The Philadelphia Flyers are soaring again.
After a rough start to their road trip, the Flyers held off the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday. Philadelphia survived a late Jets rally, and will leave Canada 1-1.
Ilya Bryzgalov opened with a huge save from a Brian Little putback.. Little grabbed the rebound from a previous shot, and could not convert against the Flyers goaltender. Shortly after, Ja Voracek flicked the puck blindly to the net from the far right board. Sure enough, Brayden Schenn dispatched the aerial puck into the Winnipeg net for the 1-0 lead.
On debut, Harry Zolnierczyk blocked a Jets shot at the blue line. He scooped up the loose puck and was off on a breakaway, only to be stopped by goaltender Al Montoya. The Jets would tie the game at one, after Andrew Ladd poked a pass past Bryzgalov for his fifth 2013 goal.
On a Flyers power play early in the second, Philadelphia attack the Winnipeg zone. Wayne Simmonds nearly scored on a rebound, but the puck his the back post. The deflection sent it out to Kimmo Timonenn at the blue line. Timonen’s shot rocketed into the net past Al Montoya. Suddenly, the Flyers had a 2-1 lead. Ilya Bryzgalov would go on to make colossal saves through the remained of the second period. The Jets controlled play, and without the Russian, Philadelphia surely would have left Canada unhappy.
Early in the third period, Ja Voracek picked off a Jets pass in their defensive zone. His shot deflected off Tye McGinn’s skate and in. McGinn’s goal would decide the contest. Andrew Ladd scored in the final minute, but the Flyers hung on to top the Jets, 3-2.
The Flyers improved to 6-7-1, and will travel to New Jersey and play the Devils Friday, 7:00 PM at the Prudential Center.