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Flyers finish strong, excel on power play in win vs. Red Wings

Dec 4, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers finally fought back after trailing in a contest heading into a third period and won just their second game in Detroit in 24 years on Wednesday, battling back from a 3-1 second-period deficit to beat the Red Wings 6-3.

Yes, you could definitely say it was an unusual win for Philly.

The Flyers’ special teams was the most obvious difference-maker, as they went three-for-three on the power play while their penalty kill took care of six out of seven Detroit opportunities.

It’s easy to key on Claude Giroux‘s resurgent top line, as he scored a goal and an assist while Scott Hartnell generated three points. The Flyers are reaping the rewards of Steve Downie‘s return, too, as he’s combining with Matt Read and Sean Couturier to give Philly a dangerous 1-2 line bunch.

All three of Couturier (two goals – including the clinching tally – and two assists), Read (one goal, two assists) and Downie (one goal, one assist) found the net at least once on Wednesday.

With this win, the Flyers are now 13-13-2 on the season. They’ve won three out of four games and six out of their last nine.

The Red Wings saw their four-game winning streak come to an end as they lick their wounds with key players such as Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the mend. At least it appears that Justin Abdelkader is OK after taking this hit:

That’s not to say that Detroit is smiling too widely about its health …

The Red Wings are still among the East’s better teams at 14-8-7, although they need to turn things around at home, as tonight’s loss leaves them with a strange 5-5-6 record at Joe Louis Arena.

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    A month ago I would have said stick a fork in em when down by two goals. They battled back and won with an exclamation point. Dominating win and good to see the PP getting back to where it was the last couple of years.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      I totally agree. I had a bad feeling we were gonna lose even when the wings scored the first goal. I still can’t believe we won that. 5 unanswered goals was insane. They never gave up and were not settling for a loss again after goin down two goals. Ive been a huge fan of downie. He’s complemented that 3rd line immensely. I think he’s the main reason for gettin couturier going. His passes have been phenomenal and read has been great ever since becoming a flyer. That third line is hands down one of the best in the league.

  2. killerpgh - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    On the play were Tator lost his teeth should there have been a penalty? I know you are allowed a normal follow through with your stick after passing/shooting, but to me it looked like he missed the puck it’s technically not a pass/shot anymore if you miss the puck, but I’m not 100% certain how the rule is worded.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      No penalty on a follow through.

  3. dtownbeatdown - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    As a wings fan and being at that game that was a hard one to swallow. Got man handled by the goon squad… and howard letting in softies. I dont understand why Babcock doesnt leave in the monster in net when he is on a 7-0-1 season so far.

    At least I got my datsyuk bobble head, not all was lost

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Y’all should work on your PP. Nice handle BTW.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      I take exception to the “goon squad” shot… the penalties should’ve been more like 5 to 5, instead of 7 to 3. The Wings aren’t innocent angels by any stretch, just watch Abdlekader and Kronwall play for more than 5 minutes. It’s no secret the Flyers prefer physical players, but you can’t say players like Hartnell, Simmonds, and Downie haven’t opened up space for more skilled performers. We saw it tonight, and it led to a huge comeback win.

      Not to mention, Steve Mason outplayed Jimmy Howard.

      • dtownbeatdown - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        I agree to an extent… as kronwall and abdelkader can be pests… nbc doesnt show giroux shoving alfie into the boards as he is trying to get off way far from the play. Mason looked solid unfortunately for the wings… and we just got out played all around in the 3rd.

        But to not believe your team is a goon squad that is just being a naive fan. Trust me I wish the wings played with a little more of that type of play. Im not hating against it, I grew up watching that style of hockey and loved it.

  4. macjacmccoy - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Again that’s their 3rd line the 2nd line is Simmonds Lecavalier, and Shenn.

  5. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Howard needs to play like the Howard of last year, not the Howard of two years ago, the one who had trouble stopping a beach ball.

  6. mclovinhockey - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    The thing about the term goon is that it usually applies to players who can only fight and hit, like zac Rinaldo although he has been great on the PK as of late, recently I feel goon has just been tossed around to power forward type players, which then the flyers have the 2nd most amount of “goons” behind the bruins. Rinaldo, schenn, Simmonds, Hartnell, downie… Team is stacked with them, so there really is no reason to be offended. Although, where do you draw the line at the term? Would a player like Malkin who is one of the dirtiest superstars of all time be considered a goon? Or because he has the superstar label as well does that term not apply?

    • narfmoo12 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Great point about power forwards. Downie has 9 points in 13 games and is +7. Those aren’t “goon” numbers.

  7. ripaslapper - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    As a Wings fan, couldn’t help but laugh at Cout’s toothless grin after the go ahead goal. He’s solid – lots of respect for his game even though the end result was our guys getting booed off the ice.

  8. kastout11 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I understand Zetterberg and Datsyuk were not in the lineup, but when the Fyers are dominating and rolling four lines like they were last night, they are a tough team to beat, and when they get consistent scoring from the top 3 lines like thay have been for the last few weeks, they are really difficult to play against. Now that Giroux has it going, their top 3 lines are all playing well and putting some offense together.

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