Ilkka Sinisalo scored the winning goal at 16:33 of the final period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat visiting Edmonton, 7-5, last night and ended the Oilers' record season-opening undefeated streak at 15 games.
Edmonton, which hasn't beaten the Flyers in six games over the last two seasons, is 12-1-3. The Oilers on Friday night against Washington had broken the old NHL mark of 14 games without a loss at the start of a season, set by Montreal in the 1943-1944 campaign.
"We'll just go after another (streak)," said Coach Glen Sather. "We have the same number of points as last year. Records, anyway, are something for reporters to write about."
Sinisalo's goal came 31 seconds after Flyers defenseman Mark Howe broke a 4-4 tie, taking a feed from Dave Poulin and scoring from about 35 feet, his shot going in off the glove of goalie Andy Moog. Brian Propp gave the Flyers an insurance goal with three seconds left.
Edmonton's Brent Anderson opened the scoring when he tipped in a shot off the stick of Charlie Huddy from just inside the blueline at 2:06 of the opening period. With the Flyers on a power play, Tim Kerr threw a rebound of a Howe shot under Moog from about five feet to tie the score at 6:51.
The Flyers went ahead, 2-1, on their second power play goal. Propp flipped a rebound from inside the top of the right wing circle at 13:58.
Edmonton tied the score on a power play just 57 seconds into the second period when Jari Kurri scored on a shot from the top of the left circle, it going between goalie Pelle Lindbergh's legs.
Edmonton went ahead, 3-2, at 8:43 of the second period on the first of Wayne Gretzky's two goals.
With each team skating a man short, Dave Poulin picked up a loose puck at center ice and beat Moog from about five feet at 19:18 of the second period.
Edmonton moved ahead, 4-3, on Gretzky's second goal of the game and 17th of the season. He scored on a 50-foot slap shot over Lindbergh's left leg just inside the far post at 7:02 of the third period.
The Flyers tied it, 4-4, at 13:40 of the third period when Lindsay Carson deflected a shot past Moog.
After Howe and Sinisalo scored, Kurri made it 6-5 with his 18th goal of the season at 19:33.