The Philadelphia Flyers got its first win of the 2014-2015 NHL season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Saturday night in Philadelphia.
Going into the game, the Flyers have lost all three home games to this point, one in regulation time and two in the overtime shoot-outs. The win gives the Flyers a season record of 3 wins, 3 losses and two overtime shot-out losses.
The Flyers fell behind late in the first period at 15:43, when Riley Sheahan got his stick free on a pass from Andrej Nestasil and lifted it up over Flyers goaltender Ray Emery to make a 1-0 Wings lead. It was Sheahan’s first goal of the year.
The Flyers came back in the second period when Nicklas Grossman skated from his left-point position into the front of the Wings goal, all by himself, to knock a Michael Raff pass into an empty net to make it 1-1. It was Grossman’s first goal of the year.
The two teams quickly traded goals 42 seconds apart in the third period, starting at 6:01 when Michael Raffl scored his third goal of the year, to make it 2-1. At 6:43, Pavel Datsyuk finally scored his first goal of the season, to tie the game at 2-2.
The game was tied at 2-2 at this point, but only because of how well Flyers goalie Ray Emery was playing. He ended up making 35 saves on 37 shots and there would be some good saves after Datsyuk tied the game, but the ones he made just to keep the game tied to this point were very good. He allowed the Flyers to stay in the game, then eventually go ahead.
The Flyers indeed did just that when Brayden Schenn scored his second goal of the season, on the power-play at 11:05 to give the Flyers the 3-2 lead. Schenn’s power-play goal was the first power-play goal the Red Wings have given up all season, in 29 attempts.
Michael Raffl scored his second goal of the game, a back-hander from center-ice into an empty net gave the Flyers a 4-2 win.
The Flyers face many former teammates Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center when the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings come to town.