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Beyak: Win over Flyers makes it three in a row for Jets

Dennis Beyak
11/19/2011 7:25:57 PM
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A period by period report from the Winnipeg Jets' matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers: 

The Jets led 3-1 after the first, recording a season-high 17 shots. For the fifth time this year, Winnipeg got two power play goals in a game. The only downside from the Jets' standpoint was their streak of 17 successful penalty kills was snapped.

Bryan Little scored the game's first two goals 2:15 apart and Jets fans were thinking they may get to see Ilya Bryzgalov relieve Sergei Bobrovsky. Bryzgalov got on the bad side of Jets fans last spring when there was talk of Phoenix moving to Winnipeg - he did apologize for his comments yesterday. Despite giving up three in the first, Bobrovsky had been good.

Eric Fehr made his debut after off-season shoulder surgery. The former junior star with the Brandon Wheat Kings was injured last January in a collision with teammate David Steckl. The Jets picked up Fehr in an off-season deal with Washington.

Evander Kane assisted on one of Little's goals to extend his point streak to three games, he's 3-2-5 in that span. Dustin Byfuglien also had two assists in the first period, giving him nine points in his last eight games.

Great goaltending and more penalties was the story of the second period. Both teams enjoyed a 5-on-3 power play.

Jim Slater scored the Jets' second shorthanded goal of the season to make it 4-1, before a full, two minute 5-on-3 power play for Winnipeg (only their second of the year, compared to 11 against). Byfuglien finally got one by Bobrovsky to make it 5-1, before Scott Hartnell scored his second power play goal of the game to pull the Flyers to within three. The Flyers thought they had gotten to within two, but time had expired before Claude Girioux's shot crossed the line.

The discipline that the team hoped for going into the third didn't happen, but there was more great work by the penalty killers. Evander Kane took three penalties in the third, but in between the good penalty killing, Matt Read - who can really shoot the puck - scored two to make it a 5-4 game. Read has now scored five goals in the last three games. An empty-netter by Nik Antropov put the game away.

The Jets win three straight for the first time this season, as they swept their three-game home stand, beating Tampa Bay, Washington, and Philadelphia.

The Jets were 3-8 on the power play, 6-8 on the penalty kill, and scored a shorthanded goal.

The Jets lead the NHL in shorthanded situations, which is a concern for coach Claude Noel.

Zach Bogosian played 30:52 in the game, including 9:32 of penalty kill time. Antropov was 12-14 on faceoffs. A three-point night for Byfuglien gives him 10 in the last nine games. Ondrej Pavelec tied a career-high with his 12th straight start.

"We took too many penalties," Noel said post-game. "They are a good team."

When asked if this three-game win streak is what the Jets are Noel said, "I hope this is what we are. It's what we want to be. They are playing for each other. We are getting timely goals, and timely saves. I really like our group. I still see us being in the playoffs. But the one thing that still stands out is discipline. I have to get that under control. We will have some meetings on that."

Next up is a three-game road trip that starts in Washington Wednesday (TSN Jets, TSN 1290).

The Bloggers: TSN Radio 1290 broadcasters Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz cover the Winnipeg Jets all season long. Manitoba-native Beyak is the play-by-play announcer for Jets regional games on TSN Jets and on TSN Radio 1290. Munz serves as a commentator for Jets broadcasts on TSN Radio 1290. Munz had previously been the voice of the Manitoba Moose.

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