaters because the Oilers didn't register a shot until 1:15 remained in the first, and it took a power play for Edmonton to get something going.
The Oilers were unbeaten (6-0-1) in their last seven games against the Flyers, and hadn't lost in Philadelphia since Nov. 9, 2000.
But this isn't nearly the same rivalry it used to be in the 1980s when Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Grant Fuhr helped Edmonton beat the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals twice in a three-year span.
Briere scored on a breakaway midway through the opening period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. He took a pass from Matt Carle near the blue line, skated alone down the middle and fired a wrister past goalie Devan Dubnyk. Briere snapped an eight-game goal-less drought with his 29th of the season.
Carter's power-play goal late in the first made it 2-0. He slipped a centering pass from Briere through Dubnyk's legs. Carter put the Flyers up 3-0 in the second period with his 30th goal. Kimmo Timonen set it up with a perfect pass to Carter in the slot.
Carter had missed two of the last three games with the flu.
Less than a minute later, the Oilers cut it to 3-1 when Jacques deflected a shot by Ladislav Smid past Bobrovsky.
Notes: The Flyers signed F Harry Zolnierczyk from Brown University and assigned him to their AHL affiliate. Zolnierczyk was the Ivy League Player of the Year his senior season. ... Carter has scored 30 goals three straight seasons. ... Briere is closing in on his fourth 30-goal campaign. ... Jacques' goal was his fourth in 39 games. ... This was the only meeting between the teams this season.