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POSTGAME 5: Shot down in Winnipeg

Jets force comeback with late goal, take 3-2 shootout win over Flyers

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers broke out early and opened up a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes, but Mark Scheifele scored with 49 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Bryan Little tallied the final goal in the shootout to give the Jets a 3-2 win at Winnipeg.

Jakub Voracek snapped the Flyers goal skid three minutes into the game off a feed from Sean Couturier, who capitalized on the first power-play by slamming home a rebound to give the Flyers the early two-goal lead. 

That's the way it stayed until Mathieu Perreault brought the Jets within one on a power play goal of their own in the second period. The third remained scoreless until Scheifele's goal came with the goaltender pulled for a 6-on-5 advantage.

After a scoreless overtime with multiple chances on both sides, Jake Voracek and Jordan Weal tallied for the Flyers in the shootout, which took four rounds to decide. Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for the Flyers, while Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 30.

Tonight's turning point came on the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation. The Flyers played a hard-fought defensive game against a big team and kept them at bay, but with the goaltender pulled, the Jets were able to tie it up and grab momentum heading into overtime and the eventual shootout… Scheifele scored after holding the puck in the corner, then dishing it off to Blake Wheeler for a give-and-go. With three bodies in front of Elliott, Scheifele sat back a little then fired a one-timer across his body to score the equalizer.


1. Sean Couturier: Bounced back with a goal and an assist for his 36th career multi-point game and team-leading 11th goal of the season. Video: PHI@WPG: Couturier buries PPG at the doorstep

2. Brandon Tanev: Had four hits and led all players in the game with five blocked shots.  

3. Connor Hellebuyck: Stopped 30 of 32 shots to earn his 10th win of the year, which is tied for third in the NHL.


The Flyers spent most of the game down to five defensemen as Radko Gudas was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for a slash on Mathieu Perreault at 9:50 of the first period. The incident occurred in a corner scrum with Brandon Manning, Gudas, Perreault, Sean Couturier and Joel Armia fighting for a puck in the corner. Perreault received a two-minute minor for high sticking on the play.

It took less than three minutes (2:27 to be exact) for the Flyers to end their goal drought when a bounce finally went their way and Jakub Voracek banged home a rebound to give the Flyers an opening lead.Video: PHI@WPG: Voracek buries rebound for early lead

The Flyers didn't stop there. The top unit capitalized on an early power play to gain a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in a span of 5:15 to grab a 2-0 lead. Couturier, who assisted on the first goal, picked up his 11th of the season.

The Flyers outshot the Jets 8-2 in the first eight minutes with most of the shots coming down in the low slot by crashing the net… The Flyers had 26 shot attempts in the third period and overtime to Winnipeg's 17. The Flyers had seven shots blocked in that timeframe and eight more that missed.

The Flyers also got goals in the shootout from Voracek and Jordan Weal.

Although giving up one goal, the Flyers penalty killing unit came up big in this one, stopping six of seven power-plays from the Jets, which included 40 seconds of the Jets' 5-on-3 which was part of their five minute major they received from the Gudas penalty.

Nolan Patrick returned to the lineup for the first time in over three weeks, missing nine games. He centered Dale Weise and Wayne Simmonds and logged 7:58 of ice time.

Another side effect of Gudas' game misconduct was the Flyers defense forced to play with just five skaters for 55-plus minutes.

Ivan Provorov played 29:35, which was his fourth game over 28 minutes since October 30 and second over 29 minutes. He co-led the Flyers with five shots on goal and also had three hits and two blocked shots.

Robert Hagg logged an even 26 minutes of ice-time, the most of his young NHL career, and has now had over 22 minutes of TOI four times thus far.

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