Wheels Too Hot For Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings, who actually boasted a power play worse than the Flyers, put on a clinic with the man-advantage and it paid off.

Detroit scored three power play goals and absolutely dominated a slow and sloppy Flyers team, 5-2, Saturday in Detroit. The Flyers gave up seven power play opportunities and it killed momentum much of the game. 

The Red Wings got three-point efforts from four of their players. Nicklas Kronwall (goal, two assists), Pavel Datsyuk (goal, two assists), Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, assist) and Daniel Alfredsson (three assists) all put on star performances.

Ray Emery did not look sharp in the loss, and it kept the Flyers trailing for the final 52 minutes of the game. He stopped 25 of the 29 shots faced, coughing up weak goals due to being out of position and looking lost all game.

In the first, the Wings took a 1-0 lead thanks to a Todd Bertuzzi wrap-around on the power play. Emery lost Bertuzzi behind the net and the veteran forward tucked the puck through an open spot and gave his team the lead.

Detroit scored its second power play goal of the game in the second period to go up, 2-0. Kronwall's shot made it's way through traffic and beat Emery for his first of the season.

The Flyers answered right back when Erik Gustafsson scored on a bouncing puck that somehow got past Jimmy Howard. The Flyers pressed from that point in the second, getting a lot of chances on Howard who stood tall in net to make 32 saves in the game.

Detroit came out strong in the third and expanded its lead to 3-1 on a Datsyuk goal. The Flyers answered again when Tye McGinn scored in his first game of the season, cutting the lead to 3-2.

But Zetterberg scored the next two, the latter being an empty netter, to seal the fate of the Flyers, who now fall to 1-5-0.

One of the very few bright spots in the game was McGinn's play. Head coach Craig Berube put McGinn on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek and played a fantastic game.

McGinn scored in his first game of the season, logged nearly 17 minutes of ice time and even got Giroux his first point of the game when the captain assisted on McGinn's goal.


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