By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers look to continue their two-game win streak as they head to Detroit for an important game against the Red Wings. While the Wings are already out of the playoffs, the Flyers are still very much in the heat of the race. Petr Mrazek will look for revenge as he starts in goal against his former team for the first time.
First period: Not much to say about this one. The Flyers killed off a Gudas interference penalty, their eighth straight kill. Shots were 13-9 in favor of the Red Wings, but it was still scoreless after one.
Second period: Things went from bad to worse as Larkin scored on a two-on-one with a snipe past Mrzaek ending a 17-game goalless streak. They would score again just over a minute later as Glendenning scored shorthanded, his first goal in 18 games. Couturier brought the Flyers back within one as Couturier scored his 30th goal of the season and his 100th of his career on the powerplay, ending a 15 game goalless streak. The good times wouldn’t last as Svechnikov scored his first NHL goal to give the Wings the two-goal lead as the period came to an end.
Third period: The Flyers kept pushing and it paid off as Laughton had a great shift that ended with Read tipping in a goal. Gostisbehere scored a laser on the powerplay tying the game at three. Larkin answered with a brutal snipe after a scrum behind the net. Konecny scored less than two minutes later as the puck bounced off of him into the net. After review the goal stood. Dekeyser took a late interference call with just 34 seconds left, but the Flyers failed to capitalize in regulation.
Overtime: Both teams had good chances, but it was Howard and Lyon who both turned in huge saves.
Shootout: Nielson scored in the first round for the Wings, and the following 5 shooters for both teams failed to score, giving the Red Wings the shootout win 5-4.
Takeaways: Just when we thought this team turned a corner. The first 45 minutes or so was all Red Wings, and it was only desperation that pushed them in the 3rd period. The Blue Jackets passed the Flyers in the standings, Now you just have to hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of the playoff hopes.
Three stars of the game:
3) Alex Lyon
2) Jimmy Howard
1) Dylan Larkin
DET: Larkin (Helm)
DET: Glendenning (Daley)
PHI: Couturier (Giroux, Gostisbehere)
DET: Svechnikov (Frk, Larkin)
PHI: Read (Laughton, Lehtera)
PHI: Gostisbehere (Giroux, Voracek)
DET: Larkin (Mantha)
PHI: Konecny (Couturier, Giroux)
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