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Flyers look to exact revenge on Jets

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets faced off, the two teams participated in a back-and-forth display of defensive futility.

After allowing five consecutive Winnipeg goals, the Flyers stormed back with five unanswered of their own only to blow two subsequent leads.

The Jets ultimately won the game by a score of 9-8.

Each team had to use both of their goalies, including two separate appearances for Jets goaltender Chris Mason.

While Mason had a second chance to get the win, Ilya Bryzgalov was not as lucky.

Bryzgalov relieved Sergei Bobrovosky and supplied every thing but relief, allowing four goals on only ten shots faced.

Combined with a poor effort in Montreal the night before and Bryzgalov had come to a breaking point.

"I have zero confidence in myself right now," he said after the game. "I am terrible but I will now apologize in front of the fans, in front of my teammates. I have no answer for you guys. I thought this last game in Montreal that nothing worse was going to happen, but today was worse."

Bryzgalov infamously added that he felt like he was “lost in the woods.”

But instead of crippling the team, the loss has actually seemed to have the opposite effect.

Since falling to the Jets, the Flyers have gone 6-0-2 in their last eight.

During the streak, Bryzgalov has gone 5-0-1 and has held his opponents to two goals or less in each game.

The team’s penalty kill also got a jump-start from the Jets.

After allowing two goals on their first two penalties, the Flyers began a streak of 20 consecutive penalties killed during the second period of the game. The streak was finally snapped during the third period of their 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In total, the team has killed off every penalty since the Jets game with the exception of the one in Tampa.

Matt Read found a spark of his own against the Lightning.

Read has scored a goal in his last three games, including the game-winning goal in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Coyotes.

He scored a goal in the last game against the Jets.

Winnipeg also has a young star that’s shinning bright.

Evander Kane has scored four points in his last two games (3 goals, 1 assist), which includes two goals in the team’s 4-1 win over the Capitals on Thursday.

Kane is turning out to be a bit of a Flyers killer; in his last five games against the team he has scored six points (2 goals, 4 assists), including the game-winning goal in an epic comeback last season, which saw the then Thrashers battle back from a 4-0 deficit at Wells Fargo Center.

But the Jets have not been performing as consistently as their star forward.

Since last playing the Flyers, the team has gone 4-4-2, including a five-game stretch without a win.

The team has since turned it around a bit winning their last two games. During that span, the Jets have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 9-3.

They will look to continue that streak tonight.

**Today’s game begins at an unusual 3 PM start time, so be sure to plan accordingly.


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