Flyers News: Scott Laughton, Noah Cates down Red Wings

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Most of the Philly sports world was tuned into the curb stomping that the Eagles put on the NY Giants. However, if you had flipped the channel over to Comcast SportsNet, you would’ve seen another great game by a Philadelphia team. The Flyers were engaged in a great goalie duel. Carter Hart, in one of his best performances all year, bested Ville Husso as the Flyers outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. All of the goals were scored in the third period.

Hart stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced. The lone Detroit goal came after the Flyers had built up a 2-0 lead. With an extra attacker and a flurry of shots, Lucas Raymond would find the back of the net with just 43 seconds left to go. Raymond came close again with the clock ticking down, but Hart stood tall in between the pipes and denied the tying goal.

Flyers get the job done over Detroit Red Wings, 2-1

With the score knotted up at 0 for most of the game, it got tense. Any puck could be the one to give the team that advantage. But Scott Laughton scored his 12th of the year halfway through the third period. Kevin Hayes created a turnover and shuffled it over to Wade Allison who was just barely somehow onsides.

Allison flipped it over to Laughton, who was racing towards the net and then shot it over the shoulder of Husso to break the scoreless tie. Laughton is having a career year right now. He is one goal short of his career-high (13) and four points shy of his career-high (32).

Four minutes after Laughton’s goal, it was Noah Cates’s turn to strike. Travis Konency was able to wrestle the puck away from Dominik Kubalik behind the net. TK passed it to Cates, who was standing in front of the net. Cates dumped to puck in to give the Flyers and insurance goal.

With the win, the Flyers have improved to 9-3-0 since Christmas. It’s a shame they lost to Chicago because a win against the Hawks would’ve put them within two games of the final playoff spot.

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It’s a quick turnaround as the Flyers return to Philly to take on the Winnipeg Jets; a team looking to reclaim the top spot in the Western Conference. It is the first of four games this week against three playoff-bound teams from the West (they face the Jets twice this week). It’s going to be tough, but if the Flyers can escape this week with at least one win, it’s a step in the right direction.