Philadelphia Flyers break tie with 3rd period goal to defeat Detroit Red Wings 4-3
By MIKE CRANSTON
PHILADELPHIA — Sean Couturier set a career high for goals in a season, Robert Hagg scored the first goal of his career and Nolan Patrick showed spark.
Most importantly, the Philadelphia Flyers found a way to win when they didn’t play their best.
Couturier scored off his own rebound to snap a tie early in the third period and the Flyers rallied from two deficits to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Wednesday night.
After a 10-game skid, the Flyers won for the seventh time in eight games and moved within two points of a playoff spot.
“When we went through that streak we were finding ways to lose games,” said Dale Weise, who along with Wayne Simmonds accounted for the rest of the Flyers’ scoring. “Now we’re sitting here 7-1 in our last eight and we’re finding ways to win games when we don’t play complete games.”
Claude Giroux had three assists, Patrick had his first point in 10 games and Brian Elliott made 25 saves in his ninth straight start.
Martin Frk and Mike Green had power-play goals for the Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist also scored and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves. They were trying to win three straight for the first time this season.
“It was just a hard game,” Frk said. “We knew they were good offensively and they scored a couple of nice goals.”
Couturier, in his seventh season, set a career high for goals in a season with his team-best 16th when he beat Howard with a second-chance shot at 5:57.
The Red Wings were steamed at the end of the game as it appeared they were going a man-up when Jakub Voracek was called for elbowing with 2:06 left. But it was evened up when Andreas Athanasiou was given an embellishment penalty on the play.
“Either you make a call or you don’t make a call at all,” center Henrik Zetterberg said.