NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Detroit
(Thursday, January 12th)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Philadelphia 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Henrik Zetterberg tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.
Pavel Datsyuk added a pair of goals and Chris Chelios and Robert Lang also scored for Detroit, which snapped a brief two-game skid to win for the eighth time in its last 11 games overall.
Manny Legace stopped 17 shots for the Red Wings, who continued their dominance on home ice against the Flyers. Philadelphia is now 0-13-2 in its last 15 games in Detroit and last won here on November 4, 1988.
Simon Gagne scored twice for the Flyers, who finally concluded their franchise-record 11-game road trip and will return home to face Colorado on Saturday. Dennis Seidenberg also scored while Antero Niittymaki allowed six goals on 41 shots in the losing effort. Philly finished the road swing 8-2-1.
Detroit took the lead with the game's first goal -- a power-play tally -- at 13:20 of the second period on a one-timer from near the left post by Datsyuk. Zetterberg passed it through the crease and Datsyuk slammed it home for his 17th goal.
The Flyers tied it up with 3:15 to play in the second with a power-play goal of their own, the first of Gagne's two goals on the night. Peter Forsberg held the puck along the left half-wall and passed out to the slot, where Gagne fired a wrist shot over Legace's glove for a 1-1 tie.
With the contest knotted 1-1 at the opening of the third, the Red Wings exploded for five goals in the final stanza and eventually cruised to the three-goal victory.
Before the Flyers could get their bearings, Detroit led 3-1 when goals by Chelios and Datsyuk were scored at the 15 and 46-second marks, respectively.
Seidenberg's second goal of the season at 4:06 brought the Flyers back within one, but a fluke goal by Zetterberg allowed the Wings to regain their two-goal edge.
Zetterberg hustled down the left-wing side and released a shot from the circle before the save was made. The rebound caromed behind the net and Zetterberg sent a pass in front from the rear boards, but the disc deflected off of Niittymaki and into the cage at 8:37. The unassisted marker was Zetterberg's 21st goal.
Philly once again fought back when Gagne beat Legace from a very sharp angle at the bottom of the left circle to make it 4-3 with 9:27 remaining. As with his first marker of the game, the assists came from Forsberg and Mike Knuble.
But Detroit pulled away with two more goals over the next three-plus minutes.
Only 36 seconds after Gagne scored, Zetterberg found the back of the net again for a 5-3 Wings lead. Datsyuk fed a pass from the outer rim of the right circle over to Zetterberg, who was all alone in the low left slot and fired home a wrist shot.
The final nail in the coffin came from Lang, who broke in on a 2-on-1 with Steve Yzerman, took a pass from the future Hall of Famer and buried it into the empty net past a sliding Niittymaki at 14:10.
With the assist, Yzerman moved past Gordie Howe into seventh place on the NHL all-time assist lead with 1,050...Detroit improved to 15-7-1 at home this season...The Wings have now won six of their last eight overall against the Flyers. These teams met in the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, when the Wings swept Philly for the first of their two straight titles...This marked Zetterberg's sixth career two-goal game...The Flyers finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while Detroit was 1-for-6 with the extra skater...Attendance was 20,066.
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