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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Detroit



(Tuesday, March 17th)

Final Score: Detroit 3, Philadelphia 2

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg scored just 1:32 apart in the third period as Detroit rallied from a two-goal deficit to best Philadelphia, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena.

Pavel Datsyuk and Franzen recorded a goal and assist each for the Red Wings, who have won four of five.

Chris Osgood made 24 stops in the victory, improving to 23-6-7 on the season.

"We tried to get a lot of pucks through, but they played really tight," said Zetterberg. "In the end, we made them tired, spent a lot of time in their end and through a lot of patience and shooting the puck, the pucks went in."

Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul tallied for the Flyers, who fell for the third time in four contests and extended their winless string in the Motor City to 16 games over more than 20 years.

Philly has not won a game in Detroit since a 4-3 decision on November 4, 1988, losing 14 times and tying twice in that span. It is currently the longest drought for one team in one city in the NHL.

Martin Biron took the loss, allowing three goals on 48 shots, but made 35 stops through the first two periods alone as the Red Wings enjoyed a shot advantage more than double their opponents through 40 minutes of play.

The Wings knotted the game, 2-2, as Datsyuk held the puck in the left circle then found a wide-open Franzen on the right wing for a wrister at 9:47.

Zetterberg notched the game-deciding score when he took a Mikael Samuelsson dish and slipped a short-side shot through from the inner edge of the left circle for a 3-2 lead with 8:41 to play.

Detroit clamped down from that point, and though the Flyers had several quality chances down the stretch, Osgood and his fellow skaters hung on for the win.

Biron kept the Flyers in the contest during the opening 20 minutes, making 19 saves as the Red Wings had a pair of 5-on-3 advantages but failed to convert either one.

Hartnell managed to hold off Marian Hossa and knock a shot past Osgood with 3:26 left in the first. It was his 26th goal of the season, a new career high.

Osgood made a tough save on a backhander by a breaking Jeff Carter inside the final minute to keep it a one-goal contest.

Lupul's snapshot from the right circle off a Carter dish made it 2-0 at the 4:28 mark of the second period, and the Wings didn't answer until Datsyuk tallied on a short-side shot with 2:33 to go in the second.

"They had like 20 shots in the first period and we're up one-nothing," Hartnell said. "Halfway through the second period, we're up two-nothing. That's when you gotta buckle down, go after them harder. We got too passive, and that's when a team like that excels."

Game Notes

The only two ties in the Flyers' stretch of misfortune in Detroit occurred in November, 1989 and January, 1997. The club has dropped eight in a row at the Joe...Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom missed the game with a twisted right knee, and forward Valteri Filppula was out with a lower-body injury...Flyers defenseman Randy Jones missed the game with a hip injury and is expected to be out for at least 7-to-10 days...Both teams are back in action on Friday, with the Red Wings beginning a three-game road trip in Atlanta and the Flyers continuing their four-game road trip in Buffalo.

03/18 00:26:45 ET


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