Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Detroit 3
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Couturier scored twice and added a pair
of assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers used five unanswered goals to
rally past the Detroit Red Wings, 6-3, at Joe Louis Arena.
Philadelphia trailed 3-1 late in the second period, but got a goal apiece
from Matt Read, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell and a pair from Couturier
to secure just its second win in its last 20 regular-season road games
against the Red Wings.
"We knew we had to come out flying and get pucks on the net," Read said of the
team's comeback. "It was just a very gritty comeback win by us and something
we can build off of."
Read and Hartnell each added two assists, Giroux and Steve Downie donated two
points apiece and Steve Mason made 32 saves for the Flyers, who have won
three of their last four games.
Tomas Tatar tallied twice and Johan Franzen also lit the lamp for the Red
Wings, who had a four-game win streak halted.
Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on 33 shots in defeat.
Tatar's second tally of the night gave Detroit a 3-1 lead at 10:13 of the
second, but Read responded with 3:22 left in the period when he roofed the
disc from the low right side off a nice feed from Couturier.
After Detroit's Stephen Weiss went off for hooking at 4:17 of the third,
Giroux's wrister from above the left circle slipped through a screen and snuck
past Howard to tie the game at 3-3 just 58 seconds into the man advantage.
Couturier put the Flyers in front at 8:28 when he camped out in front and one-
touched Downie's pass from the right point into the back of the net.
Hartnell's power-play tally 90 seconds later doubled Philadelphia's lead and
Couturier found the empty net from the red line with just under a minute left
to account for the final margin.
"The third period wasn't good enough," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock
admitted. "They were better than us. They were better than us because they lit
us up on the power play."
Early on, Tatar put Detroit on top just past the midpoint of the first with
his fourth goal of the season, but with the Flyers on a power play shortly
after, Downie's wrister from between the circles snuck past Howard to tie the
Franzen put the Red Wings back in front with a heavy slapper from atop the
left circle 8:24 into the second, and Tatar scored just under two minutes
later with Detroit skating on a 5-on-3 to make it 3-1 Red Wings.
Philadelphia's only other win in Detroit since Nov. 4, 1988 came on Jan. 2,
2011 ... Couturier recorded his first career four-point game ... Philadelphia
improved to 6-6-2 on the road this season ... Detroit played its first game
without center Henrik Zetterberg, who is expected to miss at least the next
two weeks with a herniated disc in his back ... Philadelphia finished 3-for-3
on the power play, while Detroit went 1-for-7 on the man advantage.
12/05 01:03:05 ET
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