Words cannot do last night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Winnipeg Jets justice. Exciting, amazing, disappointing, enthralling, and perplexing are just some the adjectives that could be used.
Last night’s game would see four goalies play in all giving up a total of 17 goals; each team had a streak of five unanswered goals.
“That wasn’t my idea of the way to win on the road or the way to manage the game,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “But we’ll take the two points and go from there.”
The Flyers opened the scoring 4:10 into the first when scored off of a give-and-go with Jaromir Jagr. The Flyers have not been able to captalize when scoring the games opening goal compiling a record of 3-4-1. The Jets would go into the first break with a 3-1 lead getting goals from Randy Jones, Jim Slater, and Kyle Wellwood.
Winnipeg scored two goals exactly a minute apart to jump out to a 5-1 lead; Tanner Glass tipped one in and Nik Antropov added a powerplay goal. That was enough for Flyers coach Peter Laviolette who pulled starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who had seen the red light so many times he was developing a sun burn. Ilya Bryzgalov did not fair much better and has now dropped his last five decisions. ”I have zero confidence in myself right now,” Bryzgalov said. “I am terrible. I will now apologize in front of the fans, in front of my teammates. I don’t know what’s going on. I have no answer for you guys. I thought in the last game against Montreal, that nothing worse was going to happen. Today was worse. I am lost in the woods right now.”
Claude Giroux scored on the two-man advantage but Evander Kane would get a powerplay goal of his own and make it 6-2 Winnipeg. The Flyers would close out the period with two goals from Danny Briere and Max Talbot. The Flyers came out swinging to start the third scoring three goals to take a 7-6; goals were scored by Briere, Matt Read, and James van Riemsdyk. The lead would be short lived as the Jets would score twice to make it 8-7 on goals from Alexander Burmistrov and Mark Stuart. Both teams combined for five goals in the first five minutes of the third period.
JVR would get another goal and tie it up for the Flyers but with just over a minute to play the Jets got the game-winning goal from Andrew Ladd. This is the highest scoring game since the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins combined for 18 goals on January 13, 1996, a 10-8 win by the Sharks in Pittsburgh.
The game was a defensive nightmare for both teams, and the game looked more reminiscent of an NHL All-Star Game. ”I definitely didn’t come in here thinking we’d win 9-8,” Ladd said. “It was kind of like (1990s hockey video game) ‘Blades of Steel’ out there.”
The Flyers (5-4-1 11pts) have now dropped their last four of five and will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (3-3-3 9 pts) on Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Machurek’s 3 Stars of the Game
For the 3 stars you couldn’t go wrong with anyone in this game as long as they weren’t a goalie
1.Danny Briere 2G 2A 4P +3
2.Tanner Glass 1G 2A 3P -+2
3.James van Riemsdyk 2G 1A 3P +1