Following an emotional ceremony that saw the Flyers retire their greatest defenseman in team history--(#2) Mark Howe, the Flyers shut the door on one of the NHL's most powerful offenses for a 3-2 victory.
However the mood had been set pre-game though, the Wings struck first when Henrik Zetterberg scored on Detroit's first shot of the game--four minutes into regulation play.
Detroit's lead wouldn't stand for long. Voracek snagged the puck from along the boards behind the net and converted a sweet wraparound past Joey MacDonald for his 12th goal.
Following his game tying goal, Voracek was caught with his head was down along the boards. Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall stepped in and blasted Voracek with an shoulder-to-face shot that knocked the Flyers forward to the ice. Recall for a moment also that Kronwall delivered a similar style hit to Briere when these two squads met back in Detroit for their last match up.
Dazed, Voracek reached all fours and staggered to the locker room.
Voracek required stitches in his upper and lower mouth. Kronwall did not leave his feet, Voracek's head was down and the refs ruled it a clean check.
"It was a tough hit, he took it right in the head," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's frustrating. He's having a terrific year and is a terrific player for us. It's substantial when you're battling through a lot of injuries and you take a hit like that."
Flyers and Red Wings briefly exchanged some words, but no punches were thrown. Instead, the Flyers rallied around their fallen teammate and stretched their winning streak to three games.
Claude Giroux next beat MacDonald on a breakaway for his 24th goal of the year, which was fed from Braydon Coburn who had the puck behind the net, sent it along the boards and Giroux pounced. He was all alone in the open ice and fired the backhander for the 2-1 lead.
With that goal and an assist, Giroux surpassed his career-high in points, which had been 76 set last season. Giroux has 24 goals and 53 assists for 77 points.
Max Talbot also had a short-handed goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a well played win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. This goal came as a rebound from a deflected attempt off of MacDonald's pad that Giroux had tried to sink just seconds before. Talbot has proven to be an all-around player as he contributes in any means this squad requires of him and has been scoring rather consistently to boot.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 37 shots and has turned into the top-tier goalie the Flyers expected when they acquired him last summer.
Franzen gave the Flyers a scare when he beat Bryzgalov to make it 3-2 midway through the third. But Bryz made 20 saves in the third alone to secure the Flyers a winning record at home of [16-10-5].
The Flyers played Philladelphia 'Bully-style' hockey on a night that saw the raising to the rafters of Mark Howe's #2 jersey. With the victory, the Flyers have won ALL four games in which they have retired a number in a pre-game ceremony by now, a 21 to 9 margin. (The Flyers did not retire Barry Ashbee's #4 prior to a game).
The Flyers have won three games in a row for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from December 2-15, 2011.
The next face-off for the Philadelphia Flyers comes against the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center, in Sunrise Florida this Thursday evening. The puck drops at 7:00 PM sharp and the game is televised on CSN.