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.


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.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Flyers – 3/6

I wasn’t going to write up and postgame notes ’cause the Wings’ power play effort has me p*ssed off, but I don’t want to do a formal recap of the game right now either so I’ll start with notes.

After the game, Babcock said he thought the Wings played the Flyers hard but gifted them two goals. I won’t disagree about the gifts but I’ll be damned if that was the Wings playing hard.

Even though Detroit came back to outshoot Philly, was there ever a moment where the Flyers felt threatened? Sure, they were mad after Niklas Kronwall‘s hit on Jakub Voricek (more on that to come) but I don’t think they ever thought, “Man, we might lose this game.”

People used to talk about the aura the Wings had. Around the time that you started hearing that the Wings didn’t need a fighter because their power play was a better enforcer than a fourth-liner would ever be, people talked about the team like they were a force of nature. This team doesn’t have that. Quite honestly, they haven’t earned it.

Now, some of that is the fact that seven players who should be in the Detroit lineup right now are injured. Yes, I think Patrick Eaves should be in over Jan Mursak or Cory Emmerton. And to a certain extent, the guys who are left are doing what they can.

That said, losing one power play unit doesn’t make the other one suddenly forget how to get the puck to the net. Multiple power plays with no shots on goal? That’s just absurd.

As for the Kronwall hit… Earlier I said I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a suspension but that I don’t think there should be one. I’m going give Shanahan some more credit than that and change my mind. There won’t be a suspension there. That’s the poster child for a “keep your head up” play. While no one wants to see Voracek hurt, we also don’t want to see that kind of hit taken out of the game.

For those who missed it, that clip is all over the Internet right now but I’ll get a version of it up on DH.N soon.

Red Wings Call Up Pearce, Janik, Conner

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday that they’ve called up a trio of players from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Goaltender Jordan Pearce, defenseman Doug Janik and forward Chris Conner are all expected to dress when the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Pearce will back up Joey MacDonald, as Jimmy Howard will miss the game with an unspecified lower-body injury suffered during Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Howard left that game after the first period, with the score tied 1-1.

Janik will swap in for Jakub Kindl, who also left Sunday’s game early.

Conner will replace Todd Bertuzzi, who’s been playing through a groin injury.