Flyers Notes: No Jet lag evident in a.m. start

Posted: December 01, 2013

The Winnipeg Jets discovered they had to get up pretty early in an attempt to beat the Flyers.

Playing Friday at the unusual time of 11:38 a.m., the Flyers defeated the Jets, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers say this was likely the earliest start time since Saturday, March 14, 1992, when they visited the Washington Capitals at 11:05 a.m.

Scott Hartnell, who opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the contest, didn't even need assistance to get up for this game.

"I actually woke up before my alarm this morning around 7:15," Hartnell said.

So the early start wasn't easy, although the Flyers came out flying and outshot Winnipeg, 13-2, in taking a 1-0 first-period lead.

"These are tough games to get going for," said goalie Steve Mason, who seemed to have no problem while producing another strong performance. "You get out of bed, breakfast and then you're playing a game, so I thought the guys did a really good job of coming out in the first period and really taking it to them." 

Of course after the two losses in Florida, the Flyers were willing to atone for those games, even if it meant being a little bleary-eyed.

"When you come into the rink in the morning it's kind of weird but I just had a couple coffees and then I was ready to go," captain Claude Giroux said.

The game started early to allow time to convert the playing surface for the 76ers game Friday night.

Just another game

Apparently Flyers coach Craig Berube felt this was just another game for Sean Couturier, even though he scored the second goal on a shorthanded breakaway after missing a breakaway in the first period.

Couturier, who earned the game's first star, had six shots, two hits and was 11 for 21 on faceoffs in addition to being a major reason Winnipeg was 0 for 6 on the power play.

When asked about Couturier's play, Berube responded, "Just like most nights."

Then he expanded.

"He's very good and he did a good job for us; killing penalties, checking, he scored a big goal shorthanded and he skated really well tonight."

Loose pucks

The Flyers begin their six-game road trip Saturday in Nashville where Predators star defenseman Shea Weber is listed as day to day. Weber was hit in the face with a puck during Thursday's 3-0 loss to visiting Edmonton. . . . During Friday's win, Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann was credited with six hits and four blocked shots. . . . After Nashville, the Flyers will play in Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, Ottawa and Chicago.


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