In a game that started with the main story being Dave Hakstol’s decision to scratch Shayne Gostisbehere in favor of Andrew MacDonald. The Flyers did something they haven’t done much this season, score early and build on a lead. On a night where the Flyers celebrated the greatest tough guys in their history, the Jets and Flyers played a tame game with only two minor penalties, one for each team as the Flyers defeated the Jets 5-2 in the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
First, on a play that was started when Patrick Laine broke a stick attempting to block a Brandon Manning slap shot, Sean Couturier got the Flyers on the board off a feed from Travis Konecny who won a puck battle against the boards for the rebound of the Laine block. Less than a minute later, after a defensive zone faceoff win, Matt Read out raced the Jets’ Josh Morrissey to a loose puck and fed a wide open Michael Raffl in the slot for Raffl’s third goal on the season. And with that the Flyers were able to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 9-5 in the frame.
In the early second period, the Flyers had more of the same early season woes as two defensive breakdowns that led to Jets goals sandwiched a Mark Streit knuckle shot that beat Connor Hellebuyck. The Streit goal was assisted by Ivan Provorov and Claude Giroux. The Flyers rookies, Provorov and Travis Konecny each notched their 7th assist of the season. With the absence of Gostisbehere, the Flyers at times looked they struggled to get out of their own zone.
The third period loomed large, as the Jets have been strong in the third frame all season, however in a night of bucking trends, the Flyers bucked that one, as Wayne Simmonds buried a loose puck off an Andrew MacDonald attempt that was blocked to increase the lead to 4-2. Late in the game, with the Flyers playing prevent defense yet again, Brandon Manning insured the winner with an empty net goal from about 150 feet away.
Steve Mason, coming off a good game with a late misplay against Ottawa on Tuesday, stood tall all game and played quite well. Defensive breakdowns were the reason for both goals against as both times a right handed shot was left alone down low and allowed to take an uncovered one timer. Brandon Manning did save a goal early off a Mason misplay behind the net in the third period. Ivan Provorov was stung blocking a shot in the third period, however he did finish the game with several shifts after. The Flyers host the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday November 19 at 1pm in their next game.