Three straight games, three straight shootouts for the orange and black and gasp! Ilya Bryzgalov was the starter meaning that yes he would have to be in net for the shootout. Wouldn’t you know that he finally made not only one, but two stops in the shootout, yet it would not be enough to get the W. Before we get there let’s do the preliminary background information.
In the first two meetings between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers the scoreboard operator got a little extra bonus for all of the work that he had to do. A combined 27 goals were scored in those first two games including the infamous 9-8 Jets victory back in October. The score sheet filled up in the second contest as well and the Jets prevailed yet again with a score of 6-4.
So it was obvious that in the third meeting the first shot wouldn’t be recorded until the 11:36 mark of the first period and wouldn’t you know that it wasn’t even from a flyer. With 13:36 gone in the 1st Jakub Vorachek finally recorded a shot for Philadelphia.
However it wouldn’t be much longer before the first goal of the game was scored, thanks to a heads up play #Hartnelldown.
Scott Hartnell did a magnificent job of drawing a penalty on Chris Thorburn. Hartnell was knocked down by Thorburn near the side boards in the defensive zone. Hartsy dusted himself off, and hit Thorburn with a little extra shove after the initial hit. Thorburn answered and you know the saying, the refs only see the retaliation.
On that power play Brayden Schenn collected his fourth goal of the season by jamming a Matt Carle rebound past Ondrej Pavelec. It’s a perfect way for Schenn to kick off the post all-star season as he has to prove his worth in the second half of the season.
It would be Thorburn that would get the last laugh.
The Jets came out on fire in the second period and it was you guessed it Thorburn who fired a high twisted wrister that beat Ilya Bryzgalov to tie the game at one. Amazingly that would be it for the scoring department for the rest of regulation and overtime.
Fast forward to the shootout, Bryzgalov had finally not only made his first save of the season in a shootout, but stoned Blake Wheeler on the Jets second attempt. Peter Laviolette decided to roll with Jaromir Jagr on the third attempt, but his shot met the leg pad of Pavelec. Bryan Little, the Jets third shooter would sneak the biscuit under the pads of Bryzgalov and the Jets escaped the Wells Fargo Center with a 2-1 victory.