Saturday, February 13, 2016

Flyers, Jets in (17-goal?) rematch; Bryz apologizes

The last time the Flyers met the Winnipeg Jets, they erupted for eight goals in an Oct. 27 matchup.

Flyers, Jets in (17-goal?) rematch; Bryz apologizes


The last time the Flyers met the Winnipeg Jets, they erupted for eight goals in an Oct. 27 matchup.

And lost.

It was the most goals ever scored by the Flyers in a defeat. They dropped a wild 9-8 decision at the Wells Fargo Center, despite outshooting Winnipeg, 48-25.

On Saturday afternoon, the teams will have a rematch in Winnipeg. The Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta this season.

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This will be the Flyers’ first game in Winnipeg since the 1995-96 season.

“It will be pretty exciting to play in front of their fans for the first time,” center Claude Giroux said. “We have to play a better game defensively, obviously, and try to help our goalie a little more. Last time we played Winnipeg, we didn’t help them at all.”

That was the game Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 10 shots while playing in a relief role. After the game said he was "lost in the woods" and had “zero confidence.”

Since then, he is 5-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average.

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Is it me or do Giroux and Jake Voracek, each of whom dyed their mustaches black, remind you of Dan Aykroyd’s character in the old SNL “Wild & Crazy Guys” skit?

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With Jaromir Jagr injured and not making the trip to Winnipeg, coach Peter Laviolette will have to do some lineup- juggling on Saturday. He could insert Andreas Nodl or Jody Shelley into the lineup.

Nodl appears to have recovered from an unspecified injury, and Laviolette may give him the nod because of his attention to defense _ something that was missing the last time the Flyers faced the Jets.

In that game, the teams combined for the most goals (17) in an NHL game since 1996.

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     Bryzgalov has had a strange few days.

     On Thursday, two of his former Coyote teammates chastised him on Phoenix radio.

     On Friday, he apologized to Jets fans for remarks he made last season, when he was critical of the city and said he did not want to play in Winnipeg if Phoenix moved there.

      Speaking to Jets reporters Friday, Bryzgalov said, “I’m pretty sure it’s good people, beautiful people (who) live in Winnipeg. I’m pretty sure it’s passionate fans. I didn’t mean it and I didn’t want to offend anybody. Sincerely, I apologize if I offended anybody in Canada or Winnipeg.”

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