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Jets beat Flyers in battle of streaking teams

Nov 15, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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The Winnipeg Jets bested the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 via a shootout on Friday, showing that they’re the slightly hotter of two seemingly improving teams.

Like Washington, the Jets are making things happen in “the skills competition.” The Jets are on a four-game winning streak fueled by three straight shootout wins. They’ve already stacked up five SO wins in 2013-14.

Dustin Byfuglien scored both of the Jets’ goals on the power play. After going without a tally despite his tendency to shoot like a forward from the blueline, “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” now has three goals in his last three games.

There’s some good news here and there for Philly, too, though.

Scott Hartnell‘s offensive game seems like it’s back from the dead, as he had a goal and an assist. Four of his five points in 2013-14 have come in the last four games. It seems like Philly’s top line of Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek are dominant once more.

In what’s becoming a trend, Steve Mason was the brightest spot for Philly, though. He stopped 36 out of 38 shots, managing to limit the Jets to one goal in the third period despite a 13-4 shot disparity.

The jury’s still out on how good (or bad) these two teams are, but neither seems ready to just roll over.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Kimmo Timonen?! Are you kidding me?! That’s your final choice Berube?? I can’t believe it. The Jets deserved the win anyway, we spent the 3rd period watching… you just gotta feel for Steve Mason tho. Can this guy get any freakin help? I’ve always been a staunch Giroux supporter but it’s time to step up #28 and do what players like Toews and Bergeron do in crunch time. But seriously Kimmo Timonen?!? when you have Simmonds, Streit, Downie, even Couturier available?! Ugh probably cost us a crucial point.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      That kimmo choice was mind boggling considering all the skilled players that were left. Without a doubt cost us a point. Mason stood on his head the whole god damn game and kept that a 2-1 game while they peppered him with shots. The jets woulda won 5-2 if it wasn’t for him. They need to help him secure that win with a goal. He’s the only reason we got that point. We have no excuse not to win that

      • joey4id - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        What happened to the great defense? Why did Mason have to stand on his head?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        NO ONE has ever claimed the Flyers have a great defense… they have a serviceable group that is far better than ppl who don’t regularly watch the Flyers know. I’d rank their group about 18-23 depending on the night. But you are making yourself look idiotic by incessantly going back to the “but I thought the Flyers D was so great” well. Grossmann is an absolute beast but slow and injury prone. Streit has been far better than I expected and still has two-way skills. Timonen has struggled but is still a savvy vet who’s a PP ace. Coburn has his issues but he usually does a great job preventing odd-man rushes with his elite speed. Schenn has regressed a little from his herculean effort at the end of last season but has the potential to be a better Grossmann. And Gustafsson is up/down but can surprise with an occasional defensive or offensive.flash of brilliance. Overall they can be good, but quit trying to twist Flyers fans words into implying we think our D is elite.

        That said, if the guys all play to their potential then this team is dangerous. They’re starting to score and Mason/Emery have been stellar.

    • phil4444phil - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      You seem like a knowledgeable Flyers fan so I’ll ask you. Have the Flyers been weak in the faceoff circle? I ask because the Jets have this season but their (jets) numbers were up last night. And now that Winnipeg is in the West, GO FLYERS,lol.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        They’ve actually been better most of the time Imo. Last season they were DREADFUL and it cost them goals for and against; this year they’ve been better overall. Giroux will always be around 50%, Lecavalier a little better, and Couturier has shown the most marked improvement. Last season he was terrible and couldn’t be trusted on big defensive draws; now he can and he’s doing pretty well for a 20yr old. But the biggest improvement is Adam Hall who’s been almost 90% over his last hand full of games. He’s the guy this team has missed when they need a key faceoff win to preserve a victory or hold a tight lead on the PK. And he made Talbot somewhat expendable which has allowed Downie to add to one of the best 3rd lines in hockey. They aren’t great in the dot, but they’re getting better… and most casual fans don’t realize a crucial win here or there can be the difference in a game.

        But yeah last night was one of their pooreest performances of 2013.

      • phil4444phil - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Faceoffs for the Jets have been an eyesore for 2 years, but we are improving as well. Sheflie brings the average down, but he’s improving along with the team.

  2. President Charles Logan - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    relax ,,,,, you got 5 out of a potential 6 points on the road trip …..still in baby step mode to crawl back into the thick of things, but it’s more i expected from your team in the past week thats for sure

    • President Charles Logan - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      did i get that right? ya’ll won 3 straight and 2 of them were on this road trip and then this shoot out loss tonight? … hey at least your wonder boy #10 is producing……… for now

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        Bschenn is in the perfect position to continue his development as he and Simmonds provide a physical presence on Lecavaliers wings… he’s 21 and becoming the player I told you he would be. He’ll never be a star but I think it’s safe to assume he can be a 20-30 (maybe more certain years) goal guy annually. He’s nowhere close to as streaky as JVR.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        I don’t get why people get on his case especially considering how young and talented he is. He had no help on that second line when they took Vinny off. Them guys together are gettin it done and makin that 2nd line look great. I love the way schenn plays that physical game and battles for that puck. He’s only gettin better and is becoming one of my favorite flyers

  3. pfpmb - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Really, “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer?” Mr. O’Brien, you personify journalism at it’s finest.

    • phil4444phil - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      I didn’t know what to say to that comment for O’Brien. You put it well.

  4. phil4444phil - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    O’Brien’s writing skills aside (the hamburger slayer?) The both teams are improving. Not “seemingly” improving. Just improving. We don’t see much of Philly here in the ‘Peg this year and that’s a shame. This was a great game to watch, win or lose.

  5. hockeyfan28 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Make a pretty good case Steve Mason is the best flyers goalie since Brian Boucher in his rookie year hey 5 outta 6 points on 3 tough places to play not to bad

  6. crazemastercraze - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    They lost, period.

    • hockeyfan28 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Last I checked every team in the league has lost a game

  7. mclovinhockey - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Would you rather have a guy who scores by deflecting pucks in or a guy who scores by accurately shooting the puck from long distances take a shoot out shot. Let’s not forget, kimmo was like 3rd or something in the shoot out comp a few years back at the all star game. That’s something to be said. The guy is 50/50, sometimes he is crazy on the shoutout, others he just doesn’t have an option and fires it trying to trick the goalie and fails. Honestly, I don’t think I would put him top 3, but top 5 maybe.

  8. pavelfitzgerald - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Mason almost stole that game from the Jets. I was very impressed with him (philly’s D was MIA) but more so impressed with how the Jets didn’t panic or succumb to adversity. When Byfuglien plays like this he is easily a top 10 D man in the league, but he doesn’t play like this every night

    • pfpmb - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      While I think Mason kept the Flyers in the game, he was seriously struggling with his glove. He boobled/double caught 90% of the shots fired at his glove. If it wasn’t for the Flyers D, the Jets could’ve been up early after the first 10 minutes.

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