In sports at all levels there is always one or two teams that your team has problems with or just matches up well against you. Well right now for the Philadelphia Flyers it is the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Flyers have lost nine out of their last 10 against this franchise, 1-6-3 in this stretch at the Wells Fargo Center. The last time the Flyers have beaten this franchise at home was in 1996. Well the Flyers again on Tuesday night continued their losing ways against this franchise. The Flyers were defeated in a shootout against the Jets, 2-1. Earlier in the season they lost to the Jets 9-8, and 6-4.
The Jets Bryan Little was the only scorer in the shootout giving the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 win and they also ended their three-game losing streak.
The Flyers' Sean Courturier, Claude Giroux, and Jaromir Jagr were all stopped in the shootout by the Jets goaltender Ondret Paveler. The Flyers shootout problems have continued this season. They historically have been bad in shootouts. They are 1-4 in them. Their shooters are a 5 for 15 this season. Head coach of the Flyers Peter Laviolette seems to have no answers for this problem. It was the Flyers' third straight shootout. They lost to the Boston Bruins, then beat the Florida Panthers, and last night losted to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Flyers opened the scoring up in the game in the first period on the power play goal from Brandan Schenn with 4:49 left in the first period. The Jets Chris Thorburn scored his first goal of the season and tied the game up at 1-1 in the second period. The Flyers out shot the Jets in the game, 28-24.
Both the Flyers and the Jets were playing there first game back from the all star break. It showed because both teams looked rusty. At times there was some good flow to the game and at others some sloppy play. It was very obvious that both teams have not played in a week. It just was not a good hockey game. The Flyers will take the point but it was not the kind of start they wanted to have to start off the second half of the season.