Flyers-Jets third-period highlights
Steve Mason made 25 saves to earn his eighth win of the season. (AP)
There was concern in Tampa late Thursday night over just how the Flyers would come out to play Friday morning against the Winnipeg Jets.
It’s been years since the Flyers played a game at 11:30 a.m. Coming off two road losses in which the Flyers looked lethargic at times, the early puck drop was a concern for coach Craig Berube.
But the Flyers answered the bell and were actually on their skates, even though there were many lulls, in a 2-1 Black Friday matinee victory at Wells Fargo Center.
Scott Hartnell scored on his first shift.
Goalie Steve Mason was, once again, largely responsible for the victory with 25 saves. He lost a shutout in the final seven minutes on Michael Frolik’s shot out of a scrum.
He had to protect a 2-0 lead in a third period that saw the Flyers take consecutive penalties to rob themselves of any momentum.
That’s five wins in succession on home ice. Gonna be a while, however, before they can attempt to win six.
The Flyers left for Nashville after the game and will play the Predators in the second half of a back-to-back that kicks off a six-game, 12-day road trip,
They'll then hop-scotch across the country to Minnesota, then Detroit, then Dallas, and then up to Canada to meet Ottawa before finishing things off in Chicago.
Hartnell blocked a shot with his left foot late in the game but waved off attention.
The Flyers won’t return to Wells Fargo Center until Dec. 12 when they host Montreal in Danny Briere’s return to Philadelphia.
And often. Well, have to see about the latter but ... Hartnell scored 48 seconds into the game on a nice feed from Steve Downie, who was on as part of a line change. Hartnell ripped one from the high slot for his first marker in five games and his fifth of the season. Downie didn’t get an assist because his pass hit Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien.
Start with Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec’s right-pad stop on Sean Couturier’s shorthanded breakaway in the first period. Couturier blew past two Jets and tried a backhander. Later, during the Flyers' second power play of the game, Jakub Voracek was in disbelief with Pavelec’s save/cover-up on his rebound attempt in the paint that would have it 2-0.
He was on his game that second period with a tough, pad stop of Bryan Little off the rush near the end of the period with the Flyers holding a two-goal lead and Winnipeg trying to make a push.
Vinny Lecavalier came out of the box (interference) in the second period for a good scoring chance and tried to get Michael Raffl his first NHL goal with a pass into the crease. Didn’t work, but a typical, unselfish play from a classy player like No. 40.
Winnipeg was 0 for 6 on the power play as the Flyers' penalty killers were put to the test. The Flyers were 0 for 4 with the man-advantage themselves. Part of the problem now seems to be too much ice for 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen to cover up top as the lone D-man. Too easy for teams to ice the puck.
5 on 3
The Flyers had a one-minute, 23-second two-man advantage to start the second period. And they were simply brutal. One shot. You need no less than four good shots with that kind of man advantage. Voracek had the only shot. Even worse, Winnipeg’s Grant Clitsome had a shot on Mason shorthanded. The Flyers have not scored 5 on 3 the entire season.
Couturier made sure his second attempt at a shortie counted in the second period with a breakaway goal off a Tobias Enstrom turnover he forced. He slipped the puck under Pavelec for a 2-0 lead.
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson was a healthy scratch. He had a number of turnovers during the 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay. Defenseman Hal Gill and forward Jay Rosehill were also healthy scratches.
Matt Read returned to the lineup after missing the loss in Tampa with a bruised foot. ... Strong crowd turnout for an early Black Friday morning, no doubt enhanced by the club’s special early-bird sales. ... Defenseman Andrej Meszaros replaced Gustafsson in the lineup. He had not played since Nov. 7, sitting out nine games. Meszaros took two penalties in the game. ... Former Flyer goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had 33 saves in his 3-0 Edmonton debut against Nashville on Turkey Day. Elias Sports Bureau said Bryz’s shutout marks the second time a goaltender has had a shutout in his first start for the Oilers. Jussi Markkanen was the first, in a 2-0 victory at Anaheim on Nov. 28, 2001.