Jets vs. Flyers final: Philadelphia's power play propels team to 5-3 victory

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

PHILADELPHIA-- Coming off a disappointing loss against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers managed to complete a come-from-behind victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the Jets ability to establish two separate leads over the course of the contest, the Flyers managed to overcome them on way to a 5-3 victory.

Much like the Florida game, Philadelphia began Saturday's matinee sluggishly.

Winnipeg carried play for a good portion of the opening frame and managed to take an early lead when forward Evander Kane was left alone in front of the Philadelphia goal. The Flyers spent the first 13 minutes of the period battling off Winnipeg attacks. The team generated only one shot on goal during that span.

However, the club managed to shift gears and began to find an offensive flair. This resulted in Philadelphia being credited with 16 shots in the final seven minutes of the period. One of those shots resulted in forward Brayden Schenn knotting the game at one.

Winnipeg regained the lead at the start of the second period when Blake Wheeler forced a turnover in the Philadelphia defensive zone. Wheeler then feed the puck to Olli Jokinen who recorded his third goal of the season.

Nine minutes later, Alexander Burmistrov also recorded his third goal of the season, which gave the Jets a 3-1 lead.

Philadelphia would quickly strike back, as captain Claude Giroux pulled the team within one during a 5-on-3 power play. It would ultimately prove to be one of three consecutive power play goals for the Flyers.

Schenn would net his second goal of the game during a man advantage in the third period and earned the primary assist on Wayne Simmonds' game-winning power play goal minutes later.

Zac Rinaldo finished off the game with an empty-net goal as time expired.

Philadelphia will return to action on Monday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center. It will mark the third game of a five-game homestand.

Winnipeg will face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday afternoon.


* Schenn finished the game with two goals and one assist, which tied Jakub Voracek (three assists) for the game-high in points.

*Giroux, Simmonds and Kimmo Timonen each ended the contest with two points.

* Giroux (four games), Simmonds (four games) and Voracek (five games) each extended point streaks.

* Kane has now registered points in six straight games.

* Scott Hartnell played in his first game since Jan. 22 due to a broken foot. He finished the afternoon with five shots, two penalties and one hit in 14:54 of ice-time.

* St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was in attendance at the game. According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Armstrong was in attendance at the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the Panthers on Friday night, as well.

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