NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Winnipeg
(Tuesday, February 12th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Winnipeg 2
Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves and Tye McGinn recorded the deciding goal early in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers claimed a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.
Brayden Schenn and Kimmo Timonen added markers, while Jakub Voracek added a pair of assists for the Flyers, who won their fourth game in the last six outings.
"What I liked about it was it was 60 minutes of a committed hockey team that went out to win a game to keep us moving in the right direction," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.
Philadelphia, which evened its record on a six-game road trip that lands in Newark on Friday, won for just the second time in eight road tilts in 2013.
Andrew Ladd posted both goals for the Jets, who have dropped five of seven overall.
"I didn't really care much for the game, certainly the outcome," said Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel.
Al Montoya got the start and yielded two goals on 12 shots in two periods before leaving with a lower-body injury. Ondrej Pavelec spelled him in the third period, allowing one score on 11 chances.
Philadelphia greeted Montoya's replacement with a goal at the 4:17 mark, as Voracek's quick cross-ice pass from the right-wing boards was redirected off the skate and then the stick of a charging McGinn.
The lightning-quick nature of the score -- which put the visitors up 3-1 -- precipitated a booth review, which upheld the original call on the ice for lack of a distinct kicking motion.
Winnipeg had two consecutive power-play chances to climb within a goal, but finally did so after Pavelec was called to the bench for an extra skater and Ladd stashed his second of the game past Bryzgalov with 47 seconds to go.
That was all the Flyers allowed, checking away the remaining seconds.
After failing to dent the league's worst penalty kill on the game's first power play, the visitors picked up the first goal of the contest at the 8:07 mark of the first period.
Voracek corralled a loose puck behind the Winnipeg net, and moved to the right side, where he turned and dished into the slot for Schenn, who redirected the puck off Montoya's shoulder and in.
Minutes later, Montoya flashed the pad to stop a Harry Zolnierczyk breakaway, then the Winnipeg goaler was protected by his post on a power play as Ruslan Fedotenko narrowly missed his short-handed chance.
Later on, just after that Jets advantage expired, Blake Wheeler used a blind, backhand pass from the left circle to confuse three Flyers defenders and reach Ladd, who alertly tipped it home for a 1-1 game at 14:12.
It was a 2-1 edge for the Flyers with 2:52 left in the first, thanks to a rare power-play strike. Wayne Simmonds wheeled a loose puck around the cage to Claude Giroux, who dished back to the left point for a blast by Timonen, which sailed cleanly into the back of the net.
Bryzgalov kept it a one-goal margin in the final minute-plus of the period, in a remarkable sequence stopping Evander Kane on three separate occasions and Dustin Byfuglien once as the Jets swarmed around his crease.
The Flyers improved to 2-1-0 in Manitoba since the franchise relocated from Atlanta ... Philly also posted its first regulation victory in Winnipeg since a 4-2 decision against the original Jets on April 6, 1993 ... Voracek leads the club in scoring with 10 points (3G, 7A) ... Wheeler added a pair of assists for Winnipeg ... Prior to the game, the Flyers recalled Zolnierczyk from Adirondack of the AHL and placed forward Jody Shelley on injured reserve with a hip issue that will require surgery ... Meanwhile, Philly forward Sean Couturier missed his second straight contest with the flu.
02/13 00:10:17 ET