A game-time decision, Josh Morrissey returned to the line-up on Sunday afternoon while Sami Niku watched from the box. With Philadelphia playing back-to-back games, the Jets were looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Kyle Connor opened the scoring just over half-way through the first period with his 11th of the season. Not long after, Radko Gudas was called for roughing against Mark Scheifele and in the dying second of the power play, Morrissey netted the second of the game. Welcome back, indeed. Three minutes later, Jakub Voracek got the tip in front of Connor Hellebuyck and cut the Jets’ lead in half.
At the end of the first, SOG were 17-6 in favour of Philadelphia but the Jets were up 2-1.
Josh Morrissey: Breakin’ on Through to the Other Side. #NHLJets #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/RBT9Xx83yg— Spinorama Hockey (@spinohockey) December 9, 2018
A little slow-going in the first half of the second period, but Hellebuyck continued to look sharp. Brandon Tanev got his fifth of the season off of a rebound from Morrissey to get things going. From there, it was pandemonium.
The Flyers made a goaltending change and Anthony Stolarz took up space in the net. Unfortunately for Philly, it didn’t matter. Blake Wheeler drew a hooking penalty and right from the faceoff, Dustin Byfuglien threw a shot at net that got tipped a few times and made its way past Stolarz. Less than a minute later, with Byfuglien in the box, Wheeler slipped away on the breakaway and made good on a shorthanded goal.
The Flyers in typical Flyers fashion get chippy towards the end of the second. Robert Hagg pushed Connor into the boards from behind and received five plus a game misconduct. Have to imagine he will get a call for that one. Some punches were thrown and the period ended with the Jets up 5-1.
Side note: This goal shows exactly why Wheeler is the captain - despite Shayne Gostisbehere literally breaking his stick over Wheeler’s right skate, he finishes the play and is rewarded his fifth goal of the season. See below.
.@BiggieFunke with the silky smooth shorty.— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) December 9, 2018
Cast your @adidashockey #NHLAllStar vote: https://t.co/UMLrV7FrgG. pic.twitter.com/IFYsGpiBpn
Less than two minutes into the third, the Jets got their sixth of the game after Tyler Myers slips a pass over to Bryan Little. The Jets showed absolutely no sign of slowing down and moments later, Myers gets his own. A failed poke check attempt by Stolarz and Myers gets the puck up and over his stick.
Dale Weise hit Mathieu Perreault who, while falling, was also hit by Scott Laughton. Perreault left the game and did not return.
Jets win 7-1.
Highlight of the Night
That smile from Dustin Byfuglien says it all as the 2nd period concluded with a melee between the Jets and Flyers and 33 holding onto two opposing players. https://t.co/pqiQbWyrjG pic.twitter.com/Ppfzc0LafD— Dave Minuk (@ICdave) December 9, 2018