The Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 at the Joe Louis Arena and tied the NHL record with their 20th consecutive home win. The Red Wings now share the record with the 1975-1976 Philadelphia Flyers and the 1929-1930 Boston Bruins. The Red Wings can break the record on Tuesday night when they play against the Dallas Stars.
The Red Wings Johan Franzen broke a 3-3 tie 52 seconds into the third period. The Flyers lost the fifth game in their last six games. Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky did play better but he will need to play much better if the Flyers want to advance when the playoffs start in over a month from now. He has allowed 12 goals in his last three games. He just needs to get his game together and get it together quickly.
The Philadelphia Flyers like they did in Saturday's game against the New York Rangers could not stop the opponents power-play and again it was the difference in the game. Against the Detroit Red Wings the Flyers gave up two power-play goals and it cost them the game like it did the day before against the Rangers. The Red Wings were 2 for 5 on the power-play. Over the last two games the opponents power-play went 5 for 13.
Flyers center Brayden Schenn got his first two goal game of his young career on Sunday night but it was not enough for the Flyers to get the victory. Center Max Talbot gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead in the second period with his 14th goal of the season and his career high in goals. Talbot scored on a pass from Scott Hartnell and gave the Flyers a 3-2 leas with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second period.
The Detroit Red Wings tied the game very quickly on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg, 2 minutes and 2 seconds after the Flyers had taken the lead. With the game tied 1-1 Schenn gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 14:38 left in the second period. Three minutes later the Detroit Red Wings tied the game on a Pavel Datsynk goal which was on a power-play as well.
The Philadelphia Flyers played a tough game and had their chances in the game all night long. The Flyers did have a good opening period. Brayden Schenn in the first period tied the game at 1-1 with 3:18 left. The Red Wings had opened up the games scoring by scoring on a power-play when defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored for the Wings.
The Flyers in the last two games played the two top teams in each conference. The Flyers whose penalty killing has been good all season long, saw it leak a bit this past weekend. It definitely was the difference in both of the games. The goaltending is also still the problem as well and if the Flyers want to compete against the best teams in the league they will need to fixed it and will need to fix it quickly. The Flyers play the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center and they will need to get back to winning hockey games.