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Jets win streak snapped at four with loss to Flyers

Laine scores 40th goal of the season, extends point streak to eleven games

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - Twice this season, the Winnipeg Jets have been able to rally back to win when trailing after 40 minutes.

In fact, one of those came against the Philadelphia Flyers back in November.

They got halfway, but it wasn't to be this time.

The Jets (41-18-9) saw their four-game win streak snapped after falling 2-1 to those Flyers Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center. 

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

"I think it was a grinder in the end zones. There was a lot of stretch, but that's Eastern Conference hockey," said head coach Paul Maurice. "There were a few really good chances at both ends, our guy made some real good glove saves. Helly made a couple real good saves, and almost had the second one, which was good.

"I think for the most part, the guys in the line-up played as hard as they could. We had a few guys fight the puck a little bit, but so did they. It was a pretty tight game."

Video: WPG@PHI: Laine rockets home 40th goal of season

Patrik Laine scored the Jets lone goal, his 40th of the campaign, extending his point streak to 11 games. However, that stat didn't mean much to Laine following the game.

"Right now I'm not happy, because we lost. Tomorrow I might be more happier. That's a great number. But now it doesn't feel good," said Laine, who pulled into a tie with Wayne Gretzky and Brian Bellows with 76 goals before the age of 20.

"It was obviously frustrating, but we can't let that affect our minds and our game. I think we had a good push in the third, but that wasn't enough today."

Video: POSTGAME | Patrik Laine

After a scoreless first period, Claude Giroux opened the scoring on a delayed penalty. Working at 6-on-5 for an extended stretch, the Flyers (35-23-11) worked the puck around the Jets zone before it came to Giroux in the left wing circle. From there, the Flyers captain snapped his 24th of the campaign past Connor Hellebuyck's glove.

Hellebuyck seemed to have added another highlight reel save to his season at 8:01 of the second, when he went cross crease and got his glove on an Andrew MacDonald chance that had resulted from a shot off the end boards.

Video: POSTGAME | Connor Hellebuyck

Play continued, but soon after, the horn sounded in the arena, calling for the play to be looked at again by the NHL. It was ruled Hellebuyck's glove - and the puck as a result - were barely over the goal line. That put the Flyers up 2-0 nearing the midway point of the game.

"I thought I had it. I felt it in my glove. That's the only way I could possibly get it. I just took a look at it, and it's in by maybe a fraction of an inch," said Hellebuyck. "It's a bit unlucky. It's the goalie anatomy that my hand is going to come back when you're trying to hold onto a puck. It stinks, but you've just got to live with it."

On their fourth power play opportunity of the game, the Jets got one by Petr Mrazek. Captain Blake Wheeler threaded the needle, splitting the Flyers penalty killers and finding Laine on the far side. The one-timer beat Mrazek, pulling the Jets within one.

"Wheels saw me again and gave me a hard flat pass, and I just tried to shoot, and it went in," said Laine, who thought the Jets first few power plays of the night could have been better.

"I think they were just pressuring us pretty hard. We were fumbling every puck, and that's their licence to go. We just weren't quick enough on the first couple power plays."

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice

But despite a push for the final 11 minutes of the third period, the Jets couldn't get another by the Flyers goaltender, who finished with 27 saves.

Next up is the fifth stop on the six-game road trip, which takes the Jets to Washington to take on the Capitals.


After making his return to the line-up Thursday in New Jersey, defenceman Toby Enstrom didn't play Saturday against the Flyers.

"He's been running the same thing for three months. He comes in, if it's sore, he feels good. If it's sore he'll play on it, but there's a point where I don't want this thing to keep grinding on him," said Maurice. "We were off the ice with him yesterday. We were hoping there would be a 24-hour improvement, and there wasn't. He was status quo from the game before, so I held him out."

Tucker Poolman was recalled on an emergency basis in the morning, and played 9:01 in the loss.

Video: POSTGAME | Tucker Poolman

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