Flyers 2, Jets 1: Back on track

Updated: March 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm by Nick Borden

After five straight losses, the Flyers looked to turn things around back at home against Winnipeg.

First period

Both teams had plenty of chances in the first period, most notably a Patrik Laine one-timer that Petr Mrazek snagged with a nasty windmill glove save. The Jets came out firing, but were unable to capitalize on the Flyers slow start. The Flyers were awarded a power play after Dustin Byfuglien took down Shayne Gostisbehere, but they were unable to get anything going and the poor performance was met by scattered boos throughout the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers turned it up midway through the period and were able to create a few chances in the later half, but the first ended tied at zero.

Second period

Mrazek once again had to make a few great saves as the Flyers went on the power play early in the period, but somehow managed to give up a 3 on 1 which called Mrazek into action. Ultimately, the captain, Claude Giroux, opened the scoring 5:40 into the second with a sweet wrist shot from the wing that stung the top corner off a great cross ice pass from Valtteri Filppula and a perfect screen by Wayne Simmonds, 1-0 Flyers.

Just a few short minutes later, a scramble in front and Nolan Patrick sent a pass for his 23 points of the season to a Andrew MacDonald who took a quick shot that appeared to be robbed by the glove of Connor Hellebuyck, but an official review revealed that the Hellebuyck’s glove was actually over the goal line and the Flyers were awarded the goal, Patrick’s 23 points of the season, he’s stepped  2-0 with 12:59 left in the second period.

Mrazek was the story of the second making huge save after huge save, he looked really locked in during the second and was a key factor in killing off 2 big penalties. 2-0, Flyers after two.

Third period

The period started off with an instant delay of game penalty to Radko Gudas for dumping the puck over the glass, but the Flyers killed off the penalty with ease behind some great work from Petr Mrazek, and a few solid plays from Matt Read (yes, Matt Read is BACK).

Both teams continued to apply pressure after the penalty kill, but both goalies were rock solid all afternoon. But, with 11:30 to go in the game, Travis Konecny took a bad tripping penalty to put the Jets on their . Just 28 seconds later, Patrik Laine posted up at the top of the left wing circle and of course promptly picked the corner for his 40th goal of the season to pull the Jets within one.

No more real scares happened until the Jets pulled their goalie late in the third, but Petr Mrazek once again stood tall in net for the Flyers who were able to hang on and get the win the first time in their last six games. The Flyers now have 81 points and are tied with the Caps for second most in the Metropolitan Division.

Final Thoughts

This was an encouraging sign for the Flyers who were able to get back on track with a phenomenal 27 save effort from Petr Mrazek, who looked to be back at his best after getting some rest in Boston. The game was highlighted by some unlikely heroes for the Flyers; Jori Lehtera and Matt Read were all over both ends of the ice and Read was particularly strong creating a couple of chances for himself on the penalty kill. One thing we affirmed is that Patrik Laine has an insane slap shot with yet another blast from the top of the circle on the power play. But, the Flyers played well as a whole, were rock solid defensively, creating chances offensively, and were helped out by some really solid goaltending. All-in-all it’s a big win and it’s going to be beneficial to the Flyers to be able to build back some momentum with Vegas coming to town Monday night.

 

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