EDGED IN A THRILLER Despite the final outcome, the Flyers’ 9-8 loss to the Jets will go down as one of their most exciting games of the season. In addition to a furious Philly comeback, the game featured an inordinate amount of goals, penalties, lucky bounces and deflection tallies.
The Flyers outplayed the Jets in many capacities. They outshot them by a tremendous margin, 48-25, and outhit them, 27-20. They also spent much of the final two periods in the Jets’ zone, getting scoring chance after scoring chance.
Yet, a 20 minute, 40 second stretch spanning the first and second periods ultimately doomed the Flyers. That’s when they fell behind by scores of, 5-1, and 6-2.
After taking an early lead on a Scott Hartnell goal, the Jets evened the game when a shot by Blake Wheeler caromed off of the skate of Randy Jones and into the Flyers’ net.
That goal marked the first of five straight - and six of seven - by the Jets.
Nothing seemed to go right for the Flyers.
Jones had a deflection goal. A turnover by Braydon Coburn led to a handful of shots and the go-ahead goal by Jim Slater. Kyle Wellwood deflected a shot by Tobias Enstrom into the goal, giving the Jets’ a 3-1 edge.
It didn’t get better in the second period, either.
Tanner Glass scored less than four minutes into the period. Then, the Flyers took a couple of penalties which also turned into two more goals and a 6-2 deficit.
During the Jets’ early run, the Flyers took three penalties, and the Jets essentially cashed in on all three of them. An earlier Winnipeg goal was scored the exact moment a penalty expired.
The Flyers did not match the Jets’ power play prowess, either. Despite entering the game with the league’s fifth-best power play unit, the Flyers scored just once in five opportunities. Their lone power play goal came when Claude Giroux scored during a 5-on-3.
Giroux’s goal sparked a run in which the Flyers scored six of seven goals and eventually took a 7-6 lead in the third period. They surrendered that lead, but their poor play during the first and second periods was the major difference.
|* Tonight ties a Flyers record for most goals scored by both teams in a game (17). The other three |
2/23/88 W at Detroit 11-6
3/22/84 W vs Pittsburgh 13-4
2/27/82 W at Calgary 9-8
* The last time the Flyers came back from four goals down was 12/11/08 vs. Carolina, a game the
Flyers won 6-5 in a shootout, but they never had the lead in the game. The last time the Flyers
were down four goals and then took the lead was 12/26/92 vs. Washington in a game that ended
in a 5-5 tie.
* Tonight is the first time in franchise history that the Flyers scored eight goals in a game and did
not win. The previous high for goals scored in a loss was seven, done on two occasions – 9-7 at
Hartford on Feb. 25, 1984 and 8-7 vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2010.
* The last Flyer with 4 assists in a game was Chris Pronger on 1/25/11 vs. Montreal.
* Zac Rinaldo recorded seven hits tonight.
* The Flyers put a total of 84 shots towards the net tonight (48 on net, 19 blocked, 17 missed) to 43
for Winnipeg (25 on net, 11 blocked, 7 missed). The 84 total is the most the Flyers have taken
since they put 89 towards the net on 10/21 vs.Anaheim (42 on net, 28 blocked, 19 missed).
The Flyers center recorded four points (two goals, two assists), including two of the team’s biggest points of the night.
With the Flyers trailing, 6-4, early in the third period, Briere backhanded a goal to pull the Flyers within one and carried their second-period momentum into the final frame.
That goal was the first of a trio the Flyers scored in less than two minutes. Briere also contributed to the third goal, feeding James van Riemsdyk, whose goal put the Flyers up momentarily, 7-6.
Briere also had a goal and an assist in the second period, helping the Flyers fight back from a 5-1 deficit.
|"Well there's a lot of question marks, that's for sure. There are positives on one side but there's also a lot we need to work on and fix on the other side of the puck." |
“That’s why I say I’ve never seen anything like this. But we came up short. It doesn’t matter how many goals you scored, you gave up nine, which is unbelievable. I don’t know what else to say, we have a lot of work to do.”
|In a scoring onslaught that featured five lead changes and five ties, Andrew Ladd’s game-winning goal was the last of numerous turning points. |
Ladd scored with just 1:06 remaining in the third. That forced the Flyers to pull Ilya Bryzgalov for an extra attacker in hopes of scoring a late goal that never came.