The second period didn’t start the way the Flyers would have liked. Just 2:06 into the period, Jets assistant captain Chris Thorburn broke a 59 game goalless streak dating back to last season to tie the game at 1. The second period was an even matchup and the tie would remain until intermission. The third period, in particular the second half of the third period, belonged to the Flyers. The Flyers kept the pressure on the Jets and fired 13 shots at Pavelec. The Flyers outshot the Jets 13-4 in the third period. Despite the barrage of pucks, Pavelec stood his ground and sent the game to overtime.
In overtime, the momentum shifted in favor of the Jets. The Jets would outshoot the Flyers 4-2 in overtime but this time Ilya Bryzgalov would come up big for the Flyers and force a shootout. The Flyers opted to go first in the shootout but Sean Couturier was stopped when he couldn’t settle the puck and fired wide. Ilya Bryzgalov, who hasn’t stopped a shootout attempt all year (0-for-5) coming into tonight, threw his left pad out to stop Kyle Wellwood’s attempt. Claude Giroux went next for the Flyers and fired a wrist shot that was gloved by Pavelec. Blake Wheeler came skating in on Bryzgalov and tried to go five-hole but Bryzgalov closed the five-hole to stop Wheeler. Jaromir Jagr was the third Flyers shooter. He swung wide coming in on Pavelec but he came up with the stop to keep the Flyers off the board. Bryan Little was the third shooter for the Jets and he came in quickly and beat Bryzgalov five-hole to win the game for the Jets.
Despite the wait for the first shot, the two teams ended up with decent numbers and the Flyers outshot the Jets 28-24 but lost by a final of 2-1. The Flyers get back at it on Thursday at 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center as the Nashville Predators come to town.
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