Cleary Scores in Return but Red Wings Fall to Flyers

Danny Cleary scored in his first game back after missing three with a groin injury but it wasn't enough for the Detroit Red Wings, who played an uninspired game in losing to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Despite the loss, the Red Wings clinched their 19th consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Calgary Flames lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Daniel Carcillo scored just 17 seconds into the game, setting the tone for the remainder of the afternoon.

Carcillo's wrister from the left faceoff circle broke through Chris Osgood's glove and into the top corner of the net, giving the Flyers the lead on the game's first shot.

Kimmo Timmonen made it 2-0 at 7:16, beating Osgood from the slot on a four-on-two rush.

Cleary got the Red Wings on the board with 5:52 left in the first, banging home his own rebound from the edge of the crease.

Just 2:15 later, Darren Helm tied things up swatting a backhand chance past Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher off the rebound of a Brian Rafalski shot.

Claude Giroux restored the Flyers' lead only 53 seconds into the second period, beating Osgood when he was left all alone in the slot.

Aaron Asham scored a similar goal with 2:24 left in the period, tipping home a chance from the front of the net after sneaking in behind the defense.

Pavel Datsyuk scored 2:22 into the third period, rifling a shot from the top of the left circle past Boucher, but the Red Wings would not get a fourth goal to tie the game.

Osgood stopped 21 of 25 shots in his first appearance since January. Boucher made 31 saves on 34 Detroit shots.

Neither team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had three chances with the extra attacker while the Flyers had two.

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Chris Osgood makes his first start since January today as the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia is fighting for a playoff spot while the Red Wings have virtually locked up theirs. Detroit is, however, battling with the LA Kings and Nashville Predators for positioning.

The Predators moved to two points up on the Wings with yesterday afternoon's overtime win in Detroit. The Red Wings have two games in hand on Nashville, one of which is today.

The Kings lost in a shootout last night, keeping them one point back of Detroit.

The Phoenix Coyotes are nearly out of reach in fourth place in the Western Conference, six points up on Detroit with four games remaining. The Colorado Avalanche are holding down eight spot, seven points back with five games left. Calgary is tied with Colorado with one fewer game remaining.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 10:22 AM

 

Well that's not gonna quiet the Osgood bashers down.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 12:40 PM

 

Four on two. That's new.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 12:50 PM

 

Welcome back, Danny. With the puck bouncing so much that's the kind of goal that'll be needed today.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 1:01 PM

 

Hell of a shot there, golfing it in. Boucher is not good enough to handle sustained pressure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 1:07 PM

 

So was that the Wings "starting slow" like usual and now they're good or is this gonna be a knock-down drag out kind of game?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 1:18 PM

 

I have one request... KRONWALLED! Is that too much to ask?

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/4/2010 at 2:04 PM

 

Why play defense?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 2:06 PM

 

Our D needs to stop chasing. Led to their 4th goal.

Posted by foster016 on 4/4/2010 at 2:12 PM

 

Our D needs to stop chasing. Led to their 4th goal.


Not just the fourth goal, probably three or four of the last five (going back to yesterday).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 2:25 PM

 

Great shot by Pavs but Boucher should have had it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 2:31 PM

 

Better third but not enough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 3:00 PM

 

That was just a disappointing game.

Seems like Detroit showed up about 10 minutes late right off the bat. Playing a Goalie that hasn't played in what, 3 months, when you need 1 point to clinch a playoff spot doesn't seem like the worlds best strategy. Yeah, Ozzys a good goalie but a lot rested on this game. Right now Colorado and Calgary and have 1 and 2 games in hand on us respectively. Both are playing today but we could find ourselves fighting for our lives in Chicago next Sunday and end up in 9th. This could have been a done deal today but admittedly it's not all Ozzys fault. Lets hope this doesn't bite us in the ass in a week.

EDIT: Maybe not. The NHL site now shows #6 Det and #7 LA as having clinched playoff spots....

Posted by baggss on 4/4/2010 at 4:00 PM

 

I think a lot of people will fault Ozzie for the first goal but at least two of the other three fall as much (if not more) on lack of defensive coverage.

Calgary's loss did clinch a playoff spot for Detroit, though, so now it's all about positioning. Part of me is terrified of playing the NHL-owned team so with the Coyotes pretty much locked in to the #4 seed finishing fifth isn't such a big deal. That said, sixth means a hell of a lot of travel since it'd be a matchup with #3 Vancouver.

Chicago is the only team I really want to play right now but I don't want the Wings to slide that far down. It's a weird position to be in at this time of year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/4/2010 at 8:49 PM

 

I'd like to see the Wings matched up with the Coyotes in the first round, but for purely selfish reasons. A good buddy of mine is HUGE Coyotes fan and not living that far from PHX I'd get to see some Wings playoff action. I saw some last year in Anaheim in the second round. Who knows, maybe I'll get to see Det play LA or PHX in the second round this year...

Glad to see the Wings made it for a 19th second season. Lets hope it's a fruitful one.

Posted by baggss on 4/5/2010 at 3:12 AM

 
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