Flyers Fall to Jets 2-1 in Shoot-out

Published on February 1st, 2012

Jaromir Jagr returned to the line-up for the Flyers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers lost to Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in a shoot-out.  The Jets have now won all three times these teams have played this season.  The 4th and final time they play is on February 21st in Winnipeg.

It was the Flyers’ 1st game after the All-Star Break.  Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr returned to the line-up after missing two games due to a groin injury.  For this game, Ondrej Pavelec started in net for the Jets and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Simmonds-Hartnell
Schenn-Read-Jagr
Talbot-Voracek-Couturier
Holmstrom-Sestito-Shelley

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Carle-Bourdon
Meszaros-Gustafsson

The 1st shot of the game did not happen until 10:36 of the 1st period.  It was by the Jets Blake Wheeler.  The Flyers finally got their 1st shot on goal at 13:36 after they got a power-play.  They scored soon after at 15:11 when forward Brayden Schenn poked it in while still with the man-advantage.  It was mostly a quiet period.  The Jets had the edge in shots (7-6) but trailed 1-0.

The Jets tied it at 2:06 of 2nd period.  Winger Chris Thorburn had the goal.  It was his 1st goal of the season.  Jagr looked to put the Flyers back in the lead at 7:47 but hit the crossbar.  Jagr then dazzled the fans with some moves around the 12-minute mark but his pass was shot wide.  The Flyers were buzzing the last minute of the period again looking to re-take the lead.  They were very strong cycling the puck but could not put the puck past Pavelec.

In the 3rd period, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette moved Jagr back onto the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell in the hopes of generating more offense.  It worked as Hartnell and Giroux went in on a 2-on-1 at 11:22.  Pavelec denied Hartnell’s shot though.  At 12:43, Flyers Tom Sestito and Thorburn dropped the gloves hoping to give their team some momentum.  The Flyers did feed off of it and controlled the action after this but were not able to finish.  The Flyers dodged a bullet with about a minute remaining as Andrew Ladd had an open net to put it into but missed. 

The teams went to overtime tied 1-1.  Jets Bryan Little had a prime scoring chance in the 1st minute of the extra session but hit the goal post.  Flyers had a strong scoring opportunity as well as defenseman Andrej Meszaros shot wide on an in-close chance with 12 seconds left.  No scoring in overtime led to the shoot-out.

Shoot-out:

Flyers Sean Couturier – No Goal
Jets Kyle Wellwood – No Goal

Flyers Claude Giroux – No Goal
Jets Blake Wheeler – No Goal

Flyers Jaromir Jagr – No Goal
Jets Bryan Little – Goal

On the loss, Laviolette said, “We didn’t have our legs under us the first two periods it seems. The first two periods we were a little bit hesitant with what we were doing out there…We got going in the third period.  Gave ourselves a chance to win the game, but we couldn’t get it done.”

Jagr on the team’s slow start said, “That’s what happens when you have five days off.  Neither team played good, they didn’t play very well either.  It looked like they had better legs in the first period.  In the third period, we had a lot of chances we just couldn’t score.”

The Flyers next game is Thursday at home vs. the Nashville Predators.

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