Sean Couturier recorded the game-winning goal on the penalty kill, his second goal of the season, as the Flyers beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 Friday afternoon.
Scott Hartnell opened the scoring for the Flyers, as he lit the lamp with his fifth goal of season 49 seconds into the opening period. Steve Mason was solid in net for the Orange and the Black, stopping 25-26 shots. The Flyers win ended a two game losing streak and keeps their home winning streak intact with five consecutive victories.
Michael Frolik recorded the Jets lone goal in the third period, as Winnipeg saw their two game winning streak end. Ondrej Pavelec was stellar in net for the Jets, as he saved 32-34 Flyer shots.
After a lackluster road trip to Florida, the Flyers came out with more intensity. After a Winnipeg turnover led to Hartnell’s unassisted goal, the Flyers held a 1-0.
The pressure would not cease, as the Flyers continued to pepper Pavelec with shot after shot, but the Winnipeg netminder was up to the task. The Flyers left the first period up 1-0 with an opportunity for more, as they opened the second period with a five-on-three power play.
The Flyers power play, which earlier in the season had gone six straight games with a goal, looked terrible versus the Jets swarming penalty kill. The Flyers failed to capitalize on their five-on-three, but the Flyers refused to turn down the pressure.
Couturier, the third year center, had been stopped in the first period on a breakaway attempt, but would refuse to be denied on his second chance.
With the Jets on the power play, Couturier tipped a Winnipeg pass out of the zone and chased the puck down along the far-side boards. He would then gain possession, come in alone on Pavelec, and slip the puck through the goaltenders five-hole, all while being grabbed from behind by Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom.
Couturier’s second goal of the season, scored at 5:36 of the second period, would prove to be the game winner.
The game would get dicey for the Flyers in the third period as Winnipeg forward Michael Frolik notched his seventh of the season with 7:07 remaining in the game. The Flyers had been playing on their heels for most of the third period, but once Frolik scored, the Flyers aggressive forecheck returned.
Steve Mason was able to turn away shot after shot from the Jets, while he was able to notch his eighth win of the season.
The Flyers will now embark on a six game road trip, beginning tomorrow night in Nashville.