Tuesday night was a must win game. Coming off a brutal effort Monday night in Toronto, the Philadelphia Flyers needed two points and they played like it. Up against a Winnipeg Jets team that has given the Flyers fits over the last few seasons; the Flyers were able to put together a gutsy victory, shorthanded, at the tail end of a three game in four day stretch and on the road. It was night, a game, two points, that this team needed.
Playing without forward Sean Couturier for the second straight night due to flu-like symptoms and on the road where life has not been kind to this team, the Flyers were able to grind out a 3-2 victory over the Jets.
The Flyers (6-7-1, 13pts) got the game’s first goal just over eight minutes into the first period when Brayden Schenn scored on a Jakub Voracek pass. Voracek brought the puck out from behind the night and hit Schenn buried it for his third goal of the season.
The Jets(5-6-1, 11pts) tied the game at 1-1 just over six minutes later when Andrew Ladd put a Blake Wheeler pass over the right shoulder of Flyers Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, the fifth goal of the season for the Jets forward.
The Flyers were able to capitalize on a the power play at the end of the first, against the league’s worst penalty kill unit, when defensemen Kimmo Timonen took Claude Giroux pass and put it past Jets goalie Al Montoya. The late first period goal gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead going the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, the Flyers got an insurance goal early in the third period when Voracek was able to keep a clearing attempt from Winnipeg in the offensive zone and hit a breaking Tye McGinn, to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
The insurance goal from McGinn proved to be huge for the Flyers, as Winnipeg got another goal from Ladd with less than a minute to play in the game, with an extra attacker on the ice. The Jets heroics were too little and too late.
A night after being pulled in Toronto, Bryzgalov was great when the team needed him to be. Bryz stopped 24 of 26 shots on the night and showed again he can make stops when it doesn’t seem likely, doesn’t seem possible and most importantly when his team needs it. It was good to see a strong effort after being pulled and that decision proved to be wise by head coach Peter Laviolette, saving his goaltender for the next night.
Tye McGinn had another strong showing, getting playing time while Scott Hartnell is nursing a broken foot. McGinn came up an assist short of the Gordie Howe hat trick, with his beat down of Mark Stuart during a second period fight and an early third period goal.
Another Flyer who had good night was Jake Vorecek, who had two more assists and has shown the last few games how effective he can be on the ice.
Same goes for Brayden Schenn, whose first period goal gave him seven points in his last seven games.
The Flyers will face another tough stretch when they travel to New Jersey this Friday, to start another run of three games in four days. The Flyers currently sit at tenth in the Eastern Conference standings and need points as this lockout shortened season continues to fly by all too quickly. A big win in Winnipeg may be just what this team needed to build some momentum on this huge six game road trip.Tags: Brayden Schenn, Claude Giroux, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, Kimmo Timonen, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Sean Couturier, Tye McGinn, win, Winnipeg Jets