The Philadelphia Flyers mounted a third period comeback on Wednesday night to take down the Detroit Red Wings, 6-3. The Flyers have now climbed back to .500 (13-13-2) for the third time this season.
The first period started out well. The Flyers were firing everything at the net and took the early lead in shots. However, about halfway through the period Tomas Tatar was able to get free out front and fired a puck over the shoulder of Mason. Only a few minutes later the Flyers went on the power play. Couturier fed Downie in the slot who fired a shot past Jimmy Howard. The Flyers played well for the second half of the period, but took a too many men on the ice penalty as time was winding down. They went into the first intermission tied 1-1 and also tied in shots 10-10.
The second period was not a good one for the Flyers. They were a mess for the majority of the time. They allowed two goals around the mid-point of the period. The first was a coverage mistake by Grossmann and Hartnell in which they clearly did not communicate and the second goal was just bad defense on a 5 on 3. The Flyers took five minor penalties in the second period and had to kill off two 5 on 3’s. At the end of the period Matt Read got a goal off of beautiful feed by Sean Couturier. The Flyers finished the period down 3-2 and down in shots 26-22.
The Flyers came out in the third period and took control of the game. After pressuring the Red Wings for the first five minutes, the Flyers scored three goals in 4:43 of play. Claude Giroux sniped a beautiful power play goal, followed shortly by a redirection goal by Sean Couturier to take the lead. Then at almost exactly halfway through the period Scott Hartnell put a beautiful feed from Giroux over Howard’s shoulder to take a 5-3 lead. Couturier sealed the game with an empty net goal. The Flyers won 6-3.
Takeaways From Tonight’s Game:
-Discipline is key for the Flyers this season. After taking five minor penalties in the second period, many of which were dumb penalties, the Flyers came out and only took one in the third (on a play in which Couturier’s stick was clearly being held). When they play disciplined hockey, the Flyers can be a very good hockey team.
-The Flyers are now tied for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers, Rangers, and Devils are tied at 28 points.
-Sean Couturier is a beast right now. He had two goals and two assists tonight and has been the Flyers best forward lately.
-Speaking of Couturier, his line has been amazing. Downie and Read also had goals tonight. The line as a whole had nine points (4G, 5A).
-Giroux and Mason both played the way they are expected to play. Mason had 32 saves, and Giroux had a goal and an assist.
The Flyers will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 2pm against the Dallas Stars.
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