24 saves by Ilya Bryzgalov, a rejuvenated defensive effort and two assists by Jakub Voracek propelled the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
The Jets swarmed the Flyers early. Amongst a deafening chorus of "Il-ya" chants from the Winnipeg faithful, a bank off the end boards took an odd hop and Bryzgalov stretched out to make a great save on Bryan Little to keep the game scoreless early.
(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save in the 2nd period. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)
After controlling the level of play through most of the first period, the Flyers were simply outplayed in every way, shape, and form in the second period.
In just the opening 4:10 of the second stanza, the Toronto Maple Leafs scored three unaswered goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the Flyers.
The first goal came on a rebound that bounced off Bryzgalov's pad and right onto enforcer Colton Orr's stick. It was Orr's 12th career goal in over 400 career games and was his first against the Flyers.
After what was looking to be a year without hockey, we found ourselves at the quarter-mark of the 2013 NHL season.
It's already been a fun-filled first three weeks of hockey. Perennial giants are struggling, some super stars are still in search of their scoring touch and even the Chicago Blackhawks have managed to play their first 11 games without a regulation loss.
12 games into the 48-game shortened season, the Flyers find themselves with a 5-6-1 record and 11 points, good for third place in the Atlantic Division.
At that point, they sit behind the first place Devils (7-1-3; 17 points) and second place Penguins (8-4-0; 16 points). It could be much worse, especially since the Flyers were at one point 2-6-0 to start the season.
(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov and Zac Rinaldo after the Flyers won, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Poor play in the third period almost cost the Flyers two points once again.
This time, Danny Briere came to rescue of those points, beating Cam Ward in overtime to send the Flyers to a 4-3 win over Carolina. It was their fourth straight game earning a point, going 3-0-1 on the four-game home stand.
It was also the second straight game the Flyers spend in overtime, having lost to the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.
The Flyers were able to end it before they got to the shootout this time. Briere broke into the zone and skated across the slot, faking a pass to Kurtis Foster before squeezing the wrister through Ward's legs to win the game.
(Picture: Matt Read celebrates after scoring in the second period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Flyers kept shooting and shooting, but Jose Theodore seemed to have an answer for everything.
Theodore stopped 30 shots, including both of the Flyers' shootout attempts in the Panthers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Flyers, but they have earned a point in each of their last three games.
Theodore came up huge in the last two periods and overtime, stopping the last 19 shots he faced to preserve the come-back win.
(Picture: Jose Theodore stones Claude Giroux on the shootout. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)