Scott Gordon (Coach) and Carter Hart (Goalie) opened up their Flyers careers with a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings.
With the Flyers coaching drama earlier in the week, from premature news of Dave Hakstol’s firing to the rumor that Joel Quenneville was hired to the installation of Gordon with an interim tag, to the revelation that Jori Lehtera will be facing a court appearance in Finland for his potential role in a drug ring, the Flyers have had a fun two days home from their road trip.
There was more drama before the game began, as Detroit’s listed starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard, was a late scratch due to an injury during warmups. This prompted Jonathan Bernier to get the nod in net. Early in the first period, the Flyers Travis Konecny and Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall would both spend time in the dressing room having cuts stitched up.
James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring on a deflection of a Claude Giroux shot to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead late in the first period.
Dennis Cholowski tied the game early in the second for the Wings.
Midway through the second period, Radko Gudas bombed a slap shot for his second goal of the season. The goal took a few moments to become official as Detroit challenged for goaltender interference. The video review upheld the goal call on the ice.
Late in the second, Shayne Gostisbehere scored his fourth goal of the season off a feed from Nolan Patrick.
Early in the third, Jacob De La Rose made it 3-2 and the Flyers would hold on, with some more drama, for the win.
With Bernier off for the extra attacker, in the final seconds, the referee signaled a slashing penalty of Jake Voracek of the Flyers. However, Detroit, assumed the whistle had blown and let the final seconds expire. The Red Wings argued with the officials trying to get one last offensive zone draw with the 6 on 4 situation and 3 or 4 seconds on the clock for a final chance to tie the game. After deliberating, the officials called the game a final, and the Flyers escaped with the win.
The Flyers hit the ice again on Thursday against Nashville and former coach Peter Laviolette. Zac Rinaldo also returns with the Predators.