On Wednesday Night Rivalry Night, the Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
After a sloppy start to the game, the Flyers opened the scoring with Dale Weise banking a puck into the net off the leg of Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. This goal nullified a nearly embarrassing sequence moments prior when a failed clear by the Red Wings gave several Flyers clear looks at an open net that they were unable to bury.
However, with 1.3 seconds left in the period, Martin Frk tied the game after Andrew MacDonald, who mostly otherwise had a solid game, gaffed and missed coverage. THis sent the game into the first intermission tied.
The Red Wings poured it on in the early part of the second period, and with Jordan Weal serving a double minor after drawing blood on a high stick of a Red Wings player, Mike Green blasted a slap shot home on a pass from Dylan Larkin to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead.
Photo: Frank FImmano
Just under five minutes later, with the Flyers on the man advantage, Claude Giroux made a perfect pass to Jake Voracek who made a second perfect pass to Wayne Simmonds who tucked the puck into the net before Howard could react to tie the game at two. Less than a minute later, Gustav Nyquist capitalized on poor defensive zone coverage and gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.
However, just over two minutes later, Robert Hagg, the Flyers 2nd round pick in 2013, scored his first career NHL goal off a perfect pass from Giroux. Wayne Simmonds made sure to retrieve the puck and Hagg will remember this one forever.
In the third period, the Red Wings looked a team of fatigued players, and given they played yesterday that was not shocking. Sean Couturier would follow his own rebound up with a goal and the Flyers took a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish.
Brian Elliott stopped 25 of 28 shots in the win.