Flyers soar higher than Jets in Philly
Perreault’s pair of goals not nearly enough for Winnipeg to avoid second straight loss
Wayne Simmonds, Chris VandeVelde, Nick Schultz and Brayden Schenn scored, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Win- nipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Sean Couturier added an empty-netter as Philadelphia won for the fourth time in five games while trying to make a desperate run at a playoff berth.
Mathieu Perreault scored twice for the Jets.
Schultz snapped a tie game in the second period with his first goal of the season, ending a 125-game drought. Petra Straka got his first NHL point on the assist, and Ryan White also had his first assist of the season on the goal.
Steve Mason made 36 saves for his second win in two games, though his first as a starter since Jan. 8. He had been sidelined with a knee injury and got the win against Arizona on Tuesday in relief of a shaky Ray Emery. With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defence table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home connect him to the crime.
Hernandez’s lawyer countered that the NFL player had “the world at his feet” and had no reason to kill. He repeatedly told jurors that the athlete is innocent and said authorities “locked” in on him as a suspect early on, ignored evidence and conducted a “sloppy and unprofessional” investigation.
Hernandez, 25, is charged in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Lloyd’s bulletriddled body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Mass., home.
Hernandez — who had a $40 million contract as a tight end but was cut by the Patriots just hours after his 2013 arrest — could get life in prison if convicted.
In a separate murder case that has yet to come to trial, Hernandez was charged last year in Boston with killing two men in 2012 after someone spilled a drink on him at a nightclub.
Prosecutors in this trial have suggested that Lloyd may have been killed because he knew too much about that crime. But the judge has ruled that prosecutors cannot tell the jury about those slayings.
Flyers defenceman Michael Del Zotto, left, takes the puck from Jets captain Andrew Ladd on Thursday in Philadelphia.
Opening statements were made Thursday as former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez went on trial for murder.