The Winnipeg Jets took the ice hoping to split their two game Pennsylvania road swing afger Tuesday's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Philadelphia Flyers had other plans.
That wasn't a pretty game by the Jets defensive group. Zach Bogosian in particular was pylon'd a couple of times. He wasn't alone. That said, the Flyers have been doing this all year.
Further to that point - odd man rushes were not an oddity tonight. The Flyers even broke in 3 on 1 at one point in the second period. Michael Hutchinson made an incredible save to keep the game within reach.
That may not have been Hutch's best save either. Hutch made a ridiculous diving save to take away a sure goal in the first. There were two players in his net and Mark Stuart was tangled in his feet. Crazy save. Great effort in getting across by Hutchinson.
The third goal against looked like Edmonton Oilers hockey.
All in it is hard to fault Hutch in this game. I mean the score would hage been 32-2 if he wasn't in net to make any saves.
A happy note: D man Dustin Byfuglien made an early habit of smashing Flyers. Regardless of who initiated the contact, Dustin Byfuglien was left standing over an orange body. It was awesome.
Also happy: Mathieu Perreault continues to pile up points. After being blanked in the early part of the season Perreault has been near a point per game pace for almost thirty games.
More happy: The Kane line was really strong again tonight. Kane and Lowry seem to click regardless of who on their wing. That isn't meant to slight Thorburn, but the youngsters have proven capable of pushing two if the worst possession players in the league into the pluses. This is very encouraging.
Unhappy: Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler were quiet again. That is cool. It will happen from time to time, but they normally do a better job of shutting down the other team's top line.
When us the last time that Wheeler looked dominant? I can't remember.
What did you think of tonight's game? Iz you mad?