Yes, the overtime loss stings. But that single point earned puts the Jets at 65 points and right in the middle of the playoff hunt. Literally, right in the middle. Winnipeg's 65 points move them into tie with the Florida Panthers (who lead the Southeast Division) and into a tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs for eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Teams all around Winnipeg have games in hand, but the Jets have to be pleased where they stand this morning.
The Jets have picked up at least a point in four straight games now (3-0-1). Lesson to take away from Tuesday: Winnipeg can't afford to sit back and let a team like the Flyers keep coming at them. Not a good plan.
What do you say about Jaromir Jagr? The guy was a threat to score all night and when the Jets gave him a little space in front of the net he made them pay. Hall of Fame talent, right there. The OT winner was his 16th goal of the season.
Free Press ★★★
★ Ondrej Pavelec, G, Wpg. — Guy made 50 saves on the night. What was he supposed to do?
★★ Wayne Simmonds, RW, Phi. — Sent the game into overtime with his tap-in past Pavelec with just 10 seconds left to play. Gave the Jets headaches all night with his big body presence.
★★★ Andrew Ladd, LW, Wpg, — Two goals for the Jets captain, both coming in the second period in a span of 64 seconds. Ladd has 19 goals this year.
1. Winnipeg, Byfuglien 9 (Stapleton, Little) 12:31 (pp)
2. Philadelphia, Giroux 23 (Hartnell, Carle) 15:50
Penalties -- Burmistrov Wpg (high-sticking) 8:59, Talbot Pha (cross-checking) 12:04.
3. Philadelphia, Hartnell 28 (Simmonds, Timonen) 1:08 (pp)
4. Winnipeg, Ladd 18 (Wheeler, Stapleton) 7:52 (pp)
5. Winnipeg, Ladd 19 (Little, Byfuglien) 8:56
6. Philadelphia, Talbot 17 (Meszaros, Grossman) 11:14
Penalties -- Enstrom Wpg (interference) 0:57, Coburn Pha (hooking) 6:34.
7. Winnipeg, Kane 23 (Stapleton) 4:57 (pp)
8. Philadelphia, Simmonds 22 (van Riemsdyk, Giroux) 19:50
Penalties -- Briere Pha (tripping) 3:59, Read Pha (roughing), Slater Wpg (double roughing) 11:39.
9. Philadelphia, Jagr 16 (Briere) 4:16
Penalties -- None.
Goal -- Philadelphia: Bryzgalov (W,21-11-6); Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,22-21-6).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Philadelphia: 1-3; Winnipeg: 3-3.
Referees -- Brad Meier, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen -- Scott Cherrey, Shane Heyer.
Attendance -- 15,004 (15,004) at the MTS Centre.