PHILADELPHIA, PA. — In a rare morning start time of 10:30 am central time the Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers must have been thinking back to there youth hockey games with the early morning start. The Flyers took advantage to a slow start by the Jets and won the game 2-1 to end the modest two game win streak by Winnipeg.
Scott Hartnell took advantage of a friendly bounce on a bad clearing attempt under a minute into the game for his 5th of the season to make it 1-0 for the home side.
Coach Claude Noel tried to amp up yesterdays practice to keep his club on its toes and not get to complacent on this important six game swing through the East, Jets players must have brought the same attitude today as they were lifeless to start the game.
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec one of the only bright spots in todays game stopped 32 shots including 14 in the first period to keep his team in the game only to take the loss.
The Jets dismal power play went 0-6 and was one of the main reasons they lost the game.
The Flyers capitalized in the second while shorthanded after a soft pass between Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom was picked off by Sean Couturier who walked in alone on Pavelec and buried his second of the year to make it 2-0.
The news went from bad to worse for Winnipeg as Evander Kane took one shift in the second and was done for the game with a lower body injury.
Michael Frolik got his seventh goal to get the Jets on the board in the third but it was to little to late.
If Winnipeg would have played the first thirty minutes of the game the way they played the last thirty the end result may have been different.
The Jets will head to Madison Square garden for a Monday night tilt with the New York Rangers and hope to get things back on track.
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