Jets Grab Extra Point In Philly With Shootout Win
The Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers met for the third time this season on Tuesday night and Bryan Little would be the deciding shooter in the shoot-out to give the Jets the extra point in a tight Eastern Conference match up.
Winnipeg started the game with some early pressure, but couldn't manage to put any pucks on net. In what was a recurring theme over the first 10 minutes of the game, Philadelphia also put together some good quality shifts but couldn't seem to give the opposing net minder any work.
After the midway point, both teams began to find their stride and started to exchange possession and chances quite fluidly. Although the Flyers are one of the best teams in the league at clogging up the neutral zone, Winnipeg managed to break wide a few times on the rush only be turned away by Illya Bryzgalov.
At 13:32 of the 1st period, Scott Hartnell was doing what he does best and got under the skin of Winnipeg's Chris Thorburne. In a tactic that was meant to generate a retaliation, Hartnell would get his wish as Thorburne took a swat at the gritty Flyer with an open glove, drawing a roughing call against the Jets. On the ensuing power play, Philadelphia would get on the board as former Brandon Wheat King Brayden Schenn would drive the net and stick with the play, and push one by Ondrej Pavelec, to make it 1-0 Flyers at the end of the 1st.
The Jets started the 2nd period much like the prior frame, giving their GST line the opening face off and trying to grind down the flyers. Tanner Glass, Chris Thorburne and Jim Slater worked the Flyers down low and continued to wear down the home team. Only a few shifts later at 2:06 of the 2nd, Thorburne put home his 1st goal of the season on a perfect feed from Nik Antropov making it a tie game early in the period.
8-minutes into the 2nd, the Flyers seemed to break into the Winnipeg zone at will. Weak defensive coverage led to a few quality chances by Philadelphia, including Jaromir Jagr getting a beautiful chance in the high slot, only to fire it off the crossbar and leaving Pavelec to thank his skinny-red best friend.
Ondrej Pavelec would continue to bail out the team on bad line changes, stopping Sean Couturier on a perfect chance in the high slot. Winnipeg would respond with a good push into the Flyers zone, with Antropov setting up Eric Fehr only to have the Winkler , Manitoba native put it high and wide on Bryzgalov.
The Flyers would make a big push at the end of the 2nd period, but Ondrej Pavelec stood strong to keep the Jets in the game, keeping the tilt deadlocked at 1-1.
Winnipeg outshot Philadelphia 11-6 through 2 periods.
The third period started with both teams tightly contesting movement through the other team's defensive zones. The chippy nature of how the Flyers and Jets controlled their respective pressure with the puck contributed to a lot of physical play in between whistles. Tanner Glass and Jim Slater both notched 6 hits by the 9-minute mark of the 3rd frame.
Philadelphia upped the pressure at the mid-way point of the 3rd, but Ondrej Pavelec would turn the team in orange aside time and time again. Some of the best pressure by the Flyers were the direct result of defensive and neutral zone lapses by the Jets. However, the Winnipeg defence would continue to drive the Flyers wide and force them to make shots that were easy on Pavelec.Claude Giroux would break into the Winnipeg zone and gift wrap a pass for a streaking Scott Hartnell, only to have a hot Ondrej Pavelec shut the door on the breakaway.
Chris Thorburne and Tom Sestito would finally have enough of each other and drop the mitts for a tussle at centre ice. Sestito would more than likely get the decision on the judge's cards in that one.
After the fight, Ondrej Pavelec would continue to shut down Philadelphia's top goal scorers. Jaromir Jagr set up Claude Giroux once again in the slot just to have it turned aside by Pavelec.
Andrew Ladd would have a beautiful opportunity as the final minute approached in the 3rd but put the puck off of the side of the Flyer net.
Philadelphia outshot Winnipeg 13-4 during the final period.
Both teams would collect their point in the standings and head to Overtime to decide the winner of the extra notch in the standings.
Bryan Little would get the first chance of the extra period as he walked in all alone on Illya Bryzgalov only to hit the inside of the post. Winnipeg controlled the better half of overtime, but Illya Bryzgalov stood strong in the Flyer net.
The final 20 seconds of Overtime were controled by Philadelphia, with Pavelec turning away two solid chances and forcing the shootout.
Sean Couturier stopped by Ondrej Pavelec
Illya Bryzgalov shuts the door on Kyle Wellwood
Claude Giroux gets shut down by Pavelec, trying to go five-hole
Blake Wheeler fires the puck right into Bryzgalov.
Jaromir Jagr gets stopped by Pavelec on his 1st attempt of the year
Bryan Little puts the puck under the Russian netminder, and wins the game for the Winnipeg Jets.