Give the Jets credit, they were able to match the Flyers intensity throughout the first two periods, but the real star of the game for Winnipeg was their goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. The Flyers had numerous chances to take the lead in the third period, but each time that Hartnell, Jagr, Giroux… you name it, had an opportunity, Pavelec had an answer. He was simply phenomenal.
Before that third period flurry, Philadelphia struggled to mount a sustained offense. Part of that was due to Laviolette putting a returning Jaromir Jagr on the second line with Schenn and Matt Read. Wayne Simmonds was placed in Jagr’s spot with Hartnell and Giroux on the top line. After two periods the head coach had seen enough and put Jagr back on the top line and the offense immediately looked better. Yes Jagr needed his ice time watched, but midway through the second period should have been the time to pull the trigger on this move.
If the Flyers end up playing the Jets in the first round of the playoffs it could very well resemble the Buffalo series from last season.
Scott’s Three Stars Of The Night
3.) Brayden Schenn – Have to put him here because he scored the only Flyers goal in regulation. It was nice to see him score in the first game back from the all star break and hopefully it is a sign of things to come for the kid.
2.) Jaromir Jagr – If there was one person who benefitted the most from the week off it was Jagr. He had an extra gear tonight that hasn’t been seen since the beginning of the season. When he is able to successfully deke and actually get around defenders on his own, you’re in trouble. That’s why you need to have a great night from a goaltender, which leads me to….
1.) Ondrej Pavelec – The stats were great (27 saves on 28 shots), but it was the numerous saves that he made in the third period that propelled the Jets to victory. Both Hartnell and Jagr were stoned on great looks. If Schenn hadn’t have forced the puck just past the goal line, Pavelec would have had a shutout and you know what he deserved one tonight with the way he played.
Here’s the Twitter list:
We’re also on Facebook: Broad Street Buzz fan page
Check out our great NHL site, Too Many Men on the Site
Fansided is also on Facebook: Fansided Fan Page