The Detroit Red Wings get shutout for the third straight road game, dropping the match 5-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Red Wings came out into the first period with at least a decent amount of hustle. The play was chippy, but they were able to hold at least a good amount of pressure on the Flyers, especially in their own zone. Regardless, it would be Philadelphia that struck first, off a terrible “cross-checking” call on Danny DeKeyser. At 13:42, Scott Hartnell was able to redirect a shot from the point beneath Jonas Gustavsson to make it 1-0 Flyers. It would remain that way through the end of the period, and they led in shots 8-7.
As the air was taken out of Detroit’s sails, the play and puck luck would go completely for the Flyers in the second period. At 8:08, the Flyers came into Detroit’s zone on an odd-man rush. A pass across the zone to Hartnell resulted in the 2nd Flyers goal of the night, making it 2-0. They’d strike again in short order, at 11:02, when Adam Hall spun and backhanded a rebound off an initial save from Gustavsson, and bounced the puck over him to make it 3-0 leaving the period. Shots were 19-17 in favor of the Flyers.
The disappointment was only beginning though. Roughly halfway through the third period, at 10:22, Claude Giroux put a hard wrister on net from the wing that glanced off of Gustavsson’s glove and tumbled its way under and into the net to make it 4-0 Flyers. They’d do it again at 16:09, when Gustavsson came out of the net to play the puck being carried by Sean Couturier, who ended up going around the back of the net as Gustavsson lost his footing, and wrapping it into the open net to make it 5-0 Flyers. That would be the final score, as shots ended 32-28 in favor of Detroit.
This was a team loss. The offense could not find the back of the net, (bad passes, crossbars, posts, missing the net), the defense wasn’t organized (odd-man rushes, plays behind the defense), and the power play went 0 for forever. If they’ve any hope of anchoring down a playoff spot any time soon, they have some serious work they have to do. After so many great performances they put up in previous games now, it just makes this one all the more painful and perplexing. Next game is Friday night, the first of a three games in four nights for Detroit, against the Washington Capitals. See you then, Nation.