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Flyers can’t stop Detroit from making history

Feb 12, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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Going into Sunday’s game, only the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers and the 1929-30 Boston Bruins had ever won 20 straight home games. The Flyers had a shot to keep Detroit out of that exclusive club, but they blew it in a 4-3 loss and now whether or not Detroit breaks their record on Tuesday against Dallas is out of their hands.

This was a night when Detroit’s best players proved to be the heroes, with Niklas Kronwall, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Johan Franzen each scoring a goal. Nicklas Lidstrom registered an assist and picked up the first star on a night where he surpassed Alex Delvecchio to become second to only Gordie Howe in terms of games played in a Detroit Red Wings uniform. By contrast, some of the Flyers top players like Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr were kept off the scoresheet.

Sergei Bobrovsky also had another night to forget, as he has now allowed 12 goals in just three games while starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been suffering from the flu.

Brayden Schenn scored twice for the Flyers, but his bad tripping penalty in the first period proved to be costly as it led to one of Detroit’s two power-play goals.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, this is their fifth loss in their last six games. They’re well behind the New York Rangers in the race for the Atlantic Division title and are in danger of coughing up the fourth seed and home ice advantage in the first round. Conversely, the Detroit Red Wings have won 12 of their 15 contests, and while Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might push his squad to do even better, they certainly can’t complain about their current record.

  1. dsd3 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    They didn’t make history. They tied history.

    • dsd3 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      And by the way, those Bruins and Flyers teams that had 20 wins didn’t have the chance to win those in OT and shootouts. They won them in regulation.

    • polegojim - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Brain dead eh?

      Anyone who wins 20 in a row at home MAKES history by TYING history!!!

      Only 3, 3, 3 teams have done it and we talk about them all, and any team that does it in the future. That’s an incredible achievement.

    • juanhughjazz - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Even though they ONLY tied the record, it’s still a historic achievement. In reference to your post below, comparing teams from different eras is a little silly. It was nice that the Flyers had a chance to end the streak, and even nicer that they didn’t. LGRW!

  2. kiopta1 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    We have a negative nelly.

    • dsd3 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Just pointing out facts. Am I wrong?

      • craggt - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        Actually you are wrong. They had 10 minute non sudden death overtime periods in 1929-1930, the bruins won several of their games that way

      • dsd3 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        Fair enough. My point still stands about the Flyers though.

      • polegojim - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

        Ahhhh, you’re still wrong though.

        I say that today’s NHL is much tougher and more competitive. Today’s Red Wings have beaten MUCH better teams to reach this milestone.

      • dsd3 - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        I’m still wrong, even though I acknowledged that the above poster was correct? The Flyers won all their games in regulation. That’s a fact.

  3. creasemasta41 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    did the bruins or flyers teams ever encounter ties during their respective streaks? If they did than it was a 20 game non-losing streak. which then opens the argument as to which team had it tougher, a team that can stop at a tie, or a team that has to go beyond a tie into the shootout which could potentially end the streak.

    • polegojim - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Bruins won 2 OT games

      Flyers won all 20, no ties and there was no OT… but were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by Montreal, including losing the last two at home.

  4. galuple - Feb 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    And it’s a fact that the flyers beat some woefully bad teams.

  5. dsd3 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Uh, the Red Wings beat the CBJ, the Oilers, and the Ducks back when they were playing terrible hockey multiple times in their winning streak. Not sure I see your point here.

    • polegojim - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      And…. we’re all baffled by the point you’re actually trying to make?

      20 games in a row on home ice is awesome, period.

      Let’s make it 21 against the Stars and solely hold the record.

  6. kellyb9 - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Let me be the first to say that those guys in the striped shirts played a heck of a game yesterday.

  7. geo91 - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Fact of the matter is they’ve done it in the new era of the NHL and no other team has. Give credit when it’s due.

  8. kibbee2545 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I was at the Flyer Wing game the Flyers may have a class organization, but idiot Flyer fans were disgusting . A couple of Flyer drunks in front my family we so filthy mouth, the guards had to ask them to leave. what is in the water in Philly.?

  9. kibbee2545 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I would like to know in the Philly and Boston streaks what teams did they beat? You mean to tell me that those two beat the toughest teams in NHL and had to play no weak teams?

  10. kibbee2545 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Oh by the way how many times in the last 20 have the Flyers won a cup or have been in the finals?

  11. kibbee2545 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Oh by the way how many times in the last 20 Yeats have the Flyers been in the Stanley Cup finals or even have won a cup?

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