By Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers continue on their two-game road trip as they head to Winnipeg in search of offense. There is good news, Nolan Patrick is ready to make his return to the lineup after missing the past nine games.
First period: An uneventful start with multiple stoppages turned around when Jake Voracek found the back of the net just two minutes into the game. Dustin Byfuglien took a penalty after tripping Raffl and the Flyers make him pay when Couturier pounds home a Simmonds rebound.
Laughton went to the box for hooking and during the penalty kill Radko Gudas slashed Matt Perreault in the back of the head, leading to a major and a game misconduct. The Flyers managed to kill the four-on-three, and over three minutes of four-on-five. Elliott was great on the penalty kill making multiple big saves to keep the Flyers up by two.
Second period: more bad blood between the two teams lead to a period filled with penalties. Scheifele took an early cross-check, which was killed with only one good scoring chance for the Flyers. Konecny landed in the box for a weak interference call, again the Flyers killed it off without too much difficulty.
Kulikov was the next to take a penalty, this time for slashing, and the Flyers failed to capitalize. Laughton joined the train to the penalty box, but the Jets finally capitalize on their fifth powerplay as Perreault buries the puck from a two-on-one.
Third period: Jets come out and are clearly the team playing with some desperation. After more penalties from Wayne Simmonds (cross-checking) and Byfuglien (tripping) that were killed, the Jets turned up the pressure. Mark Scheifele scored with under a minute left in the game.
Overtime: It was a typical three-on-three overtime with big chances both ways. Completing passes was a struggle for both teams. Each team got took a penalty which lead to four-on four play for the last 18 seconds.
Shootout: Jets shot first-
Takeaways: the Flyers had a strong start to this game and finally broke their scoring drought. The huge amount of penalties and hits threw the Flyers off their game, plus a late game shell eventually did them in.
Three Stars of the Game:
3) Mark Scheifele
2) Sean Couturier
1) Brian Elliott
PHI: Voracek (Couturier, Giroux)
PHI: Couturier (Simmonds, Voracek)
WPG: Perreault (Armia)
WPG: Scheifele (Wheeler, Laine)