One. Point. Back.
Michael Raffl Scored twice and goaltender Steve Mason stopped 34 of 37 shots, propelling the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere also scored for the Flyers, who have won 11 straight regular-season games against the Red Wings in Philadelphia.
With the victory, the Flyers are now one point behind the Red Wings for the final Wildcard Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers came out and were all over the Red Wings in the opening frame, outshooting them 23-3. Brayden Schenn set the tone with the body on multiple occasions, while Michael Raffl got the scoring started just over five minutes in.
Raffl got the Flyers on the board after he drove to the net and fought off Detroit defender Kyle Quincey. Raffl lost Quincey, before taking the puck to the backhand and beating Wings’ netminder Petr Mrazek.
Wayne Simmonds added to the lead just over a minute later after he hopped on a rebound in the slot and put the puck into an empty goal cage to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
After getting pushed around in the opening period, the Red Wings came out rejuvenated in the second period. Andreas Athanasiou made it a 2-1 game in the early goings after he used his speed to outwait Steve Mason and tuck the puck past the netminder’s outstretched glove.
Raffl got the goal back for Philadelphia 7:01 into the period, battling in front to swat a loose puck past Mrazek for his second goal of the game.
Pavel Datsyuk made it a one-goal game once again after he sniped one past Mason in the slot seven minutes later.
Shayne Gostsibehere added some more insurance for the Flyers in the final minutes of the period after his pass to Ryan White down low ended up finding it’s way past Mrazek. The Flyers took a 4-2 lead into the third period.
The Red Wings pressured hard to tie it in the final frame, outshooting the Flyers 21-9, but some key saves from Mason and timely blocks from Shayne Gostisbehere and Radko Gudas helped the Flyers claim a victory.
Tomas Tatar did make it a 4-3 game with under four minutes to go, but a late and costly penalty slashing penalty from Gustav Nyquist ended the possibility of a comeback.
- The Flyers exploded for a whopping 23 shots on goal in the opening period. The team record for most shots on goal in one period is 25
- Brayden Schenn was a wrecking ball tonight. He was throwing his body at everything and really helped set the tone in the opening period. He finished with a whooping seven hits and took the shot that led to the goal from Simmonds
- Wayne Simmonds hit the 25-goal mark in the victory. He’s scored at least 25 goals in each of his four full seasons with the Flyers
- Shayne Gostisbehere’s 16th goal of the season ended up holding as the game winner. Oliver Ekman-Larson (7) of Arizona is the only d-man with more with more game-winning goals than Ghost (5)
GIFS of the Game
Raffl uses his body to shield off Quincey and open the scoring:
Look at that strength:
Brayden Schenn rocks Danny Dekeyser:
Simmonds bangs in the rebound to put the Flyers up 2-0:
Simmer touches bases with Steve Mason:
Raffl battles to score his second of the game:
Ghost looks to feed Ryan White, scores instead:
Steve Mason comes up big
Photos of the Game
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Giroux rocking the Green
Tweets of the Game
Warmups are going to be lit
Irish eyes are smiling tonight with these special St. Patrick's Day warmup jerseys! pic.twitter.com/ZvecDWagkn
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It’s a revolution
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— amy 38Photography (@flyersgirl38) March 16, 2016
Are you feeling it now, Mr. Krabs? pic.twitter.com/4jV4bKA3Yb
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