He came into the Oilers’ zone from the left side and made a double move, first to freeze defenseman Andrew Ference, then goalie Devan Dubnyk.

That’s when Claude Giroux’s shot finally snapped a 21-game goal drought, lifting the weight of Wells Fargo Center off the captain’s shoulders.

“To see all the boys on the bench happy, too that was really fun,” Giroux said after the Flyers' 4-2 win over Edmonton. “I just wanted to put it on the net. Coming into the game, I said I was going to put it on net. That’s what I did.”

Instead of slamming his stick to the ice or trashing it altogether like he did in the second period after a double miss, Giroux held it high like an Olympic torch as his teammates surrounded him with congratulations.

“When I couldn’t be the player there to score the goal, I started smiling,” Giroux said. “It’s frustrating. It’s been a couple months now and it’s been tough, but getting that one got a lot of weight off. It’s a big win for us before we go on the road.”

Goalie Steve Mason left the net. Not to fight, but to celebrate with Giroux after the goal.

“Mace kept us in a lot of games this year and me and him have a good relationship,” Giroux said. “I go to him a lot and apologize for not putting the puck in the net. And he’s been great. Always pushing me, always telling me ‘it’s gonna come.’ Seeing him there was kinda cool.”

For the struggling Flyers, they hope this changes things throughout the lineup. Even Flyers enforcer Jay Rosehill got into the action with a goal that ended his personal 18-game skid.