The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night went into Winnipeg and were playing against a franchise which they have had their problems with in the past few seasons. It was a beginning of a road trip that the Flyers wanted to start off with a victory. The Flyers had late heroics in the game and defeated the Jets in overtime, 5-4.
Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers scored a game tying goal with 9.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game for the Flyers at 4-4 and Jaromir Jagr scored the overtime game winner 4:16 into the overtime period. It had been a game of total frustration for the Flyers for about 59 minutes of the game but the Flyers showed a lot of heart and will and found a way to win the game. This was the Flyers first win over Winnipeg this season after suffering three loses.
For almost the entire game the game featured many of the frustrations the Flyers have faced for most of this season. The Flyers have become accustomed to these all season long. The Flyers had a lot of shots on the opponents goaltender but were frustrated by not being able to net more goals. They also gave up mulitiple power play goals in another game, and of course the goalie situation has now become a major problem on this team right now. The Flyers though overcame all this and still found a way to win and get an important two points which they desparately needed.
The Flyers really do have to get this goalie situation answered and solved because it is going to be a major problem down the road which will end their season. The Flyers also have to do a better job of killing off penalties as well. The Flyers on Tuesday night allowed a team to again score on three power play goals and that will also be a problem for them if they don't solve this too.
The Flyers can not complain about having chances in the hockey game at all. The Flyers fired 55 shots on the Winnipeg goalie which tied their franchise record for most shots in a road game.
The game was about the play in front of Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. That is going to be the key the rest of the way for the Flyers. Jaromir Jagr's game winning goal was the 16th overtime goal of his career, setting an NHL record. The Flyers continue this road trip with games in Edmonton, Calgary, and San Jose. The Flyers are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. From this point going forward every point is going to count.