By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Jets come to Philadelphia for a Saturday matinée, but not all is calm in the City of Brotherly Love. The Flyers are currently on a five-game losing streak and now down Robert Hagg as he is going to miss two weeks with a lower-body injury. Not all is lost for the Flyers however, as Travis Sanheim will make his return to the lineup this afternoon.
First period: The first period opened with a great chance for the Jets just 15 seconds in, but Mrazek was quick to make the stop. The period has been a carbon copy of recent Flyers games, lots of 50/50 hockey mixed with a few strong individual performances. Flyers outshot the Jets 11-9, but the Jets had the better chances. Both Mrazek and Sanheim had great periods.
Second period: The Flyers had a much stronger second period, killing multiple penalties. Giroux opened the scoring on the delayed penalty as he sniped one from the faceoff circle. MacDonald was the next to score in interesting fashion as he shot the puck on net and it seemed as though Hellebuyck made the save, but upon further review the puck did cross the line and thus giving the Flyers a two goal lead. Mrazek
Third period: Thankfully the Flyers were up to the task to hold the lead today. They allowed a goal to a wide open Laine on the powerplay, but overall were able to stifle the hot offensive team in Winnipeg to hang on for the 2-1 win.
Takeaways: This was one of the first signs of life for the Flyers in a week. The PK was strong, the goaltending was great, overall most of the players were on point today, so hopefully they are turning a corner for one last push to secure the highest playoff spot possible.
Three stars of the game:
3) Travis Sanheim
2) Claude Giroux
1) Petr Mrazek
PHI: Giroux (Filppula, Simmonds)
PHI: MacDonald (Voracek, Patrick)
WPG: Laine (Wheeler, Stastny)
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