Red Wings 5, Flyers 4 (SO): Flyers fall short in Motor City

Updated: March 20, 2018 at 10:55 pm by Zac DeMedio

Red Wings (27-35-11, 65 PTS) vs Flyers 4 (37-25-12, 86 PTS) F/SO

Philadelphia lost a game they needed to have in Detroit in the shootout, 5-4. It was a back and forth affair which saw the Flyers come back to tie the game on two separate occasions, but it was just not meant to be their night. Petr Mrazek was pulled in his return to his former home, and Alex Lyon put on a show despite earning the undeserved loss. Sean Couturier finally hit number 30 in the goal column, and Claude Giroux passed a Philadelphia legend on the all time scoring list.

1ST PERIOD

For the better parts of the first period, Detroit carried the play over the Flyers. The home team had more energy from the jump and forced Petr Mrazek into some early saves. Mrazek was up to the task though, as he stopped all 13 Red Wings shots. When the Flyers got their legs moving, they had some chances of their own. The 2nd line made up of Jake Voracek, Nolan Patrick, and Oskar Lindblom continues to gel and cause having for opposing teams each game. Jimmy Howard was forced into making some saves as well, as Philadelphia fired 9 shots his way but couldn’t find the twine on any of them.

2ND PERIOD

Just about 6 minutes into the period, Dylan Larkin opened the scoring for Detroit and in the process snapped a 17 game goalless drought. Larkin’s chance came on the rush after a glorious chance for the Flyers was turned away by Howard. The Red Wings caught Philadelphia with a 2-on-1 after an ill-advised pinch from Robert Hagg, who was unable to recover in time defensively and Larkin made him pay.

Almost two minutes later, Detroit extended their lead while on the penalty kill. Luke Glendening scored his 9th of the season and also snapped an 18 game goalless drought. It’s a goal Mrazek will want back; as he was beaten over his shoulder on the short side, something teams have been exploiting lately.

On that same powerplay, Sean Couturier finally scored his 30th goal of the season. Claude Giroux fired the puck towards the net and it rang off the post past Howard. It fell to Couturier who fanned on his first attempt, but made no mistake with the second try and slid the puck under Howard’s arm and into the net.

Detroit’s one goal lead was short lived, as they added a 3rd goal on the very next shift. Evgeny Svechnikov scored his first career NHL goal off a mad scramble in front, which Mrazek made three quality saves before the puck bounced to Svechnikov who fired into the empty net. It was not the night Mrazek envisioned, as he was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 19 shots.

The period almost ended in disaster, as Sean Couturier flubbed on a pass with less then two seconds remaining and gave Martin Frk a chance to wind up and blast at an exposed Alex Lyon. Thankfully for Couturier and the Flyers, Lyon made the save as the horn sounded and entered the locker room only down a pair.

3RD PERIOD

Philadelphia cut the deficit in half with 12:14 left to go in the 3rd. Scott Laughton let go a shot let ricocheted off Matt Read and past Howard to give the Flyers some hope. For Read, it’s his first of the season after spending the majority of the year down in Lehigh Valley. A great effort all around from the 4th line to bring the team within striking distance.

Less then 2 minutes later, the game was tied. Ivan Provorov was caught by a high stick that led to a Philadelphia power play, and they made sure to make this one count. Shayne Gostisbehere rifled a wrist shot past Howard for his 13th goal of the season. After a passive start to the period, the Flyers really turned it on when they needed too to tie this game.

With under 6 minutes to play, Dylan Larkin scored his 2nd goal of the season to put the Red Wings back on top. Once again, a breakdown in coverage led to the goal as Larkin found himself all alone in front of Lyon and sniped the top corner for his 11th of the season.

Just 28 seconds later, Travis Konecny scored his 20th goal of the year and tied the game up at 4 for Philadelphia. Sean Couturier whipped a puck towards the net with a rushing Konecny heading towards Howard’s crease. It deflected off a skate and then off Konecny’s jersey and into the net. Originally the goal was waved off since the net came off it’s moorings, but after video review it was clear that the puck had crossed the goal line before the net was displaced.

Wayne Simmonds almost won the game late in the 3rd period but his shot rang off the post and off the glass behind Howard. Travis Konecny continues to be everyone’s favorite pest, drawing a penalty with under a minute to go. The Flyers had two chances before the horn, but the puck just dribbled wide. 1:26 of power play time carried over to OT.

OVERTIME

Philadelphia was unable to capitalize on their power play opportunity, and Alex Lyon was called upon to bail them out with a point blank save on Danny DeKeyser right in his goal crease.

At the other end, a neat passing play involving Voracek and Giroux saw the captain end up getting robbed by Jimmy Howard to keep the game going. Lyon came up with another huge save to send the game into a shootout.

SHOOTOUT 

DET – Frans Nielsen: SCORES

PHI – Jake Voracek: SAVED

DET – Gustav Nyquist: SAVED

PHI – Jordan Weal: SAVED

DET – Dylan Larkin: SAVED

PHI – Nolan Patrick: MISSED

DET wins SO 1-0.

QUICK HITTERS

With the assist on Sean Couturier’s goal, Claude Giroux notched his 85th point of the season and passed Eric Lindros for 5th all time on the Philadelphia Flyers scoring list. Giroux now sits at 660 career points, and could rise to 4th all time as soon as next season possibly. He’d have to catch Rick Macleish, who tallied 697 points as a Flyer.

With Gostisbehere’s goal in the 3rd period, Philadelphia has now tallied 44 goals from it’s defense corps this season. Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere each sit at 13 goals a piece, and Brandon Manning and Andrew MacDonald follow them up with 6 each. Robert Hagg has 3, Radko Gudas has 2, and Travis Sanheim has 1.

With his two point game tonight, Sean Couturier has reached the 70 point mark for the first time in his career. He is the first Flyer not named Claude Giroux or Jake Voracek to reach 70 points since the 2008-2009 season. That year, Philadelphia had 3 players notch over 70 points: Jeff Carter (84), Mike Richards (80), and Simon Gagne (74).

NEXT GAME

Flyers vs Rangers, 3/22 @ 7:00.

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