Big Guns Lead the Path to History
The Red Wings are now in elite company, with twenty straight home wins with their tonight's win coming from strong performances by the Wings' top players. The top-six forwards and top-four defenseman all came away with at least one point except for Jiri Hudler.
Nicklas Kronwall opened the scoring with a blast from the point while Brayden Schenn sat in the box for tripping. The goal was originally credited to Bertuzzi but he didn't deflect is as initially thought but Bert and Hank provided the assists. Schenn redeemed himself late in the period when Danny Briere capitalized off a botched clear by MacDonald and passed it to Schenn who scored easily.
Schenn lit the lamp again scoring five minutes in however Detroit answered back quickly with another power play goal. Pavel Datsyuk tied the game with assists going to White and Franzen. Max Talbot, who you may remember scored 2 goals for Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Cup Finals to beat Detroit, put Philly ahead once again as the second neared its end. Henrik Zetterberg brought the game back to even with his 11th of the season from Filppula and Stuart.
The shots were relatively even over the first two periods, both teams had 8 in the first and Detroit had 13 to Philadelphia's 11 in the second. The Flyers carried the play for most of the third however and fired 10 shots at Macdonald while the Wings only mustered 4. Johan Franzen put the Wings up for good just 52 seconds into the third with Lidstrom and Zetterberg getting assists. Philadelphia pressed and their defense was very active but Macdonald made some solid saves and Detroit weathered the storm. The Wings were able to breathe easier when Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen went to the box with just under a minute left for holding to negate the extra attacker.
Franzen's goal was his 10th game winner of the year which leads the league. Kronwall's goal was his 12th, a career-high, and was the 34th by a Detroit defenseman which leads the league. Henrik Zetterberg had a game high 3 points and may be shaking off his slump.
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