The Flyers took advantage of a struggling Red Wings team on Black Friday, dominating Detroit in a 6-1 win.
Scott Laughton got the scoring started for the Flyers as he capitalized on a breakaway. In his fourth game back from breaking his finger, Laughton has now scored in two games straight. Matt Niskanen picked up the lone assist.
Robby Fabbri tied the game towards the middle of the first period. His goal was the Red Wings’ first since the second period of their 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils three games ago. Their drought stretched over 164 minutes of play.
Shayne Gostisbehere gave the Flyers the lead at the end of the first, potting a power play goal in the last minute of the period. It was his first goal in over a month. Ghost had been a healthy scratch for the previous three games. Jake Voracek and Sean Couturier got the assists.
During intermission, Ghost said that he had been putting too much pressure on himself, and that he’s trying to have fun again.
There was good news for the Flyers as they took the ice for the second period. After taking a shot to the face during the first, ironman defenseman Matt Niskanen returned with 15 stitches, a nose full of gauze and a full face cage. Niskanen has been one of the most consistent players on the roster so far this season, and one of the most positive additions this team made coming into the 2019-20 season.
Nisky made his presence known in the second as he picked up an assist on Sean Couturier’s goal with 12 seconds left in the period. Voracek also got an assist.
The floodgates opened early in the third as Kevin Hayes and Oskar Lindblom scored within 30 seconds of each other in the first minute of play. Laughton and Farabee as well as Provorov and Voracek got the assists, respectively.
While the game was pretty much over by the time Lindblom scored, James van Riemsdyk put the cool whip on the pumpkin pie as he scored with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. It was his first goal in over three weeks. Pitlick and Hagg got the assists.
While the Flyers’ top line of Giroux, Frost and Konecny was held pointless, twelve Flyers skaters recorded at least one point in this game and four players had more than one.
Despite the offensive outburst, the true star of the game was Carter Hart. Despite being out-scored 6-1, the Red Wings took just one less shot on goal than the Flyers. But Hart was phenomenal, saving 32. He was especially good in the first period, when the score was close. It was Hart’s twelfth career game giving up just one goal.
The Flyers now have 22 points in the month of November, the most in the NHL. They are back in action tomorrow as they take on the Canadiens in Montreal.