The Winnipeg Jets coasted to victory after having a massive second period scoring outburst. They notched four goals in four minutes en route to beating the Flyers 7-3. The real turning point came after Farabee was given a five minute major penalty for a late hit on Perreault midway through the second period. The Jets scored two goals on the ensuing powerplay and added two more on the following shifts to slam the door shut on the Flyers.

First Period

The Jets jumped on the Flyers early with three straight shifts in Philly’s end to start the game. With Philadelphia playing on a back to back, Winnipeg wanted to get off to a quick start and have a strong opening period.

The Jets did exactly that as Ehlers opened the scoring five minutes into the game. It came off a faceoff in the Flyers’ end as Roslovic tipped it back to Ehlers who was already in a shooting position. Ehlers snapped it past Elliot who didn’t even have time to react until the puck was behind him.

The Jets kept the pressure up as they doubled their lead a few minutes later. This time it was Sbisa with the rocket as he scored from almost the same spot on the ice and the same spot in the net as Ehlers did minutes earlier.

The rest of the period was back and forth as both teams traded chances and Hellebuyck made a few really nice saves to preserve the two goal lead.

Second Period

It was mentioned before the game that the Winnipeg penalty kill would be something to watch for in this game. They had to kill off a penalty early in the second period as Scheifele was sent to the box for hooking.

To the surprise of nobody, the Jets promptly gave up a goal on the penalty kill as Philly pulled within one. Hellebuyck saved the first one but nobody could get to the rebound except for Niskanen who put it past a sprawling Hellebuyck.

Things got a bit ugly after the Flyers scored as Mathieu Perreault took a really late hit up high. He was in a vulnerable position and didn’t see it coming whatsoever as Farabee was assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.

While you never want to see a hit like that, it was the proverbially turning point in the game. The Jets managed to score two goals on the five minute powerplay as Wheeler ripped a slapshot past Elliot before Scheifele also put one in.

It took a while for the Jets to set up on the five minute powerplay, but they eventually broke through after much effort in the offensive end.

After the powerplay ended, the floodgates were fully opened as Logan Shaw got in on the action and put another past Elliot from the circle.

With the lead now firmly in hand, the Jets still weren’t satisfied as they went out a capped a crazy few minutes with a Laine goal on a partial breakaway. Laine actually tried to pass the puck, but it bounced off the defender and into the empty net.

After the wild few minutes finally settled down, the game got back to its normal pace and the Flyers managed to score a late one with only 28 seconds in the period. The Jets weren’t able to get the Flyers out of the crease and Van Riemsdyk put one over Hellebuyck to get the Flyers’ second goal of the game.

Third Period

With a commanding lead heading into the third period, the Jets just needed to play a simple, clean period and coast to victory. Instead of coasting, they continued to put pucks in the net as Connor scored a powerplay goal with a great tip in front of the net.

Shortly after, Philly answered with a shot that fooled Hellebuyck and snuck past his blocker.

With 10 goals already scored in the game, the teams finally decided that enough was enough and they ended the final ten minutes without a goal from either side.

TL;DR Why the Jets Won

The distinct turning point in this game came from the five minute major on the hit to Mathieu Perreault. The Jets scored twice on the man advantage and added two goals minutes later as they took hold of the game in the second period.

Top Gun

With a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele is Jetsnation’s Top Gun. The top line was dangerous all game long and Scheifele kept his impressive scoring streak alive as he now has 11 points in his last six games.


Next Flight

The Winnipeg Jets get to sleep in their own beds this week as they host the Hurricanes on Tuesday evening. Puck drop is at 7pm and you can catch the action on TSN3.