Philadelphia at Detroit (1/2/11)

The Philadelphia Flyers played the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The goalies were Howard and Boucher.

The Red Wings had good energy to start the game. They controlled the play in the first period and had a lot of quality scoring chances although the shots on goal were pretty even. There were no goals in the first period.

In the second period the Flyers took over. They scored three unanswered goals. The first one deflected off Filppula’s stick and Howard had no chance at it. The second one hit three people on the way to the net. It would have taken blind luck to stop that one. The third one wasn’t deflected but Howard never saw it because of traffic in front of him. I wouldn’t pin any of the Flyers goals on Howard but the Wings still made a goaltending change. Osgood started the third period in relief of Jimmy Howard.

The Red Wings really stepped it up in the third. Just 51 seconds into the period Filppula scored after making a nice move to fake out his defender and then burn the goalie. It was a really pretty goal. Later in the period Zetterberg got one to bring the Wings to within a goal of tying it up. Zetterberg’s goal was scored on a rebound that he banked in off of Boucher’s upper body. It was a good, hard-working goal.

The Wings tried to tie the game and came close a few times but the Flyers held on for the win. Overall I think the Flyers worked harder and deserved the win. The Wings out-worked them in the third period but that was too little too late. They looked pretty disorganized throughout the second period.

Brad Stuart left the game in the third period after being hit in the back of the head by a shot from Jeff Carter. It was hard to tell if the puck hit him in the helmet or the head. He was cut on the back of the head but that could have been caused by the helmet digging into him. If he was hit directly in the head then I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a concussion. Let’s hope he won’t miss any games.

This 3-2 loss brings us to:
24-10-5
53 points

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