Red Wings Remain Winless in Philly Since 1997, Drop 3-2 Decision to Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings lost in Philadelphia Tuesday night, running their winless streak there to seven games with a 3-2 loss to the Flyers.

The Wings haven't beaten the Flyers on their home ice since a pair of wins there en route to a sweep of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. In 62 total regular season and playoff matches, Detroit is 15-36-11 on the road against Philadelphia, with one of the ties coming in a Flyers' "home" game in Cleveland, Ohio.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game's scoring at the game's four-minute mark. Jiri Hudler gained the Flyers' zone on a three-on-two and passed it off to Valtteri Filppula in the right circle. Filppula looked as though he would shoot while cutting to the slot but dropped it to Zetterberg, who cut to the bottom of the circle and roofed a backhander over Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Flyers responded on a Detroit miscue with 6:10 left in the period. Detroit netminder Joey MacDonald came behind his net to stop the puck for defenseman Doug Janik, who thought MacDonald was going to pass to him. The Flyers' Jakub Voracek ended up being the first one to the puck and his wraparound attempt went off the skate of defenseman Brendan Smith, slipping past MacDonald.

With 1:49 left in the first, the Flyers took the lead when Niklas Kronwall failed to hold the puck in at the Philadelphia blue line, leaving Claude Giroux clear for a breakaway, on which he beat MacDonald stick-side to make it 2-1.

Kronwall would be involved in another big play in the first half of the second period, when he stepped up on Voracek, who was attempting to carry the puck out of the Philadelphia zone down the right wing. Voracek didn't see Kronwall coming and put his head down as Kronwall slammed into him.

Voracek also hit his head on the ice on the way down after the hit. He did not return to play.

The Flyers took a 3-1 lead with 5:50 left in the middle period on a shorthanded goal by Maxime Talbot. Giroux had another break in towards MacDonald when Ian White flubbed the puck at the Philly blue line, but White and Kronwall got back to cover him and MacDonald was able to make the initial stop. Talbot jumped up to bang the rebound past MacDonald for the ninth shorthanded goal against Detroit this season.

Johan Franzen made it close at 8:47 of the third, snapping a shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle past Bryzgalov just after the expiration of a Detroit power play. The Wings would be unable to pull even, however.

Detroit went scoreless on four power play tries. The Flyers couldn't score on their two attempts with the extra attacker but did add the shorthanded goal.

MacDonald stopped 20 of 23 shots he faced. Bryzgalov made 37 saves on 39 shots.

The Red Wings' next game will be Friday when they host the Los Angeles Kings.


Notes: The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Todd Bertuzzi, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Patrick Eaves for the game. With Howard out, Jordan Pearce backed up MacDonald. Chris Conner replaced Bertuzzi up front while Doug Janik replaced Kindl on the blue line... Before the game, Philadelphia retired the jersey of former Flyer and Red Wing Mark Howe, a current Detroit scout.

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An even-more-shorthanded Red Wings team heads to Philadelphia tonight for the second matchup of the season with the Flyers.

Detroit, already missing Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson and Nicklas Lidstrom, will also be without Jimmy Howard, Todd Bertuzzi and Jakub Kindl.

Jordan Pearce will back up Joey MacDonald, while Chris Conner fills in up front and Doug Janik slides back onto the blue line.

Prior to the game, the Flyers will retire the #2 of former Red Wing and current Detroit scout Mark Howe.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD. I'll probably join in late as I've got some errands to run.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 6:30 PM

 

No Wings' regular season wins in Philly since January 1997? The two playoff wins there more than even that out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 7:29 PM

 

Just as I was about to bitch about Fil not shooting, Zata with a hell of a shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 7:37 PM

 

Stupid, stupid play behind the net leads to the Philly goal. What a disappointment.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 7:55 PM

 

Brutal break for Kronwall, but damn, that breakaway looked nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 8:03 PM

 

As I've been tweeting, Kronwall's hit on Voracek is interesting. Clearly first contact was to the head but Voracek basically ran head-first into Kronwall. I expect a suspension but I don't know I think there should be one.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 9:04 PM

 

Hrm. Wings with some life. This'll be interesting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/6/2012 at 9:30 PM

 

Helm has played 63 games and has only taken five minor penalties? Impressive.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/6/2012 at 9:46 PM

 

As I've been tweeting, Kronwall's hit on Voracek is interesting. Clearly first contact was to the head but Voracek basically ran head-first into Kronwall. I expect a suspension but I don't know I think there should be one.


Didn't see the hit as I only have radio. From the sound of things, Voracek put himself in a bad position.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/6/2012 at 9:47 PM

 

sh*t...

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/6/2012 at 9:48 PM

 

Paul Woods is obsessed with the Flyer rookies.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/6/2012 at 9:51 PM

 

The Flyers have 23 blocked shots????

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/6/2012 at 9:54 PM

 
Niklas Kronwall

Niklas Kronwall
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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