Flyers Jet Past Winnipeg 2-1

The Flyers eked out a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets as Petr Mrazek stopped 27 of 28 shots in his first game with his new mask.

Claude Giroux and Andrew MacDonald had the goals for the Flyers while Patrik Laine scored for Winnipeg.

With the Flyers looking to get off a five game losing streak, Petr Mrazek made his return to the crease after getting the last game off in Boston in favor of Alex Lyon.

After no scoring in the first period, the Flyers got on the board 5:40 into the second period on a delayed penalty to Winnipeg. After a Jet tripped up a Flyer, Val Filppula circled the offensive zone while Mrazek scooted to the bench and Claude Giroux jumped on the ice as the extra attacker. Filppula found Giroux with a pass who held the puck for several seconds waiting for a shooting lane, once the lane opened up, Giroux picked the top corner for a 1-0 lead.

At the 8:01 mark, Andrew MacDonald banged at a rebound that was gloved by Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck and play continued for another half minute or so before the horn sounded. Upon review, the glove of Hellebuyck was in the net and the puck had completely crossed the line before it was pushed out. MacDonald was credited with his fifth goal of the season, while Nolan Patrick and Jake Voracek drew the assists. The hard luck loser on the goal was Oskar Lindblom who remains pointless in 10 games played despite solid possession numbers and plenty of good chances.

Image Courtesy Frank Fimmano – Fimmano Photography

Jori Lehtera was a wizard with the puck on the penalty kill and later in the third period as the Flyers worked to hold the lead. He had his best game in a while as he and Matt Read combined for a few scoring chances later in the game despite having no points to show for it.

Travis Konecny was benched after taking a penalty in the third period. During the ensuing powerplay, Patrik Laine scored for the Jets.

The Flyers held on for the win.

The Flyers play host to Vegas on Monday.

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