Wings cough up lead, fall in Philly

Associated Press • Dec 21, 2017 at 12:05 AM

PHILADEPHIA — The difficulties the Red Wings have had in Philadelphia evidently aren't over.

Always a tough place for the Red Wings to win, it proved to be the case again Wednesday as the Flyers rallied and won 4-3.

Flyers forward Sean Couturier put back in his own rebound in front of goaltender Jimmy Howard, Couturier's 16th goal, breaking a 3-3 tie at 5:57 of the third period.

And adding a Red Wings defeat in eastern Pennsylvania.

The Red Wings ended a 12-game losing streak that spanned 19 years last season (November 2016) when they defeated the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout.

But the winning streak only lasted one game.

Coach Jeff Blashill acknowledged the Red Wings' difficulty in Philadelphia in years past, but didn't put much stock in the statistics.

"Obviously this has been a hard building for us," Blashill said in a brief media scrum before the game. "They're a very good hockey team, like every single night in the NHL you're playing a very good team with some dynamic offensive players."

Martin Frk (power play), Mike Green (power play) and Gustav Nyquist scored Red Wings goals, while Dylan Larkin added two assists.

Dale Weise, Wayne Simmonds (power play) and Robert Hagg scored for the Flyers (15-12-7).

The Red Wings (13-14-7) saw their winning streak end at a modest two games.

At a time defense seems to increasingly take added significance, both teams flashed high-level skill in this game — particularly on the power play.

Remember last season, when the Red Wings power play — particularly on the road — was such a dilemma?

Not this season, and with two power play goals last night, they are likely to march into the top five in the league.

The Red Wings tied the score at 1 with 1.3 seconds left in the first period on Frk's power-play goal.

Larkin, who has five goals in his last two games, found Frk driving to the net on the opposite wing.

Frk got the puck, then lifted a shot short side just under the bar, his eighth goal and second in two games.

The Red Wings pushed ahead 2-1 early in the second period.

With Philadelphia's Jordan Weal off on a double-minor for high-sticking Frans Nielsen, the Red Wings coverted late on Green's goal.

Larkin found Green near the high slot, and Green one-timed a shot past Elliott for his fourth goal and second in two nights.

But the Flyers answered with a beautiful power-play goal from Simmonds.

Claude Giroux fed Jakub Voracek dot-to-dot, and Voracek fired a pass to Simmonds net front at the post, where he tapped the puck past Howard for his 11th goal.

Nyquist and Hagg closed out the scoring for their teams in the second period.

Nyquist put the Red Wings back ahead 3-2 41 seconds after Simmonds' goal.

Henrik Zetterberg stripped the puck from former teammate Valtteri Filppula behind the net, and found Nyquist in front. Nyquist snapped his 10th goal past a defenseless Elliott.

But the Flyers tied it again, 3-3, on Hagg's first NHL goal.

Giroux made a nice play keeping the puck in his zone, then found Hagg in the opposite circle. Hagg's shot from the point appeared to deflect off Trevor Daley and into the net.

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