After a strong run of success, the Flyers took a step back in Canada. Hopefully, the fault is only a small one.
The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Saturday. The Flyers imploded in the second period, allowing four Winnipeg goals.
The first period started in favor of Philadelphia. The Flyers controlled play, and their work paid dividends. Ruslan Fedotnko deflected Kent Huskins’ shot into the Winnipeg net, and the Flyers led. The script looked so promising; similar to the one that pictured the Flyers previous four wins.
Unfortunately, the lead was lost. In the second period, Winnipeg came out with intensity. They would go on to score three goals in the span of two minutes, six seconds. Grant Clitsome, Kyle Wellwood, and Evander Kane all scored for the Jets. Bryan Little would add a fourth, and put the game away. Ilya Bryzgalov was benched for the newly-acquired Steve Mason in the third. Mason fared well, making nine saves and denying the Jets from causing further damage.
The Flyers fell to 17-18-3, and must right the ship having fallen five points out of the final playoff spot. Philadelphia will travel to New York for a pivotal battle with the Islanders. The game will encumber huge playoff implications, with both teams fighting for the eight seed. They will play Tuesday, 7:00 PM at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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