Flyers Bounce Back for 5-3 Win

Published on February 23rd, 2013

Scott Hartnell back in action | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday February 23, 2013
In a weekend matinee, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 in a come-back win.  This game was the Flyers’ 2nd of a 5-game home-stand. They have gone 1-1 so far.

Scott Hartnell returned to the line-up after missing 16 games due to a foot injury.  For this game, Ondrej Pavelec started in net for the Jets and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers.

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Hartnell-Voracek
Briere-Simmonds-B.Schenn
Fedontenko-Knuble-McGinn
Couturier-Talbot-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-L.Schenn
Grossmann-Coburn
Gervais-Gustafsson

The Jets came out with much more jump than the Flyers.  Evander Kane got them on the board first when he scored at 4:48 of 1st period.  The Flyers finally came alive later in the period.  They tied it up at 15:18 when Brayden Schenn deposited a loose puck in the net. The Flyers had the last 16 shots of the period.

Flyers center Danny Briere on the slow start said, “Well the first ten minutes weren’t pretty, but after that I thought we took over the game.  We didn’t give them much.  It was pretty amazing the way we stuck with the game.  The first ten minutes I think we had one shot on net, and then after that we just started coming.  It was a complete effort, after the first ten minutes.”

The Jets did score twice in the 2nd period to take a 3-1 lead.  Olli Jokinen converted a Flyers turnover into a goal at 2:34 and Alexander Burmistrov scored at 12:13.  The Flyers then got one back at 14:24 when Claude Giroux blasted in a power-play goal.

The Flyers were trailing by a goal going into the 3rd period but were not to be denied.  Brayden Schenn said, “We just said in the second intermission, we have to be able to thrive in situations like this.  Whether we are up 3-2 or down 3-2, we have to find a way to win hockey games and tonight we did.  It was a huge two points to keep on climbing up in the standings, clawing our way back to a playoff spot.”

Brayden Schenn got the equalizing goal at 6:18 of the 3rd period again on the power-play.  It was his 2nd of game.  Wayne Simmonds then gave Flyers’ their 1st lead of game at 8:57.   Zac Rinaldo added an empty-net goal to seal the 5-3 win.

Simmonds on the win said, “We’re really resilient.  We have great leaders in this room, Giroux’s our captain, but we still have Timonen, Hartnell, Briere and all the older guys on the team.  They always aid us especially the young guys.  We just need to keep at it.  We can’t keep ourselves down like we did in the first period.”

This win left the Flyers just one game below .500.  The Flyers’ next game is Monday at home vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Flyers celebrate

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