The Philadelphia Flyers welcomed in the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon. The Red Wings had not won a regular season game in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997. They continued their losing streak as the Flyers showed their scoring prowess in a convincing 7-2 victory.
The Flyers next goal came from quite the unlikely source. Sean Couturier took the puck out of the defensive zone and skated it up ice. As the defense began to surround Couturier, he sent to puck over to Nick Grossmann. Grossmann, with an open lane, snapped a shot past goaltender Jimmy Howard to give the Flyers the 2-0. It was Grossmann’s fifth goal in 56 games; he only had five total goals in 463 games entering the season.
The Red Wings would get one on the board early in the second period. Henrik Zetterberg sent a long pass out of his defensive zone to an umarked Abdelkader. The winger broke in alone on goaltender Steve Mason and sent the puck between his pads to cut the Flyers lead to 2-1. This would be the closest Detroit would get though.
The Flyers would capitalize on another power play later in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk was sent to the box for a rare penalty, his first in 332 games in fact. Giroux took the original shot from the left circle that was stopped by Howard. Simmonds took a whack at the rebound which was also stopped, but Brayden Schenn was able to lunge forward and push the puck into the back of the net.
Philadelphia would open things up in the third period with four goals. A familiar name would get a goal just 11 seconds into the period. Voracek took the puck into the offensive zone where his shot was stopped by Howard. Voracek was able to hop on the rebound and threw it into the slot where Schenn would pot his second of the afternoon to put the Flyers up 4-1.
Later on in the period, Detroit would turn the puck over in their zone. Zac Rinaldo would make a nice backhand pass to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the slot. Bellemare would snap a shot over Howard’s glove to increase the Flyers lead to 5-1.
The Red Wings would get one back as Eric Cole would get his first since being traded over to Detroit. On the power play, Mark Zidlicky fired a shot from the blue line that Cole would tip past Mason to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Flyers would finish things off by scoring a pair of goals just 38 seconds apart. Matt Read would get another Flyers power play goal and Rinaldo would score his first goal of the season to give the Flyers the 7-2 victory.
“Brayden played an unbelievable game. He deserved that. He was everywhere on the ice.” Teammate Wayne Simmonds said.
Goaltender Steve Mason made 31 saves in the game. The Flyers scored two more goals in the game than the five they had in the past four games combined.
“It’s nice to help Mase out for once,” Schenn said. “. . . It just gives confidence to everyone.”
The Flyers will head out on a four game road trip that starts Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators. Puck-drop is set for 7 p.m.