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The Flyers notched their 3rd straight win tonight, knocking off Winnipeg by a score of 5-2. The game was fairly even-matched, with the Flyers definitely getting more quality chances at times. A goal from some unlikely contributors as well as strong goaltending from Steve Mason helped the Flyers move back within one game of the .500 mark.
The Flyers got off to a slow start once again as the Jets took the first 7 shot attempts of the game. This turned around after they got on the board first; Chris VandeVelde cleaned up a rebound from a puck that was thrown from the blueline by Michael Del Zotto. Winnipeg evened things about a minute later on a very similar goal by Mathieu Perreault.
The Flyers grabbed the lead back during the closing seconds of a fairly poor power play, as Jakub Voracek did Jakub Voracek things and set Wayne Simmonds up in front. Winnipeg once again answered a few minutes later on a nasty, nasty shot by Perreault.
The Flyers played an overall much stronger period in the second, controlling possession more effectively and grabbing the period’s only goal. A strong start with several scoring chances was rewarded when Nick Schultz scored his first goal in 126 games and his first as a Flyer. Ryan White registered his first assist as a Flyer and Petr Straka registered his first NHL point on the play as well. Three firsts on the same goal is pretty cool and doesn’t usually happen.
The Flyers fell asleep a bit towards the end of the third, but Mason was able to answer a couple strong chances and keep them in front.
The Flyers gave themselves some breathing room early on in the third, as Wayne Simmonds set up a very nice top-corner shot from Brayden Schenn. On the next shift Schenn was rewarded with some pain after a hit attempt on Dustin Byfuglien.
The rest of the period was, as expected, controlled mostly by Winnipeg, but the Flyers did a good job of limiting quality chances and Mason once again came up big a few times.
Sean Couturier iced it with an empty-net goal. Flyers win 5-2 and are still riding the momentum wave created by Zac Rinaldo last week.
-Carlo Colaiacovo did not have his best game tonight. He made several very visible poor decisions with the puck, and didn’t drive possession effectively either. He’s been good since his return to the lineup, but it is easy to tell why Berube can have a tough time trusting him defensively.
-Jakub Voracek is pretty good at passing the puck. That is all.
-Chris VandeVelde is progressing well as an NHLer. He scored once again tonight, and seems more comfortable on the ice lately. His sense as a penalty killer is starting to get better as well. Good to see.
-The first line had a rare bad game at even strength tonight, all registering less than 30% of shot attempts while on the ice. Doesn’t usually happen.
-Don’t try to hit Dustin Byfuglien. It is #not a good idea. Thanks.
-Sean Couturier definitely deserved that empty net goal. He created several chances and contributed well offensively, with Hutchinson coming up big a few times to keep him out of the goal. Nice to see him come away with a goal after a good effort.
-Holy shit, Timonen might actually come back soon.
Thats all for tonight. Flyers will look to stretch their winning streak to a season-high 4 games on Saturday night against Toronto. Go Flyers.