Former Flyers foil new foes

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Geoff Sanderson has scored many a goal in his NHL career.

But his first last night against the Philadelphia Flyers proved to be pretty sweet.

It was his first as an Edmonton Oiler. It came against his former team. And it tied the game with five seconds left in the second period.

"Marty (Reasoner) just fired it through the crease and I was driving to the net with my stick on the ice," Sanderson said. "I just re-directed it. I didn't really see the puck, it might have went off my leg I'm not really sure."

SEALS THE DEAL

Sanderson went on to score an empty-net marker to seal the contest. It was a good way to finish his first game up against his former team.

"I was really nervous at the start of the game, I was pretty embarrassed the way things went for me there last year," Sanderson said. "It's nice that I can still go out and contribute like that. I can't say that I had any extra motivation for them, but it was sweet at the end."

Not to be out-done, Joni Pitkanen also scored against his former team, being awarded the winning goal early in the third period.

OFFSEASON DEALS

The two were acquired by the Oilers this offseason in a trade which sent former captain Jason Smith and local product Joffrey Lupul the other way.

Pitkanen was awarded the winning goal in the third period after Mike Knuble kicked it past Biron. The Oilers defenceman - who was much maligned in Philadelphia last year - jumped up on a rush and fired the puck on goal which bounced out in front.

Knuble, who was back-checking on the play booted the puck past Biron.

"It's nice to get that first one out of the way," Sanderson said.

"Sometimes it can drag on and that can be a little bit of a burden. It's nice to get the first one under my belt."


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