Flyers rally to beat Jets 5-4 in OT

admin Last updated on: February 17, 2024

WINNIPEG — Jaromir Jagr scored with 43.6 seconds left in overtime on Philadelphia’s 55th shot of the game, giving the Flyers a 5-4 victory against Winnipeg and costing the Jets a chance to move into first place in the Southeast Division for the first time this season.

The Jets nearly survived Philadelphia’s bombardment to steal two points, only to have Wayne Simmonds score with 10.8 seconds left, stuffing a centering feed from James van Riemsdyk behind Ondrej Pavelec.

The Flyers had six of the seven shots in overtime. The last one came after Daniel Briere stole the puck behind the net and fed Jagr for a quick snap shot that beat Pavelec cleanly.

Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Max Talbot also scored for the Flyers, who outshot the Jets 55-26 in the opener of a four-game trip. The 55 shots were the most by any team in a game this season.

But Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, whom coach Peter Laviolette pulled in last Saturday’s home loss to Pittsburgh, struggled again, stopping only 22 shots.

The single point gives the Jets 65, matching Florida for the most in the Southeast Division and Toronto for eighth place in the East. But the Jets trail both teams because they’ve played more games.

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