HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers got ahead first with a pair of goals in the second period and held on to beat the Jets, 2-1, to end Winnipeg's four-game winning streak and snap their five-game losing skid on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
After a scoreless first period, the Flyers got on the board first with a delayed penalty call that Claude Giroux capitalized on with an extra attacker on the ice at 6-on-5. Less than three minutes later, Andrew MacDonald batted a puck on his backhand which at first looked like Connor Hellebuyck made a save on, but video review showed differently, and as a result gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
Patrik Laine capitalized on a power-play with a rocket of a shot to draw within one goal 11:02 in the third period, but Petr Mrazek shut the door the rest of the way to preserve the win. Hellebuyck stopped 33 of 35 shots to take the loss.
Today's turning point was the entirety of the third period. Holding a two-goal lead, the Flyers stuck to the same pace of play throughout to limit the chances of a dangerous Winnipeg team, who was able to draw it to a one-goal game midway through the frame. Despite allowing a goal, the Flyers held the line even when the Jets pulled the goaltender to give them an extra attacker.Video: WPG@PHI: Mrazek makes a nice pair of stops in the 2nd
1. Petr Mrazek: Bounced back to earn his fourth win as a Flyer by stopping 27 of 28 shots, including all 20 shots he faced in the first 40 minutes.
2. Andrew MacDonald: Tallied his fifth goal of the year, earned the Ric Flair "Robe of the Game", had three shots on goal and three blocked shots on 17:25 of ice time.
3. Patrik Laine: Recorded his 40th goal of the year, which is now tied for the NHL lead, and also extended his goal-scoring streak to five in-a-row.
STATS & STORYLINES
JETS GROUNDED AGAIN
The win gives the Flyers six straight victories over the Jets when they visit the Wells Fargo Center - since becoming the Jets and moving from the Atlanta Thrashers, the Flyers own a 6-1-1 record against Winnipeg on home ice... Four of the last five games against the Jets have been decided by one goal.
REWIND THE TAPE
The Flyers grabbed a 2-0 lead midway through the second, turns out no one knew it but the war room in Toronto. The horn blew in the arena during play to stop the action, and upon video review the goal was called on the ice. The NHL's official explanation from the war room:
According to Rule 38.6 "In the event that a video replay shows a goal was scored prior to the play being stopped, the Video Goal Judge will inform the Game Timekeeper and Official Scorer of the time and the amount of playing time left to be reset on the game clock and penalty time clocks (if applicable)." Therefore, the clock is reset to 11:59 (8:01 elapsed time) and good goal Philadelphia. Video: WPG@PHI: MacDonald beats Hellebuyck's glove for goal
Claude Giroux extended his point streak to six games with his second period goal... The captain now has seven points (2g-5a) during the streak... In addition, he has recorded a point in 10 of his last 11 games posting a total of five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in that stretch.
Nolan Patrick also extended his point streak to three straight games (3a) and has points in four of his last five (1g-4a).Video: WPG@PHI: Giroux snipes a wrister past Hellebuyck
With injuries to Johnny Oduya (day-to-day) and Robert Hagg (two weeks), Travis Sanheim entered the lineup for the first time since Jan. 13... He logged 12:44 of ice time, was a plus-1 and had one shot on goal.
All 18 skaters in the game recorded a shot on net for the Flyers - they were led by Radko Gudas, who posted five shots on goal... Andrew MacDonald recorded his second game-winning goal in the last month after also picking one up on Feb. 11 at Vegas. The two GWG are his first since February of 2014.
The Flyers welcome the expansion Vegas Golden Knights for the very first time at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia or listen live on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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