Sunday, January 2, 2011

First Flyers Win in Detroit Since '88

         For the first time in my life I've seen the Flyers beat the Red Wings in Detroit and it couldn't have come at a better time. After a stretch of 0-13-1 in their last 14 games in Detroit, the Flyers finally got 2 points with a score of 3-2. Boosh, who made 25 saves on the night, played a strong game being positionally sound and controlling rebounds throughout. A "lucky" goal by JVR, Carcillo's reward for his hard work, and Hartnell's accurate shot led to the Flyers 2nd win on their current road trip.
         In the 4 games prior to tonight's match up, Philly goaltenders were averaging 5 goals/game. The defense wasn't helping the situation by letting the opposition's offense skate into the zone for free. Tonight's game was a different story. With the exception of Mezaros getting turned inside out on Filppula's goal and getting outworked for the 3rd period, the defense played great in front of Boosh and got the puck out of the zone quickly for the netminder. A 5-on-3 penalty kill early in the 1st period seemed to set the tone for the defense.
         This was the type of game we needed to see out of the Flyers tonight. After poor showings in Anaheim and Vancouver, the team came out and played great defensively. This victory was also key for the purpose of momentum. With the next two games being a home and home with New Jersey, there is an opportunity for the Flyers to erase the weak defensive performances that hurt them over this road trip. If Philly can win the next two games, they would have a 3-game winning streak entering a week with match ups against Buffalo, Boston, Atlanta, and the New York Rangers. We could see a much longer winning streak at the end of next week.

Game Notes
  • The Flyers haven't scored more than 3 goals in Detroit for 15 straight games now.
  • Carcillo's goal was his 2nd of the season and 1st since 10/29 in Pittsburgh.
  • A questionable call on Leino led to Detroit's 2nd goal. Should have been a no call, but refs called Leino for goalie interference after being hit by Drew Miller.
  • All 3 goals for the Flyers came on 27 shots against Howard in the 1st 2 periods; Osgood didn't allow any in the 3rd on 5 shots.

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