The Flyers ended a seven-game power play drought with two PPG and Michael Neuvirth made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Flyers snapped a six-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory in Winnipeg. Brayden Schenn recorded the first PPG at 5:54 of the first period and Wayne Simmonds picked up the second at 9:44 of the third period, both off assists from Claude Giroux. Matt Read wrapped up the game with a late empty-netter. Ondrej Pavelec absorbed the loss for Winnipeg, making 19 saves.
The turning point in tonight’s game was a key stop from Michal Neuvirth on Jets’ sniper Mathieu Perrault in the second period… Off of a broken play, Perrault found himself down low and between the hashmarks in the slot for a wide open look on Neuvirth, who flashed his glove hand and got enough on it to preserve a one-goal lead… Behind Neuvirth’s play, the Flyers limited scoring chances and blocked a slew of shots, while adding an insurance goal and empty-netter to become the first team to shut out the Jets this season.
1ST - Michal Neuvirth: Stopped all 28 shots he faced to post his league-leading third shutout of the season and snapped the Flyers six-game losing skid… He faced five Winnipeg power plays and shut the door on multiple scoring chances late in the third period.
2ND - Wayne Simmonds: Recorded his second goal of the season and first on the power play… He also had 18:11 of ice-time, over six minutes came on the Flyers power play (6:21).
3RD - Mathieu Perrault: Had two shots on net, both of which were prime scoring chances.
The Flyers avoided going winless on a five-game road trip for what would have been the first time since 1982… Michal Neuvirth earned his third shutout of the season - he now has shutouts in three of the six games he has played in their entirety this season… Neuvirth becomes the first Flyers goalie in franchise history to record three or more shutouts in his first seven starts of a season… Rakdo Gudas was credited with five blocks and three hits and 12 different Flyers contributed to blocking 19 Winnipeg shots in the game.
“The first two periods I was seeing the puck well. I was fighting the traffic pretty good. In the third I got lucky a couple of times, but I was missing the luck last game, so I got it tonight. I’m just going day by day and working hard every day. I feel good out there and I’m just focusing on myself, and I don’t worry about the other things.” (Michal Neuvirth)
“We felt like we played pretty good in Calgary and we just wanted to build off that, and I thought we did that. The save that [Neuvirth] made in the first period just gave us a little more confidence, and gave us the chance to have the start in the first period that we needed.” (Dave Hakstol)
“We were getting good movement. We were trying not to get down on ourselves. It came together tonight. I thought we had even better movement than we did in the past, and we were getting shots through, shots from all angles, and it paid off.” (Wayne Simmonds)