The Jets flew into the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, home of the Flyers, on Tuesday night for their first game since the All Star Break. Winnipeg had gone 3 games without a win coming into this one and not many had predicted this trend wouldn’t continue. However, continue it would not, with the Jets coming away with the victory after an impressive 2-1 win after a shoot-out.
The win moved the Jets to within 3 points of the second placed, Florida Panthers, and 4 points off of the top team in the Southeast, the Washington Capitals and having said that, the Winnipeg Jets have played more games than their counterparts thus far this season.
Jets goalie, Ondrej Pavelec, has been huge for them this season and last night’s game was no different. Pavelec constantly denied the Flyers during the 65 minutes played, saving 27 from 28 shots and stoned every Flyers shot in the ensuing shoot-out giving Bryan Little the chance to seal the game, which he did.
It took until 10:36 for the game to produce its first shot on goal, thankfully things heated up after that. With 4:49 left in the opening period, the Flyers struck to take the lead. An awful penalty call on Chris Thorburn led to Brayden Schenn poking the puck barely into the net on the powerplay.
It was an unlikely hero that got the Jets back into the game, Chris Thorburn popped up with his first of the season to make the game a tie. The goal came 2:06 into the second period when Antropov produced a nice pass straight to Thorburn who snapped a beautiful shot to the left of Bryzgalov.
Winnipeg had a stellar chance to win the game late in the third but Ladd couldn’t convert the puck past a prone Bryzgalov.
Overtime could not provide a winner so the teams got ready for a shoot-out. Pavelec denied all 3 Flyers and the first 2 Jets shooters missed, this meant that Bryan Little had Winnipeg’s fate in his hands and he did not let them down, he went five-hole on Bryzgalov and luckily the slot was open.
Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 2 – 1 Philadelphia Flyers (SO)
Goalie Stats -
Winnipeg – O.Pavelec – 27 saves from 28 shots
Philadelphia – I.Bryzgalov – 23 saves from 24 shots
3 Stars -
1. Bryan Little(WPG)
2. Ondrej Pavelec(WPG)
3. Brayden Schenn(PHI)
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