Jets 3, Flyers 2 (SO)

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Winnipeg center Bryan Little scored in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

The Jets won for the fourth straight time and the third by way of the shootout.

After Little scored, goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen in the shootout to preserve the victory.

The Jets improved to 10-9-2 and the Flyers slipped to 7-10-1

The shootout was the first of the season for the Flyers.

Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was the only Jet to beat Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason during regulation and overtime, scoring power-play goals in the first and third periods.

His blast from the point at 14:23 of the third period tied the score at 2.

Left winger Scott Hartnell and right winger Wayne Simmonds scored in the first period for the Flyers.

Pavelec stopped 32 shots and Mason was brilliant with a 36-save effort.

The Flyers are now 7-7-2 under coach Craig Berube, who replaced Peter Laviolette after the club started the 2013-14 season with three straight losses.

The Jets take a quick flight to Minneapolis on Sunday for a game against the Wild and then return home to face the Calgary Flames on Monday.

The Flyers have the weekend off and then play three straight games at home, beginning with the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Byfuglien opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:36. The big blue-liner took a cross-ice pass from Devin Setoguchi, skated in and snapped a shot over Mason's left shoulder for his second goal of the season.

The goal marked the first time the Jets scored with the man-advantage in 10 games at home.

But the lead was short-lived as Hartnell notched his third goal of the year on a wrap-around just 49 seconds later. The play was reviewed, but the puck was clearly over the goal line before Pavelec reached back and covered it.

The Flyers grabbed a 2-1 lead when Simmonds batted in his second goal of the season on a rebound with the Flyers on the man-advantage midway through the period.

After a scoreless second period, the Jets came out flying in the third and several great chances to tie the score.

Left winger Evander Kane nearly snapped a six-game streak without a goal when he bounced a backhand shot off the post about five minutes into the third period. Minutes later, Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd unleashed a quick shot from the faceoff dot, but Mason snared it.

Winnipeg's power-play unit went to work with just under six minutes left in the game after Flyers' Steve Downie went off for hooking. And it took just 17 seconds for the Jets to strike as Byfuglien let a rocket go that Mason couldn't handle.

The Jets outshot the Flyers 13-4 in the third period, but Philadelphia took charge in overtime with eight shots on Pavelec. Winnipeg mustered only three.

NOTES: Philadelphia C Brayden Schenn scored on each of his last three shots on goal coming into the game. The first came Tuesday in the Flyers' 5-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators and the next two were scored Wednesday in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... Though the Jets did score in the first period on Friday night with the man-advantage, they entered with the worst power play in the NHL, scoring just six goals on 71 tries for 8.4 percent. The club finished last in the 2012-13 season as well. ... Flyers C Vincent Lecavalier began the night six assists short of 500 for his career and needed just 16 points for 900. ... Winnipeg LW Andrew Ladd has developed a flare for the dramatic, scoring the shootout-clinching goal in the previous two games. The Jets captain is perfect on five attempts this year and has gone 7 of 7 dating to his final two attempts last season. ... G Ondrej Pavelec had four of his seven wins in shootouts for Winnipeg entering Friday's action. He has faced more shootout attempts (22) than any other NHL goalie.
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