Red Wings beat Fly­ers in shootout

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Bracy

PHILADEL­PHIA >> An­dreas Athana­siou tied it mid­way through the third pe­riod and had the only score in the shootout, help­ing the Detroit Red Wings snap a five-game los­ing streak with a 3-2 vic­tory over the Fly­ers Tues­day night.

To­mas Tatar also scored for Detroit, which ended a 12-game reg­u­lar sea­son los­ing streak in Philadel­phia dat­ing to Jan. 25, 1997. The Red Wings did win the first two games of the 1997 Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal in Philadel­phia on their way to a fourgame sweep.

Sean Cou­turier and Claude Giroux scored and Jakub Vo­racek had a pair of as­sists for the Fly­ers.

In the shootout, all three Philadel­phia skaters — Travis Konecny, Giroux and Vo­racek — missed.

Af­ter Gus­tav Nyquist and Frans Nielsen mis­fired for Detroit, Athana­siou beat Steve Ma­son on the fore­hand. Athana­siou pumped his fist along the side boards as his team­mates came out to con­grat­u­late him.

Cou­turier made it 2-1 off a setup by Vo­racek 6:51 into the third pe­riod. Af­ter his wrap­around at­tempt was de­nied by Jimmy Howard, Vo­racek sent the puck back in front of the net and Cou­turier poked it home for his fourth goal of the sea­son but first in 11 games.

Athana­siou tied it with 8:47 left when he raced past the de­fense before dek­ing around Ma­son with a fore­hand shot.

Ma­son, mak­ing his first start since Oct. 29, made 33 saves.

Howard made con­sec­u­tive starts for the first time this sea­son af­ter mak­ing 26 stops in Detroit’s 2-1 home loss to the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers on Sun­day. He stopped 23 shots.

The Fly­ers recorded a 4-3 over­time win over Detroit last Tues­day in Philadel­phia in the teams’ pre­vi­ous meet­ing this sea­son.

Giroux gave the Fly­ers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 6 ½ min­utes in. Vo­racek sent a cross-ice pass to Giroux and the Fly­ers cap­tain went to his knees as he one-timed it high over Howard’s left shoul­der.

The Red Wings answered just over two min­utes later when Tatar net­ted his sec­ond goal of the sea­son af­ter a Fly­ers mis­cue. Philadel­phia’s Bran­don Man­ning at­tempted to clear the puck from next to his own goal but it was blocked by Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg, who set up Tatar from be­hind the net for the point-blank shot.


The Red Wings’ An­dreas Athana­siou lofts the puck past the Fly­ers’ Steve Ma­son to tie the score dur­ing the third pe­riod Tues­day in Philadel­phia.

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