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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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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