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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Red Wings 2

Tuesday, 03.6.2012 / 10:59 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 3, Red Wings 2

  Laviolette    Giroux    Bryzgalov    Briere
What better way than to end a game with defensive stand than tonight.

Following an emotional ceremony that saw the Flyers retire their greatest defenseman in team history, the Flyers shut the door on one of the NHL's most powerful offenses for a 3-2 victory.

"I think for us to finish a game like this, protecting the lead in the last minute against a team like Detroit, is huge for confidence down the road," said Max Talbot, who added his 18th goal of the year.

The Flyers held off a flurry of scoring chances in the third period, which saw the Red Wings fire a total of 21 shots on Ilya Bryzgalov; a pale comparision to the two shots they managed in the first period.

Bryzgalov let one in, but that was it. He stopped multiple scoring chances in the final minute of play, while his defensemen threw themselves in front of shots and battled pucks in the corner to finish the Red Wings off.

With the victory, the Flyers have won ALL four games in which they have retired a number in a pre-game ceremony by now, a 21 to 9 margin. (The Flyers did not retire Barry Ashbee's #4 prior to a game).

“We really liked the way played, it was a great hockey game.  They’ve got a good team," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "I’ve said this before, they’re experienced, and they move the puck and they’re dangerous and they’ve got high end players and they’ve had a lot of success for years playing together.  You really have to be sharp.  It was a big win for us to keep things moving in the right direction in the month of March.”
The Flyers have won three games in a row for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from Dec.2-15.

Ilya Bryzgalov has a .948 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average in the three-game win streak.
The Flyers were outshot 37-14 over the final two periods.  The Red Wings had 21 shots in the third period; it’s the third time this season a team has had 21 shots against the Flyers in a period, which is the season high (NJD, 2nd period, 11-3-11; CBJ, 3rd period, 11-5-11).
Claude Giroux had a team-high five shots, as well as two hits and three blocks in the game.  Scott Hartnell led the Flyers in hits with five.

With a goal and an assist, Giroux surpassed his career-high in points, which had been 76 set last season. Giroux has 24 goals and 53 assists for 77 points.

#2 - Mark Howe
With all due respect to the 20 Flyers who took to the ice tonight, Hall of Famer Mark Howe is hands down tonight's star.

Howe became the just the fifth Flyer in the team's 45 seasons in the NHL to have his number retired by the club (#2).

In 10 seasons for the Flyers, he appeared in 594 games (1982 to 1992).  He holds the franchise record for career goals (138), assists (342) and points (480) by a defenseman. He ranks 14th overall on the Flyers All-Time List in scoring, eighth overall in assists, and fourth overall in shorthanded goals (24).

"I think the last two games the referees have been trying to let us play. I think tonight, like you said, was a playoff atmosphere a little bit, the crowd was loud.
- Max Talbot

"Anytime you get chances to put it in and you do, it's gonna get you wins. Tonight we didn't have a lot of shots like we usually do but we found a way to bury the ones we had."
- Claude Giroux

Tonight's turning point came all the way at the end of the game.

Having already scored a third period goal to climb within one, the Red Wings had their best scoring chance amidst a crowd in front of the Flyers net in the final minute of play.

Ilya Bryzgalov came up with a great save with 56.8 seconds left in addition to fighting off several other shots in the waning seconds to secure the victory for the Flyers.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Amongst his family, friends and all Flyers fans, Mark Howe watches his No. 2 banner raised.

Flyers 3, Red Wings 2
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Max Talbot scored goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed a goal to Henrik Zetterberg on Detroit's first shot of the game. Johan Franzen made it 3-2 in the third.





1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48


J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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