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

Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 6:25 PM / 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 - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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