Schenn-sational effort propels Flyers over Jets
With Matt Read scheduled to miss six weeks, the Flyers knew that the offensive contributions had to come from other places.
The Flyers answered the bell as the likes of Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek led the team to a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon.
With 11:03 left in the third period, Schenn worked his magic. Schenn received the puck and dished a gorgeous backhand pass to Wayne Simmonds for the slam dunk goal to give the Flyers a 4-3 lead.
It was their first lead of the game and ended up being the game-winning goal. Zac Rinaldo added an empty-netter as time expired.
Schenn was one of four Flyers to register at least two points. It was the third time this season that Schenn registered multiple points. Voracek (3 assists), Claude Giroux (1 goal, 1 assist), and Wayne Simmonds (1 goal, 1 assist) all had multi-point games.
However, the game didn't get off to a good start for the Flyers for the third straight time.
Just 4:48 into the game, Nik Antropov was directly behind the net and dished the puck to a wide-open Evander Kane who beat Ilya Bryzgalov glove side to put the Jets on the board, 1-0.
At about the 7:00 mark of the first period, the Flyers started to get some real scoring chances. Tye McGinn and Scott Hartnell were both robbed in front by Ondrej Pavelec.
With 4:48 left in the first period, Schenn dropped a pass to Danny Briere and Briere's shot was stopped by Pavelec. However, Schenn jammed home the loose puck to tie the game, 1-1.
The Flyers controlled the level of play during the second half of the opening period. After trailing 12-1 in shots early on, the Flyers ended up firing off 16 straight shots to outshoot the Jets 17-12.
Just 2:34 into the second period, Olli Jokinen gained the zone, spun off defender Max Talbot and beat Bryzgalov to give the Jets a 2-1 lead. It was the third goal of the season for the well-travelled forward.
Less than ten minutes later, the Jets struck again.
Right off the faceoff, Dustin Byfulgien slid the puck across to Grant Clitsome who blasted a shot from the point. Clitsome's shot was redirected by Alexander Burmistrov for the goal to extend Winnipeg's lead to 3-1 with 8:47 remaining in the second period.
With 5:36 remaining in the second period, the Flyers held a five-on-three advantage after penalties to Kane and Jim Slater.
Claude Giroux received a pass from Kimmo Timonen and absolutely blasted a scorching slapshot past Pavelec to cut the lead to 3-2.
At the 6:18 mark of the final period, Burmistrov went off for tripping and the Flyers capitalized on the man advantage.
Voracek took the puck in the right circle and dished a backhand pass to a wide open Brayden Schenn for the easy goal. It was Voracek's second assist of the game and gave him points in five consecutive games.
Over his past five games, Voracek has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists).