For the second straight time against the Winnipeg Jets, the Flyers started the game in embarrassing fashion, conceding the first three goals of the night to the Jets. Scott Hartnell scored before they went to the dressing room, but the Jets came out flying in the second, notching two more before Hartnell again tallied on the power play. That's when Flyers rookie Matt Read got hot.
By now you know the Flyers came up short, but Read's third period heroics were a big silver lining in an otherwise forgettable night for the Orange & Black. Below, a look at Read's third period pair, both nice illustrations of his confidence with the puck when staring down a goalie.
Watch Read notch his seventh goal of the season here, taking a Hartnell pass and firing it on net before Jets defenseman Mark Stuart could get to him.
Claude Giroux, sans his usual lineman with Jaromir Jagr on the injury shelf, collected assists on both Read goals. Hartnell had one as well, giving him a three-point night.
The Elias Sports Bureau says that Matt Read's last five goals are the most for a Flyers rookie in a four-game stretch since Mikael Renberg did it in February of 1994. He leads all NHL rookies in goals and has the fourth most points among freshmen (13). Not bad marks for Bob McKenzie's choice for the Calder Trophy.
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