PHILADELPHIA -- With traffic snarled on the freeway out of downtown, the Edmonton Oilers bus rolled down Broad Street and through the baddest part of town, south Philadelphia, on the way to the rink last night.
Even more impressive than arriving unscathed after braving the road the Broad Street Bullies called their own in the 1970's, the Oilers waltzed into the Wachovia Centre, next door to the old Spectrum, and beat what's left of this edition of the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.
Ethan Moreau, a gap-toothed throwback to the time the Bullies ruled around here, tied a team record with two shorthanded goals and Mike Morrison did the rest as the Oilers won for the third straight time in the City of Brotherly Love and the fourth straight time on the road.
NOT SUCH TOUGH TURF
Not such tough turf, after all.
"It's another road victory that we take a lot of pride in," said Moreau, who took a pass from Jarret Stoll and notched what would stand as the winner at 13:56 of the second period. "We've beaten the best teams in their buildings.
"I've never had two (shorthanded) goals. Never. I probably should have had three. I had a lot of chances."
On a night the Flyers brought their A-game despite being riddled with injuries - they played without Peter Forsberg, Joni Pitkanen, Keith Primeau, Robert Esche and Eric Desjardins - Moreau was a one-man gang. If he has played a better game as an Oiler, it's difficult to remember when.
"We didn't start very well," understated coach Craig MacTavish. "When it's one or two guys, it's one thing, but it was pretty much an epidemic.
"The story for the game was Ethan. I mean, Ethan wins us the game. The guy comes to work every day. He's a professional in the true sense of the word. He won us the game."
BANGED IN HIS REBOUND
Moreau made it 1-0 with his first when he banged his own rebound off the goal line and past Antero Niittymaki 16 minutes into this tilt, only to see Branko Radivojevic get that one back after Cory Cross failed to clear the defensive zone 2:29 into the second period.
Stoll put the Oilers up again when he tapped in a nifty goalmouth pass from Ryan Smyth on a power play six minutes later. Then came Moreau.
Moreau got his second of the night and seventh of the season, taking a lob pass from Stoll and hot-footing it past Frederick Meyer before deking to his forehand and tucking it past Niittymaki.
Morrison, making his case in the ongoing goaltending dilemma involving Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen, gave up a power-play goal to Sami Kapanen six minutes into the third, but that's as close as the Flyers got.
"He was flying," said Morrison, tipping his cap to Moreau. "He had so many chances.
"It's funny. I'm sitting in the net in the third period and I saw him midway through. He was at the same speed as he was two minutes into this game. He's a freak of nature."
AROUND THE RINK: Mark Messier is the last Oiler to score two shorthanded goals in a game, and he turned the trick back on March 3, 1990 in a 5-3 win over the Flyers ... Stoll's goal was his 11th of the season, surpassing the 10 he scored in 68 games in 2003-04 as a rookie ... a Team Canada contingent, including Wayne Gretzky and Marc Habscheid, took in the game.