Fly-by: Red Wings 4, Flyers 3
Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 7:13 PM ET / News
SPECIAL TEAMS THE DIFFERENCEThe Flyers pushed the NHL's best team for a full 60-minutes, but in the end the Flyers suffered a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, who now join the 75-76 Flyers and 29-30 Bruins for the longest home winning streak in NHL history at 20 games.
The loss however didn't come from a lack of effort. The Flyers fell behind in the first period and battled back to tie the game and even grab a 2-1 lead. After the Red Wings came back to tie it at 2-2, the Flyers stormed ahead for a 3-2 lead again.
The difference maker, much like Saturday's game against New York, was again special teams. The Red Wings potted two power-play goals, while the game-winning tally occurred moments following another Flyers penalty kill.
The Flyers have allowed two or more goals on the man advantage in three of their last six games, and at least one goal in their last four.
That normally would not be such a cause for concern, however the Flyers have not capitalized on their opportunities recently, going four straight without a goal of their own on the power play.
The Flyers now have a rare luxury this time of year where they will have three days off from game action. They will look to right the ship on Thursday when they face off against the Buffalo Sabres at home.
|Brayden Schenn recorded his first career two-goal game tonight.
The Flyers have now gone four consecutive games without a power play goal after scoring at least one in the six previous games before that.
Max Talbot recorded his 14th goal of the season in the contest, which suprassed his previous career high of 13 set in 2006-07.
Talbot is now one point shy of tying his career mark of 26 points, set in the 2007-08 season.
Claude Giroux has now had at least seven shot attempts (shots + attempts blocked + misses) in seven consecutive games.
The pair of goals was the rookies first two-goal game of his career and first two goals of the game, tying the game up at 1-1, and later giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second period.
Schenn now has eight goals this season all coming since the New Year.
|"I think special teams the last two games have definitely cost us. If you look at the even strength scoring chances, they're pretty even. In the second half of the season and towards the playoffs, it's crucial, and we need to win those battles."
- Max Talbot
"I don't think the effort was the problem tonight. They scored some power-play goals and took advantage of opportunities when they got them."
- Peter Laviolette
|Tonight's turning point came with 1:39 left in the second period when Henrik Zetterberg tied the game up at 3-3 for the Red Wings heading into the second intermission.
The goal came less that two minutes after the Flyers stormed back to take a 3-2 lead off of a goal from Max Talbot and gave the Red Wings momentum.
Just 52 seconds into the third period, Johan Franzen carried that momentum over from the second period and put the Wings up for good with his 22nd goal of the year. Detroit hung on for the remainder of the period to preserve the win.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: Jaromir Jagr works to fight off Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk along the boards.
Red Wings 4, Flyers 3
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings equaled an NHL record with their 20th straight win at home, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Sunday night on the strength of Johan Franzen's tiebreaking goal early in the third period.
The league mark was set by the Boston Bruins during the 1929-30 season and matched by Philadelphia in 1976. Detroit can break the record with a win Tuesday night over the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena.