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Game Recap: Jets vs Flyers

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The first game of the season's longest road trip finds the Jets losing to the Flyers 5-2

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First Period: Hellebuyck gets the start, and Mason gets the start for the Flyers. Gostisbehere is a healthy scratch which is mind boggling after he was named Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Thursday morning. Jets Thorburn's 700th NHL game. Yes, 700! Jets' key to the game is stay out of da box!  Ehlers tests Flyers' MacDonald early. Close call on a too many men penalty for the Jets.  Byfuglein to Petan who shot it wide.  Jets are all over the Flyers by the 16:00 point.  Flyers' Konecny takes a slashing penalty at 15:29. Jets on the PP.  Jets win the draw and control the play.  Flyers' Mason had to swim across the crease to make a save. Flyers' kill some time on the penalty by controlling the puck in the Jets' zone. Burmistrov across to Thorburn who had a nice chance.  Penalty over with 3 Jets' shots.  Flyers' Giroux with two quick shots.  Wheeler gets a chance up close. Flyers have 0 registered shots at the 11:11 mark! Ouch! Scheifele gets tripped up by Voracek, loses the puck to Flyers' Couturier and pots it! 1-0 Flyers! Well, Crappers!  Flyers' Read passes to Raffl, and beats Hellebuyck blocker side! Argh! 2-0 Flyers on TWO shots! Well, Double Crappers!

Speedy Tanev goes for the wrap around, as the Flyers' Mason gets caught behind his defencemen. Flyers doing a good job not letting the Jets out of their zone.  Howden with some good work and squirts it to Thorburn who gets the shot off.  Flyers' Simmons gets a shot off in the slot but goes wide.  Good pressure by the Wheeler, Petan and Dano line after Trouba battled Flyers' VandeVelde making him cough up the puck.  Flyers controlling the puck in their own zone now, so it seems the Flyers are winning the puck possession battle. Shots are 9-4 in favor of the Jets so far.  Ehlers tries to steal the puck as he pressures the Flyers' D.  Period ends with the Flyers not really missing the offense of the benched Gostisbehere, while the Flyers owe a ref a beer on a missed tripping call.

Second Period: Flyers' start the second period where they left off , and manage keeping th epuck inthe Jets zone for the first 40 seconds.  Bit of a miscue as Dano left a puck for Buff but it was fumbled. Long lead pass by Flyers' Bellemere to Wiese as Del Zotto gets a shot off.  Howden with some good speed with the puck. Flyers' Read to Bellemere who gets a slapshot off towards Hellebuyck.  Flyers' transition game giving the Jets fits right now.  Laine, Scheifele and Ehlers control the puck in the Flyers' zone and manage a shot.  Good steal by Burmsitrov and Howden gets another shot off on Flyers' Mason.  It just a matter of time before Howden scores his first as a Jet.  Wheeler with all the work, loses the stick, kicks the puck to Petan, who cross ice passes to Byfuglien, who scores!  2-1 Flyers! Ehlers with a breakaway, then Laine with a chance as the goal has put a spark into the Jets. Petan with a point in every NHL game he's played in so far this season! Speedy Howden tries to pass to an open Burmsitrov.  Wheeler to Enstrom who gets the shot off.

Jets are buzzing around in the Flyer's zone. Copp with a chance but turned away. Laine robbed by the glove by Flyers' Mason, as the chances are fast and furious for the Jets. Ehlers to Buff, back to Ehlers, takes it in and give Flyers' Mason some high heat!  Wheeler and Flyers' Raffl get into it.  Chariot and Flyers' Cousins get nasty behind the Jets' net.  Flyers with all the pressure now., as Flyers' Streit gets it past Hellebuyck! Hellebuyck needs to be more in tune and it's 3-1 Flyers.  It's Broad Street Bully Beat 'Em Up Tough Guy Night in Phiily.  Went to a fight at the Spectrum and a hockey game broke out, or something to that effect! Here's a bobbleheaded namesake of mine Dale  "Sideshow Bob" Rolfe being pummelled by Dave "The Hammer" Schultz when I was a mere infant!  Goon it up, boys!

Flyers' Streit turns away Ehlers. Wheeler scores after a nifty passing play with Scheifele and Ehlers! Flyers 3-2! Petan is now out with Laine and Dano. Flyers' Schenn smokes one off the post after Provorov gets stopped by Hellebuyck, and the period ends. Flyers holding the lead 3-2.

Third Period: In case you've been living under a rock, new Metallica will be released tomorrow! Just sayin'. Jets are up 21-14 in shots so far.  The Jets have 25 third period goals so far this year, leading the NHL.  Dano in the Flyers' zone creating havoc.  Wheeler cross ice to Scheifele and saved by Flyers' Mason who aggressively challenged the shot.  Flyers' Schenn to Giroux, save by Hellebuyck. Flyers' Weise with the high slapshot, Jets in transition as Scheifele to Ehlers and toe drags the shot.  Flyers' Mason has been the difference maker in this game.  Flyers' Del Zotto with a chance now.  Off the draw and Flyers' Simmons finds it in front. Flyers 4-2! Long shot in by Buff and easy catch for Flyers' Mason.  Copp, Tanev and Lowry try to get something going deep in the Flyers' zone.  Dano parks himself in front of the Flyers' net and Jets get a  few shots away. Flyers are gumming up the works well, as the blue line is impenetrable.

Flyers' Provorov takes a Ehlers slapshot off the leg. Stinger!  Only one penalty so far in the game...oh the irony, considering it's tough dude night in Philly! Tanev with a great chance up close.  Ok, I spoke too soon as Lowry and Flyers' Simmons tie each other up behind the Flyers' net and share punch recipes for the upcoming holiday season. Flyers' keeping the puck in the Jets zone.  Alright, I jinxed the penalty shortage as Jets' Thorburn called for a crappy interference penalty with just over 4 minutes left to play. Questionable calls have been the death knell for the Jets in this game.  Scheifele and Wheeler breakout on a shorthanded two on one, but a curl and drag by 55 doesn't beat the Flyers' Mason.  Byfuglien with a short handed rush now. Shots are 30-21 for the Jets, as they kill the penalty with 2 minutes left in regulation.  Jets pull Hellebuyck, but can't convert on the man advantage. Time out Jets with 1:19 left.   Flyers' Manning fires it down the ice and into the Jets' net. Flyers take it 5-2