The majority of Tuesday night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets was ugly.
After the two teams generated 27 combined goals in their first two meetings, the game had the promise of another offensive shootout.
Instead, it resulted in the other kind of shootout, one that came after 65-minutes of uninspired hockey.
With each team struggling to generate any kind of enthusiasm for the first game back from the All-Star break, fans were witnesses to a less than memorable matchup.
However, there was one player who looked more than ready to get back to action.
After re-aggravating a groin injury against the New Jersey Devils last week, Jaromir Jagr returned to the lineup for the first time in ten days.
In the first two meetings between the Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers, the two teams erupted for a combined total of 27 goals.
Both games were full of non-stop offense and up-tempo play.
The same couldn’t be said of their meeting on Tuesday night.
After 65 minutes of less than stellar hockey, the Jets managed a 2-1 win after Bryan Little scored the only goal of a three-round shootout.
The Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers met for the third time this season on Tuesday night and Bryan Little would be the deciding shooter in the shoot-out to give the Jets the extra point in a tight Eastern Conference match up.
Fresh off the All-Star break, the Philadelphia Flyers (29-14-5) are set to face the Winnipeg Jets (22-22-6) tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
After surviving the months of December and January on the road (20 of 29), the Flyers are entering a stretch that will see them play eight of their next ten games at home.
The Flyers cannot afford a slow start to the second half of the season
Jakub Voracek is a big guy.
Standing at 6’2”, 214 lbs., he is one of the biggest players on the Philadelphia Flyers.
With the exception of Jaromir Jagr, Voracek probably has the most skill considering his size and much like Jagr, Voracek has proven that he is a difficult matchup.
In a general sense, Voracek has been a wonderful addition to the team.
However, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have things he can work on.
The injury bug continues to plague the Philadelphia Flyers.
Following their 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, it was reported by several sources that Daniel Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Zac Rinaldo have all sustain injuries ranging in severity.
Matt Brigidi fills you in on the latest.
Ilya Bryzgalov may finally have found his confidence again.
Though it’s arguable that he never lost full confidence in the first place, it was definitely a step in the right direction for the Russian netminder, who still has his doubters.
It was a stellar game in net for Bryzgalov, combined with some timely scoring on the power play for the Flyers that led Philadelphia to a 4-1 win over the Devils Saturday afternoon in North Jersey.
Bryzgalov stopped all but one of the 31 shots he faced, a goal by Alexei Ponikarovsky in the second. He improved to 18-10-3 on the season.
It was a match made in heaven, that is, unless you were a life time Penguins fan.
As heavenly as Jaromir Jagr's presence in Philadelphia has been for his career, his team mates and his fans, it's been rather hellish for the cross-state rival fans.
And unfortunately for those in the Steel City, it could last longer than the duration of the 2011-12 season.
While talking to reporters today, Jagr discussed his future in the NHL. At 39 years of age (turning 40 next month), that seems a little bizarre.
Better yet, he feels his future is filled with a lot of orange and black.
The Philadelphia Flyers (27-13-4) have lost one game at home since the turn of the new year (Winter Classic) and have won their last three home games including Tuesday's blowout of the Minnesota Wild.
Tonight they will attempt to extend their home win streak to four when face the New York Islanders (17-21-6) for the third time this season and the second in just over a week.
The Islanders are coming off a 3-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals, who managed just 17 shots.
Evgeni Nabokov earned his 51st career shutout and first as a New York Islander.
Going back to the offseason, 2011-12 has largely been about turmoil for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Whether it pertains to personnel decisions, injuries or goaltender shuffles, the team consistently has a new issue that is supposed to bring them down.
Even with all the drama, the team has managed to exceed expectations, currently sitting in the fourth seed (27-13-4) of the highly competitive Eastern Conference, only four points out of first place.
With all the other ‘issues’ receiving the majority of attention, there is one occurrence this season that could have become a huge problem.
Since November 9th, the Flyers have played 29 games, 20 of which were on the road.