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POSTGAME 5: End of the Road

Second period sinks Flyers in 7-3 loss to Jets to conclude road trip

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Concluding a rough road trip that saw them lose three straight games in regulation, the Philadelphia Flyers fell, 7-3, to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Goals by Nikolaj Ehlers and Luca Sbisa staked the Jets to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Matt Niskanen got the Flyers back to within 2-1 before a costly Joel Farabee major opened the floodgates for Winnipeg, who used power play goals by Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, followed by even strength tallies by Logan Shaw and Patrik Laine to break the game open. James van Riemsdyk and Shayne Gostisbehere also added goals for the Flyers

Brian Elliott went two periods, stopping 11 of 17 shots. Carter Hart finished the game, stopping 5 of 6 shots in the third period. Connor Hellebuyck earned the win, denying 29 of 32 Flyers shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Blake Wheeler (1g-2a)
2nd: Neal Pionk (3a)
3rd: Mark Scheifele (1g-2a)

TURNING POINT
Joel Farabee's interference major came at a time when the Flyers seemed on the brink of drawing even in the game. Before the Flyers knew what hit them, they were in a 6-1 crater.

MELTZER'S TAKE
* Ehlers goal off a set play on a left-circle faceoff won by Blake Ehlers put the Flyers in a quick 1-0 hole. The Flyers regained equilibrium and put a push on in the Winnipeg end. Hellebuyck was sharp in net for the Jets.

* Sbisa's goal was a deflating one for Philly. There was no weak-side winger coverage on his side of the ice, so Sbisa had time and space. The former Flyers defenseman's shot from above the top of the left circle was a nicely placed one and he had a partial screen to shoot through, but it was a save that Elliott and the Flyers needed from that angle and distance, especially with the Flyers already trailing.Video: PHI@WPG: Niskanen flips backhanded shot off rebound

* The Flyers recouped at intermission and brought a lot of energy into the second period, generating multiple scoring chances. The Jets' scuffling penalty kill has been a cure for quite a few NHL teams with struggling power plays. Joel Farabee had a golden chance on a loose puck in front but tucked it wide. However, when the Flyers changed units, they scored. A Kevin Hayes rebound off a JVR pass was potted by Niskanen.

* Philly had a few cracks at tying the game but Hellebuyck kept them at bay. A frustration-driven retaliatory hit by Farabee on Mathieu Perrault resulted in an interference penalty, game misconduct and power play goals by Wheeler and Scheifele. 

* After that, the floodgates opened and the Flyers were deluged as Logan Shaw scored high to the short side and Laine on a counterattack that went off Shayne Gostisbehere's skate. JVR got one back in the final half minute off a pinch down low by Provorov.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers have now lost four straight games to the Jets at Winnipeg.

* With Nicolas Aube-Kubel making his season debut, the Flyers have used 20 forwards so far this season, which matches all of last season... Eight of the 20 forwards played with the club's AHL affiliate this season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.Video: PHI@WPG: Gostisbehere sends wrist shot home

* James van Riemsdyk picked up a goal and an assist - he now has eight points in his last nine games (4g-4a).

* Matt Niskanen and Shayne Gostisbehere's goals give the Flyers defense at least one goal in six of their last eight games.

* Aube-Kubel also recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Shayne Gostisbehere's goal.

* Kevin Hayes posted two assists and led the team with six shots on goal. 

* The Flyers return home for a two-game set during the week. First up the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to WPGVideo: Hear from Niskanen, Elliott and Aube-Kubel after loss

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