By Jason Bell, The Sports Xchange
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — NHL leading scorer Jakub Voracek scored unassisted just 10 seconds into overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Sunday night.
The goal was his second of the game and 14th of the season.
Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier fired just his third goal of the season to tie the game at 16:46 of the third period.
Former Phantoms goalie Rob Zepp, 33, a journeyman who has played most of his pro hockey in Europe, made 25 saves in his NHL debut for Philadelphia (13-14-6), while regular backup Ray Emery got the night off after playing in Toronto on Saturday night.
Zepp is the oldest goalie to win in his NHL debut snce 1926.
Philadelphia's No. 1 netminder Steve Mason was injured during practice on Friday, prompting Zepp's promotion from the American Hockey League.
Right winger Matt Halischuk scored his first goal of the season for the Jets (17-10-7), while defenseman Dustin Byfuglien notched his eighth and center Mathieu Perreault added his sixth.
Defenseman Mark Streit, with his fifth, also scored for the Flyers.
The game was the second of eight straight on the road for the Flyers, who play the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night before the Christmas break.
The Jets head out to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec turned in a 19-save performance.
Zepp, a product of Newmarket, Ontario, played the last seven seasons with the Berlin Polar Bears in Germany's top pro hockey league. This season, he earned a job with the Flyers organization and has played 17 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League, posting a record of 8-5-4, with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
He was thrust into the spotlight early with a pair of saves on the opening shift as the Jets top line of center Brian Little, right winger Blake Wheeler and left winger Andrew Ladd came out firing.
Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien pinched to keep the puck in the offensive zone but missed, springing center Claude Giroux and Voracek on a two-on-one break. The Flyers captain carried the puck in the Jets end and fed Voracek, who beat Pavelec just 46 seconds into the game.
Winnipeg responded with a pair of goals in a span of 55 seconds as Zepp was simply abandoned by his defensive corps. Halischuk stole the puck at the top of the circle and blasted a slap shot past Zepp at 6:38, and then Byfuglien picked up Little's clean faceoff win, carried the puck down the wall, cut to the front of the net and flipped it in at 7:33.
Zepp was rock solid for the rest of the first period and well into the middle frame. But after stopping right winger Michael Frolik's shot from point-blank range, he couldn't reach back in time to stop Perreault on the rebound at 11:21 of the second.
He made a highlight-reel stop with just seconds left in the period, snapping out his right skate while sprawled spread-eagle on the ice to steal a sure goal away from center Mark Scheifele.
The Flyers pulled to within a goal at 6:06 of the third period when Streit picked up the puck in the high slot and ripped a wrist shot to the top corner.
That set the stage for the heroics by Lecavalier and Voracek.