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Ladd scores late in 3rd period to give Jets a wild 9-8 win over Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA - Andrew Ladd scored the game-winner with 1:06 remaining on a one-timer from close range to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a wild 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Fifteen players scored in the wide-open game in which both clubs set season highs for goals scored and goals allowed, and the Jets tied a franchise record for goals in a game.

Philadelphia's Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk were the only multiple goal scorers with two apiece. Kimmo Timonen had four assists and Scott Hartnell added a goal and assist. Claude Giroux and Max Talbot also scored for Flyers.

Nik Antropov and Tanner Glass each had a goal and two assists for the Jets. Evander Kane and Alex Burmistrov each added a goal and an assist and Blake Wheeler had three assists for Winnipeg.

It was a rough night for the goaltenders, as both starters were pulled and the backups didn't fare much better.

Winnipeg starter Ondrej Pavelec allowed seven goals on 43 shots and was forced to re-enter the game after his backup, Chris Mason, left with an apparent groin injury with 8:20 left in the third period. Mason gave up one goal on five shots.

Flyers backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky started the game, but was pulled early in the second period after surrendering five goals on 15 shots. Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia's usual starter, relieved Bobrovsky and gave up four goals on 10 shots.

The Flyers came within striking distance of the club mark for goals, and both teams were close to marks for goals allowed.

The 17 goals matched a Philadelphia record for combined goals in a game.

Incredibly, the teams combined for five goals in the first 4:31 of the third period.

The most goals the Flyers ever have allowed in a game was 12 on Jan. 30, 1969, against Chicago. Philadelphia's franchise record for goals in a game is 13.

The Jets tied their mark for goals in a game set Nov. 12, 2005, at Carolina when they scored nine as the Atlanta Thrashers. The club mark for goals allowed in a game is 10, set Jan. 18, 2008, at Buffalo.

The Flyers entered the final period trailing 6-4, but got within a goal, 1:09 into the third period when Briere scored on a rebound of Van Riemsdyk's shot.

A little more than a minute later, the Flyers tied the game when Matt Read scored on a rebound of Andreas Lilja's shot from the point.

The Jets then pulled Pavelec and replaced him with Mason, but it didn't matter as Philadelphia went ahead 7-6 on Van Riemsdyk's goal from the edge of the goal mouth after a pretty assist by Briere with 16:58 left in the game.

But the Jets tied it at 7-7 only 28 seconds later on Burmistrov's tally, and went in front 1:01 after that on Mark Stuart's wrister from close range.

Pavelec re-entered the game with 8:20 remaining as Mason left with an apparent injury, but he couldn't hold the lead as Van Riemsdyk tied the game 8-8 with 3:39 left on a one-timer from close range.

Notes: Flyers captain Chris Pronger, who suffered a right eye injury Monday night, will start light exercise this weekend, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. Pronger is expected to miss two to three weeks. ... Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn will be out four to six weeks after suffering a broken left foot in Wednesday's game against Montreal. ... The Flyers recalled forward Zac Rinaldo and defenceman Erik Gustafsson from Adirondack of the AHL. ... The Winnipeg franchise has won eight of their past nine against the Flyers.

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