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Red Wings hope to continue home dominance of Flyers

By Alan Ferguson

Stats Writer

Philadelphia (37-21-10) at Detroit (46-15-9), 7:30 pm EDT

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings made NHL history in their

last game.

The Philadelphia Flyers' last victory in Detroit seems like

ancient history.

The Red Wings seek to extend a run of home dominance in this

series that lasts more than two decades and try to stay atop the

Western Conference Tuesday night by taking advantage of an

inconsistent Flyers' offense.

With Sunday's 5-0 victory in Columbus, Detroit reached 100

points for a league-record ninth consecutive season and clinched

a 17th straight postseason berth.

Chris Osgood stopped 23 shots for his second shutout in four

starts and his second straight win since allowing seven goals in

an 8-2 home loss to the Blue Jackets eight days earlier.

"Anytime you're embarrassed it is (motivation)," Red Wings coach

Mike Babcock said. "They're big boys, they're smart. They were

up for the game. They suffered humiliation, just like anybody

else. We needed to respond here today."

Should he start Tuesday, Osgood would enter with a 90:52 shutout

streak and try to keep the Red Wings ahead of San Jose in the

West. Detroit is currently one point in front of the Sharks, who

play at Phoenix later Tuesday night.

"It seems like every (year) we end up in the same spot," said

Osgood, who is 8-5-0 with a 2.74 GAA in 13 career games against

Philadelphia. "We've got a good core, a good group of guys. We

know how to fight through adversity. We know how to deal with

the pressures of playing in Detroit. We always know in the end

that we're going to be there and give ourselves a good chance to

win in the end."

The Flyers haven't won in Detroit since November 4, 1988, going

0-13-0 with two ties in their last 15 trips to Joe Louis Arena -

the NHL's longest active road winless streak by one team against

an opponent. This is the Flyers' first trip to Detroit since

January 12, 2006.

"I know we don't come in here very often, but hopefully (it's) a

little motivation to try to get a win against a very good

Detroit team," Flyers coach John Stevens told the team's

official Web site.

Philadelphia is currently trying to hang on to fourth place in

the East, leading Pittsburgh by two points. The Flyers have

split their eight games in March, scoring four or more goals in

each of the wins and one or fewer in each defeat.

They couldn't convert a home-and-home sweep of the New York

Rangers after Saturday's 4-2 home victory, falling 4-1 on Sunday

at Madison Square Garden.

Simon Gagne and Mike Richards are both currently riding

seven-game point streaks, but Jeff Carter, who has a

team-leading 38 goals, has scored only twice in the last nine

contests.

The Flyers are trying to avoid losing consecutive games for the

first time this month, and their first consecutive regulation

losses since January 31 and February 4. After Antero Niittymaki

struggled in Sunday's loss, the Flyers will likely turn to

Martin Biron, who is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA in his last four

starts.

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