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Flyers Fend Off Wings, Continue Win Streak

Fans cheer as Mark Howe's number was retired in the Wells Fargo Center (ESPN).

The Wells Fargo Center roared with applause during the 30-minute ceremony dedicated to the raising of a banner, one praising Philadelphia and Detroit legend, Mark Howe, whose #2 was retired. Fans cheered as he said he will always be a Flyer, and they hoped he would bring some sort of luck to their team.

Unfortunately, once again, the Flyers (37-21-7) were scored on first; it is the tenth time in their last 11 contests. Red Wings legend Henrik Zetterberg scored on a backhander from the right circle; it was his 610th career point. Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was in no position to make the save, 4 minutes into the game on the Wings’ first shot. Was it possible Bryz had fallen back into his bad habits?

13:50 into the period, Jakub Voracek took advantage of a miscommunication behind the Red Wings’ net. He wrapped around the net and passed it to the slot, and it went in off of a Detroit defenseman’s skate. Later in the period, Claude Giroux scored his 24th of the season on a breakaway goal. He scored on a backhander while beating goalie Joey MacDonald easily. The Flyers led 2-1 at the intermission with a satisfied home crowd.

The second period turned into an ugly one. Voracek looked to gain possession of a puck as he started up the right side of the Flyers zone. Wings’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall used his shoulder and absolutely demolished Voracek. He stayed down on all fours, and it took him several attempts to get back up. The dazed forward headed straight to the locker room.

The replay showed that he had been hit it the face, and the crowd booed because no penalty was called. ESPN reports that he needed stitches in his upper and lower mouth. There would be no fights, only a brief exchange of words and some pushing, and the Flyers would respond where it hurts (the score). They tallied their third goal when Claude Giroux skated up the ice shorthanded with Max Talbot trailing. Giroux’s shot rebounded off of MacDonald’s pad and Talbot buried it in, pushing the lead to 3-1.

Jakub Voracek skates off the ice after taking a hit in the second period. He would not return (ESPN).

Johan Franzen scored midway through the third, pulling his team to within one, but Bryz smothered every Detroit shot that came his way from then on. The Flyers extended their winning streak to 3 games, and Bryz had 37 saves. It was another great display by the $51 million dollar-man. Sadly, the Flyers lost yet another player to an injury. Jaromir Jagr left the game in the second period with a lower body injury.

The Flyers remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference after knocking off one of hockey’s best teams; Philly is 2 back of the Pens.

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