Flyers drop Oilers to win battle of basement

Edmonton's Philip Larsen checks Philadelphia's Micheal Raffi (Eric Hartline/USA Today).

Edmonton's Philip Larsen checks Philadelphia's Micheal Raffi (Eric Hartline/USA Today).

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Things might be bad with the Philadelphia Flyers this season, but at least they can take solace in the fact they’re not the Edmonton Oilers.

Seemingly wherever things are sour, a visit from the Oilers makes it all better.

Saturday afternoon, in a battle of basement dwellers, the Flyers looked the far superior team in a 4-2 victory, which shouldn’t have been that close.

Jay Rosehill, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Vincent Lacavalier scored for the Flyers, while David Perron and Taylor Hall countered for the Oilers.

Devan Dubnyk turned away 30 shots for the Oilers, while Steve Mason made 24 saves for the Flyers.

The loss drops the Oilers further out of a playoff spot, which is essentially a pipe dream now even though there are over five months left in the season.

This will be the longest death march in franchise history, which is saying something for a team that finished last two straight years and second-last in another.

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