Wayne Simmonds capped a furious comeback for the Flyers scoring at 11:03 remaining in the third period to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead and a 5-3 victory. Simmonds received a cross-ice pass just in front of the goalmouth from Brayden Schenn, and all Simmonds had to was tap in the game-winner.
The Flyers, playing their first game since losing a listless game to the Panthers 5-2 on Thursday, have now won three of their last four games. B. Schenn led the Flyers, as he scored two goals and picked up the game-winning assist. Also scoring for the Flyers was Claude Giroux on the power play and Zac Rinaldo into the empty net. The Flyers power play scored three times. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was excellent in net, saving 34 of 37.
Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen, and Alexander Burmistrov scored Winnipeg’s goals. Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec allowed four goals on 38 shots. The Jets lost for their first time in the last three games.
The Flyers, as per usual, started slow out of the game for their Saturday matinee versus the Jets. Kane scored 4:48 into the first period on a pass from Nik Antropov. Antropov took the puck behind the crease and was able to trick Bryzgalov, as Bryzgalov overcommitted leaving Kane wide open on the side of the net to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.
From there, the Flyers woke up. Wayne Simmonds got into a fight Chris Thorburn, and the Flyers were cooking.
“I think that brought some pop to the game at that point,” Coach Peter Laviolette said.
Philadelphia fired off 16 consecutive shots and help Winnipeg without a shot for 9:47 seconds. That culminated with Schenn scoring his fifth goal of the season on a rebound from Danny Briere. Wayne Simmonds got credited for the secondary assist.
“After the fight, it seemed to quiet down and gave us a little bit of a lift,” Laviolette said. “We were able to do to them exactly what they did to us in the first eight minutes.”
Bryzgalov would come up big time and time again for the Flyers, as he was able to stop Byfuglien on a one-timer with the net wide open. The period would not end until Luke Schenn got into fisticuffs with Kane that saw both throw haymakers with few connecting.
Continuing a terrible trend, the Flyers once again came out empty to start the second period. Olli “The Shootout artist” Jokinen scored Winnipeg’s scored goal just 2:34 into the period to give the Jets a 2-1 lead. The Jets continued to dominate the period scoring again at the 11:13 mark of the second period. The Jets won an offensive zone faceoff back to defenseman Dustin Byfuglien who sent a cross-ice pass to Grant Clitsome. Clitsome fired a one-timer that was tipped in passed Bryzgalov by Burmistrov.
The Flyers would later strike with five minutes and thirty-six seconds remaining in the second period, as Winnipeg would take two penalties within two seconds of each other, putting the Flyers on a five-on-three power play. Captain Giroux would blast a shot from straight away that beat Pavelec.
The Flyers trailed 3-2 heading into the third period.
Once again, the Flyers came out slow in the third, but were able to capitalize on Winnipeg’s mistakes. 6:18 into the third period, Schenn scored his second goal of the game on the power play to tie the game on a pass from Voracek on the wing.
The Flyers would strike two minutes and thirty-nine seconds late as Simmonds deposited his game-winning goal on a beautiful pass across the crease from Schenn. Rinaldo would add an empty-net goal at the horn to give the Flyers a 5-3 victory over the visiting Jets.
Game Notes: This was the second game of the Flyers five-game home stand. The Flyers play James van Riemsdyk and Toronto on Monday. Scott Hartnell played 14:54 in his first game back from a broken foot. Rinaldo led the Flyers in hits with 12. The Schenn brothers combined for a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick.” Winnipeg when the final 9:47 seconds of the first period without a shot on goal.