On Tuesday evening, the Flyers earned a huge victory over the Winnipeg Jets by a final score of 3-2.
It was just their third victory in 13 meetings against the Jets and second road win of the season.
Philadelphia saw goals from Brayden Schenn, Kimmo Timonen and impressive rookie Tye McGinn. Many Flyer fans were discouraged with the less than stellar play from Schenn and winger Jakub Voracek, but both have picked up their games immensely lately. Voracek had two assists in this contest, giving him the team-lead in points (10). Schenn, on the other hand, has posted four points over the last three contests and is beginning to come alive. He is winning puck battles, crashing the net and finishing his scoring opportunities.
For Winnipeg, Andrew Ladd netted both goals, one of which that game in the closing seconds of the game.
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was absolutely terrific yet again, just one night removed from being pulled out of the net. He tallied 24 saves, including a stellar second period where he sent aside 11 shots. Winnipeg fans sarcastically chanted his name all night, but it was Bryzgalov who eventually got the last laugh. He was later named the night’s third star.
“It’s a very important two points for us,” Bryzgalov said after the win.
From the offensive aspect of the game, Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux has been a bit quiet, posting just eight points through 14 contests. However, his the positive from his performance in this game cannot be located on the stat sheet. Giroux produced constant pressure on the Jets’ goaltenders, kept plays alive and provided a crucial touch defensively, helping to kill penalties. He’s too talented to be held to such limited offensive point totals.
All in all, it was a team effort for 60 minutes. Everyone contributed in one way or another, the team was disciplined and looked absolutely nothing like the team that played in Toronto on Monday night.
Philadelphia still has four more games on this road trip as they look to climb the