Last time these two teams met, 17 goals were scored as the Flyers fell to the Jets 9-8. That had to be one of the worst hockey games I have ever watched in my whole entire life. Right next to the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals where the Flyers played the Sabres (especially the last game, it was horrific). The same goalies that were in net for that high scoring game would be across the ice from eachother once again, Sergei Bobrovsky and Ondrej Pavelec. The Flyers were coming into this game on a three game win streak. The Jets, were coming to this game on a two game win streak beating Tampa Bay and Washington prior to this Saturday afternoon matchup.
Unfortunately for the Flyers, this game wasn’t going to turn out much differently. The Flyers looked hopeless when they trailed 3-1 at the end of the first and 5-2 at the end of the second. They did rally back in the third scoring two goals to come within one goal, but an empty netter sealed the win for the Winnipeg Jets. I won’t go into full detail of the game, but here are some stats:
Scott Hartnell (2 G 1 A) , Chris Pronger ( 2 A) , Matt Read (2 G) , Claude Giroux (3 A)
Sergei Bobrovsky: 34-39 (.872%)
Kyle Wellwood (2 A) , Andrew Ladd (1 G 1 A) , Bryan Little (2 G) , Blake Wheeler (1 G 2 A)
Dustin Byfuglien (1 G 2 A) , Nik Antropov (1 G) , Ondrej Pavelec: 27-31 (.871%)
Just a few more things I want to cover. First of all, Chris Pronger was booed every time he touched the puck all game. I don’t know why, I guess I missed something he did. Also, Claude Giroux appeared that he hurt himself and some classless fans decided to cheer, but it was good to see some real hockey fans booing those who cheered. It was announced that the official 2012 NHL Winter Classic Flyers jerseys will be unveiled on Monday at 11:30 AM in the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse during a special press event. The beginning stages of the installation of the ice rink will commence. For more information on this event click here to read NHL.com’s article on this topic. The Flyers and the Hurricanes will be a third time Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The orange and black look to rebound from a tough loss this afternoon to the Jets against the Canes who they have beat twice already.