Simmonds, Jagr Help Flyers Find A Way to Overcome
Jaromir Jagr has finally found the scoring touch.
Riding off the momentum a two-goal game against the Penguins on Saturday, Jagr found the back of the net in overtime to cap off a come-from-behind win against the Winnipeg Jets, 5-4. The win prevented a series sweep from the Jets for the season.
Jagr's opportunistic goal wouldn't have come if it weren't for the timeliest of Wayne Simmonds' 22 goals this season. With goalie Ilya Bryzgalov pulled, James van Riemsdyk set up Simmonds with a pass pass in front of the net that number 17 tapped through Ondrej Pavelic's legs to tie the game, 4-4, with under 10 seconds left in the game.
It has been two different types of February for the Flyers heroes on Tuesday.
Jagr has scored three of his four goals this month in the last two games. Prior to last Saturday, he's had only one goal and three assists in seven games during an injury-riddled month.
On the other hand, Simmonds has continued his hot tear, scoring his NHL-leading 9th goal of the month. In February, he has nine goals and three assists.
It was a tug-of-war game all night for the Flyers and Jets. Though the score resembles that fact, the shots did not as they favored the Flyers, 55-26.
Pavelic was on top of his game, especially in the third period when he made a fantastic glove save and right-pad save in the final five minutes of the period. Despite giving up five goals, he stopped 50 shots.
Bryzgalov wasn't as impressive on his side. Granted the Flyers penalty kill unit gave up goals on all three power play opportunities the Jets had, Bryzgalov managed to stop only 22 of the 26 shots faced. But a win is a win and hopefully he rides off of that fact.
Aside from giving up four goals, the Flyers played a style of hockey they haven't played much all season. The play was fast-paced, bodies were flying and the team never gave up once.
They overcame a bad game from their goalie and a team that has had their number all season.
It wasn't pretty but it was 60 minutes of hockey that the skaters played. Complete that with better goaltending and the Flyers may get over the hump as a serious Cup contender.