MUST BE GROUNDHOG NIGHT — FLYERS WIN AGAIN!

By Jenny Masters

James van Riemsdyk scored off a rebound with 4:09 left to lift the Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

It was their second straight win after 13 consecutive losses.

Scott Laughton’s shot off goalie Connor Hellebuyck bounded straight to a streaking van Riemsdyk, and he pounded in the puck for his 11th goal of the season.

“It hits off his pad and you’ve got one of the best guys in the game around the net,” Laughton said. “Let him tap that in and win that one for us.”

“I think we’ve done a better job lately of sticking with it and when things start to go bad, not to let them snowball,” van Riemsdyk said.

The Flyers snapped their franchise-worst streak on Saturday and quickly fell back into misery when Kyle Connor, an NHL All-Star, scored 48 seconds into the game. Connor fired one from the circle past Hart for his 25th of the season. Connor scored two of Winnipeg’s four game-winning goals in January and had six total in the month.

Travis Konecny snapped a wrister over Hellebuyck for his eighth goal of the season and tied it 1-all in the second. Oskar Lindblom scored an empty-netter for his sixth goal of the season with 1:14 left in the game.

The few fans that showed up at Wells Fargo Center stood and cheered as Hart wrapped up the game with his 32nd save and sent the Flyers into the All-Star break with a rare reason to feel good.

 

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