Fly-by: Flyers 5, Jets 4 in OT
Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 6:25 PM / News
GUTSY WINPeter Laviolette said it best in his post-game press conference.
Tonight's 5-4 win in overtime was just a gutsy win by the group.
It was a win that came within nine seconds of not happening at all.
Not giving up at any point in the see-saw battle, Claude Giroux started a rush up ice in the final minute.
James van Riemsdyk took it from his own blueline and past the Jets own goal line where he threw a pass to Wayne Simmonds who forced the puck past Jets' goaltender Ondrej Pavelec with 9.7 seconds left on the clock to stun the Jets and force overtime.
The rush didn't end with regulation however. The Flyers pushed by playing four forwards at certain points in the extra session.
Jaromir Jagr capped off a Flyers victory that saw the club fire 55 shots on net, which tied a club record for a regular season road game and gain an important two full points in the standings.
Those 55 shots were a product of the persistent offense. The Flyers have produced 16 goals in the last three games, while continuing to hold the NHL lead in goals scored (197).
Perhaps even more important was the Flyers defense, which included Pavel Kubina's Flyers debut, that held the Jets to just 26 shots on goal through 64 minutes of play, including five in the third period.
The win was the Flyers first against the Jets this year, and third game in the four-game season series that was decided by one goal.
|In addition to tonight’s 55 shots, the Flyers had 48 shots in the 9-8 loss to Winnipeg on October 27.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time since the 1984-85 season that the Flyers have posted 48 or more shots against the same team twice in one season:
Oct. 18, 1984 – 58 shots in 13-2 win vs. Vancouver
Dec. 28, 1984 – 50 shots in 7-4 win at Vancouver
The 55 shots tied a Flyers franchise record for most shots in a road game. They had 55 shots in a 4-3 overtime win at Boston on March 1, 2007.
The Flyers are now 4-4-1 this season when posting 40 or more shots and are 9-9-2 over the last two seasons when doing so.
The Flyers have benefitted from a goal by either Max Talbot or Wayne Simmonds in six consecutive games and in 13 of the last 18 games overall. This is the second time in the last three games that both players have scored in the same game.
Claude Giroux now has eight points (1G, 7A) in his last three games. He recorded a career-high 10 shots on goal tonight.
And for that Jagr gets tonight's Flyers Star.
The goal was also Jagr's 16th career overtime goal, which is a new NHL record.
Off a great play from Danny Briere, Jagr planted himself in front of the net just below the hash-marks and fired off a quick shot low and to Pavelec's blocker side to give the Flyers the full two points in the standings
|"Well, a couple of minutes earlier I missed a chance with an open net shot. The puck hit the post. I skated back to the bench and Wayne Simmonds told me 'Max, just relax, you'll be fine. You'll get another chance.' And like he said, a couple of shifts later I got the same type of shot and I didn't want to miss my chance again."
- Max Talbot
"It was one of those gutsy efforts that you look back on... It might have been one of our best [and] toughest wins."
- Peter Laviolette
|Tonight's turning point rests on the shoulders of James van Riemsdyk.
Taking a pass from Claude Giroux at their own blueline, van Riemsdyk weaved his way from side-to-side through the neutral zone and along the opposite boards into the Jets zone.
Curling to the net just past the goalline, van Riemsdyk flicked a pass to Wayne Simmonds who scored the game-tying goal with nine seconds left on the clock.
The goal sent the game into overtime and gave the Flyers the momentum, paving the way for Jagr's heroics.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: Jagr salutes seconds after scoring the game-winning goal in OT.
Flyers 5, Jets 4 in OT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Jaromir Jagr scored at 4:16 of overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.
Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds sent the game into the extra period with a goal with 10 seconds left in regulation.