PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scott Hartnell and Sean Couturier provided the offense while Steve Mason stopped all but one shot as the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday afternoon.
The Flyers (11-12-2) won their fifth straight game at home after dropping their previous two on the road at Florida and Tampa Bay.READ MORE: Fired-Up Sixers Fans Pack Wells Fargo Center For Home Opener
Mason turned away 25 shots in the early matinee, including an impressive pad save on Matt Halischuk on a 2-on-1 Jets chance in the second. He improved to 3-0-1 in his career against the Jets (12-12-4).
Both Flyers goals came off Winnipeg turnovers.
Hartnell scored the game’s first goal just 48 seconds in, capitalizing when Winnipeg gave up the puck in front of its net. It was the Flyers’ lone score in a dominating opening period in which they outshot the Jets 13-2.
Sean Couturier had a short-handed breakaway opportunity in the period that Ondrej Pavelec stopped with a right pad save.
In the second period, Couturier once again forced a Jets turnover on the penalty kill, but this time beat Pavelec on a breakaway for his second goal of the year.READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
Michael Frolik finally put the Jets on the scoreboard with 7:07 left in the third when he slipped one by Mason in front of a crowded net.
Peppered with 34 shots, Pavelec made 32 saves but fell to 7-4-1 lifetime against the Flyers.
Philadelphia handed Winnipeg an ample amount of power-play chances, but the Jets came up empty on all six. The Flyers, who entered with a power-play goal in eight consecutive games, also failed to score on four tries. They opened the second period with 1:25 of 5-on-3 time, but couldn’t manage a shot while up two men.Philadelphia has yet to score a 5-on-3 goal this season.
The loss snapped Winnipeg’s five-game winning streak against Eastern Conference teams and was just its second defeat in Philadelphia in eight games.
NOTES: Flyers captain Claude Giroux’s points streak ended at six games. … In a rare morning start, the game began at 11:30 a.m. local time. … Friday’s meeting was the second of two between the teams this season. The Jets won in a shootout in Winnipeg 3-2 on Nov. 15. … The Flyers begin a six-game road trip Saturday night in Nashville. … The Jets’ six-game road swing continues against the New York Rangers on Monday.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
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