PHILADELPHIA – A rare morning start didn’t bother the Flyers, who jumped out over a sluggish Jets team that couldn’t get going until it was too late.
Scott Hartnell opened the scoring 48 seconds in and Steve Mason stopped all but one shot as Philadelphia skated to a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg on Friday.
As soon as he got the ice for his first shift, Hartnell found an unattended puck in front of the Jets’ net and immediately slapped it past Ondrej Pavelec to put the Flyers up, 1-0.
“I just shot it as hard as I could,” Hartnell said. “I’ll take it. It’s nice on your first shift, right in the slot there’s a little present waiting for you there.”
Mason turned away 25 shots in the matinee that began at 11:30 a.m., including an impressive pad save on Matt Halischuk on a 2-on-1 chance in the second period. He improved to 3-0-1 in his career against the Jets (12-12-4).
The Flyers (11-12-2) won their fifth straight game at home after dropping their previous two on the road at Florida and Tampa Bay.
“It’s huge,” Mason said. “Our Florida effort was terrible.
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