DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings’ patience and hard work
Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg scored 1:32 apart in the
third period to wipe out a one-goal deficit and rally Detroit to
a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, and Franzen also had an
assist for Detroit, which hasn’t lost to Philadelphia at home
since November 4, 1988 (14-0-2). Chris Osgood made 24 saves.
“In the end, we found a way,” Zetterberg said. “We made their
defense tired because we stayed in their end a long time.
Eventually with patience and shooting the puck, the puck went
Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, and Joffrey Lupul also
scored for Philadelphia. Martin Biron stopped 45 shots.
“We’ve got some work to do to catch up with them,” Flyers coach
John Stevens said.
The Red Wings are the defending Stanley Cup champions and have
the most points in the NHL this season. Philadelphia is tied for
second in the Atlantic Division.
Franzen made it 2-2 at 9:47 of the third period with his 29th
goal. It was set up by Datsyuk, who got to a puck along the left
wing boards and avoided defenseman Ryan Parent at the same time.
Datsyuk then sent a cross-ice pass to Franzen, who put a shot
over the sprawling Biron.
“It was Pav all over the ice,” Osgood said. “Making great plays,
backchecking, stealing pucks.”
Zetterberg broke the tie with 8:41 left when he scored from the
left circle, his 29th goal.
“This game’s fair. If you do things right and do them right
longer, you tend to win more often,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock
said. “We made a mistake a couple times and they scored on their
chances, but I thought it was fair. The team that stuck with it
the longest got a win tonight.”
Philadelphia held a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Lupul’s 21st goal gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead 4:28 into the
second period. He beat Osgood from the right circle with a snap
Datsyuk put the Red Wings on the board with 2:33 left in the
second with his 28th goal, beating Biron high on the short side
with a wrist shot from the outside edge of the left circle.
“It was just a great shot,” Biron said. “I didn’t give him much,
I didn’t think I gave him much. It was just a great shot.
“It’s a different game if it’s 2-0 after two.”
Philadelphia led 1-0 after the first period despite being
Hartnell opened the scoring with 3:26 left when he took a long
pass from Braydon Coburn for a partial breakaway and, while
holding off Marian Hossa, beat Osgood. It was Hartnell’s 26th
The Flyers had trailed after the first period in their previous