Flyers Battle Tough -- Come up Short against the Red Wings
The Flyers pushed the NHL's best team for full 60-minutes, but in the end the Flyers suffered a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, thanks to Johan
Franzen's tiebreaking goal early in the third period along with timely defense and saves.
The Detroit Red Wings now join the 75-76 Flyers and 29-30 Bruins for the longest home winning streak in NHL history at 20 games.
"We don't want to talk about it," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We just want to keep it going. Just go out there and play and win games. That's the approach we've had."
The loss however didn't come from a lack of effort from the Flyers bench.
The Flyers fell behind in the first period and battled back to tie the game and even grab a 2-1 lead. After the Red Wings came back to tie it at 2-2, the Flyers stormed ahead for a 3-2 lead again. Other than the first and final goals of this game the Flyers fought to take the lead and the Wings battled to tie it up every time and finally came out on top.
"I don't think the effort was the problem tonight. They scored some power play goals and took advantage of opportunities when they got them." --Peter Laviolette.
Early on, Philadelphia took advantage of facing MacDonald instead of Jimmy Howard, who missed his fifth straight game with a broken right index finger.
Philadelphia out shot Detroit 29-25.
Philadelphia rookie Brayden Schenn had a career-high two goals, helping the Flyers take the first of two leads they couldn't keep against a team that hasn't lost at home since Nov. 3 againstCalgary.
Schenn was in the perfect spot to score into an open net late in the first period when MacDonald didn't get much wood on a clearing attempt from behind the net, turning it over to Danny Briere, who quickly got the puck to Schenn in front of the net.
Schenn's second goal gavePhiladelphiaits first lead 5:22 into the second from the bottom of the left circle, beating Zetterberg to a loose puck that was poorly cleared by MacDonald off a rebound.
Max Talbot recorded his 14th goal of the season in the contest, which surpassed his previous career high of 13 set in 2006-07.
Talbot is now one point shy of tying his career mark of 26 points, set in the 2007-08 season.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots for the Flyers in his first ever appearance against the Red Wings and only his second NHL season.
Bob either lost track or plain sight of the puck in the opening minute of the third period when Zetterberg and Lidstrom made diagonal passes to set up Franzen in front of the net for his league-leading 10th goal to win a game.
Bobrovsky did a fine job in the net at Joe Louis Arena. Fans that are upset about the game or the final score should consider the fact that for a young goaltender possibly finding his 'niche' against teams likeDetroit, this loss and score could have been a lot worse to take.
"There's not much you can do about it when they're zinging it around like that," Hartnell said."They picked us apart a few times out there and that was the difference."
Lidstrom played in his 1,550th game, the most by an NHL player who spent his entire career with one team. He broke the mark set by former Red Wings great Alex Delvecchio.
[07:08] Niklas Kronwall -- Assist: Zetterberg, Bertuzzi
[16:42] Brayden Schenn -- Assist: Briere
[05:22] Brayden Schenn -- Assist: Coburn
[08:27] Pavel Datsyuk -- Assist: Franzen, White
[16:19] Maxime Talbot -- Assist: Hartnell, Read
[18:21] Henrik Zetterberg -- Assist: Filppula, Stuart
[52.0] Johan Franzen -- Assist: Lidstrom, Zetterberg
The Flyers record to date: Overall: [31-18-2-5]; Home: [13-9-1-4]; Away: [18-9-1-1]. This Philly squad has only lost the last two games most recently against two of the best teams in the NHL at this time (Rangers/Detroit).
Philadelphia will play their next game at home against Buffalo this Thursday evening @ 7:00 pm sharp.
Detroit will play their next game at home against Dallas. Congratulations to the Red Wings on their record and entering NHL history upon yet another page.