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Fly-by: Jets 2, Flyers 1 (SO)

Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 6:25 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Jets 2, Flyers 1 (SO)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
FINAL SO
2 - 1
FINAL SO 1 2 3 OT SO T
Jets 0 1 0 0 1 (1-3) 2
Flyers 1 0 0 0 0 (0-3) 1
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GOAL SCORERS

WPG:   C. Thorburn (02:06 - 2nd) , B. Little (00:00 - SO)
PHI:   B. Schenn (PPG, 15:11 - 1st)
GOALIES

WPG: O. Pavelec (W)

   
  Laviolette 
  Jagr    Hartnell   Bryzgalov
QUITE DIFFERENT
After 27 goals were scored in the team's first two meetings of the season series, fans at the Wells Fargo Center couldn't help but expect another run and gun, offensive type of affair.

Instead they were treated to the exact opposite.

Over 10 minutes had passed in the first period before an actual shot on net was recorded. Both teams didn't seem to have their skating legs as a result from the five-day rest for All-Star break.

“He was upset even after the first, I don’t blame him," said Jaromir Jagr of head coach Peter Laviolette. "That’s what happens when you have five days off.  Neither team played good, they didn’t play very well either."

The Jets recorded the game's first official shot at 9:24 mark, but the Flyers got on the board first with a power-play goal from Brayden Schenn.

Bryzgalov was beaten early in the second period to knot the game back up at 1-1 and that's all that got by the net minders until the very last player in the shootout.

That player was Jets' right wing Bryan Little to give Winnipeg a 2-1 shootout win.

"We didn't have our legs under us the first two periods it seems. The first two periods were a little bit hesitant with what we were doing out there," said Laviolette. "We got going in the third period. Gave ourselves a chance to win the game, but we couldn't get it done.”
 
Third period action picked up significantly with end-to-end action, but each team's defense, not to mention the goaltending also picked up.

The game was also the third straight contest the Flyers participated in a shootout.
The Flyers have gone to the shootout three consecutive games for the first time since last March, when they had four consecutive shootouts from March 17-24.  They went 1-3 in those shootouts.
 
The Flyers are now 1-4 in shootouts this year and are 20-38 all-time.
 
Flyers shootout shooters are now 5-for-15 this season.
 
With Brayden Schenn’s goal tonight, the Flyers have now gotten a goal from a rookie in 12 of their last 14 games, including nine of their last 10.
 
Claude Giroux returned to the plus-side of the faceoff ledger tonight by going 13-for-21 (62 percent) in the circle.  He has been 50 percent or better in nine of his last ten games.
 
The Flyers now have a power-play goal in four consecutive games.  They are 7-for-17 (41 percent) in that span.  The unit is 15-for-63 (23.8 percent) in the last 16 games.
 
Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier led the Flyers with five shots apiece, while Max Talbot and Tom Sestito led the club with five hits apiece.

Ilya Bryzgalov
Despite the loss, Ilya Bryzgalov gets tonight's star.

Fighting a full nine days off from game action, Bryzgalov was very sharp in net for the Flyers giving them a chance to win on several occasions.

In total, he stopped 23 of 24 shots through regulations and overtime and the first two players in the shootout.

"The puck was sitting under the goalie I really didn't know where it was. I just banged away and the puck crossed the line by about an inch."
- Brayden Schenn

“Well, I was glad to play.  On whatever line, I was glad to play after ten days.  It probably was better for me to start on a different line, and probably less pressure.  I could slowly get into the game.”
- Jaromir Jagr
Tonight's turning point came early in the second period when Chris Thorburn knotted the score at 1-1. The goal didn't change much shift in momentum, but with the score tied and the team's defense and goaltending playing so well the game seemed destined for overtime and the eventual shootout.

In the shootout, both teams were stopped, until the very last player, Jets' Bryan Little slid a puck under Bryzgalov to give the Jets the victory by the slimmest of margins. It was also their third win over the Flyers this season and second by a one-goal margin.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Bryzgalov scrambles to make a save with a flurry of Jets surrounding the net. 

Jets 2, Flyers 1 (SO)
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bryan Little had the only goal during a shootout, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Jets have won six straight games in Philadelphia, including four when they were the Atlanta Thrashers, since a 5-3 loss on Jan. 21, 2009. The franchise has beaten the Flyers in nine of the last 10 meetings.

  FULL RECAP

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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