PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 06: Former Philadelphia Flyers player Mark Howe (C) stands with his wife Ginger (R) and father Gordie Howie (L) during a ceremony retiring his number before the start of the Flyers and Detroit Red Wings game at Wells Fargo Center on March 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA -- Ilya Bryzgalov did it again. The Flyers goaltender made 37 saves -- several of them of the gigantic variety during the third period -- as the Philadelphia Flyers held off the Detroit Red Wings and won their third-straight game. It's the first time they've won three-straight since December, and it's pretty fantastic.
After an early goal from Henrik Zetterberg on Detroit's first shot of the game, the Flyers absolutely dominated the first period. The Wings wound up with just two shots on goal in the period -- probably trying to honor Mark Howe -- but that wouldn't last long, as they seriously turned up the pressure in the latter 40 minutes of the game.
16 shots in the second and 21 (!) in the third period probably should've made Bryzgalov and the defense break, but Bryz was up to the task yet again. He looks much more calm in the crease, he's better positionally and he exudes confidence in a way he hasn't all season. He should keep doing that, because it's really great.
Claude Giroux, Max Talbot and Jakub Voracek all scored goals, but Jake left the game after a huge hit from Niklas Kronwall in the second period. Kronwall's shoulder caught Voracek in the face -- not a dirty hit, but potentially a Rule 48 violation? Jaromir Jagr also left the game in the second period and failed to return. Let's hope neither injury is all that serious.
Questions with Answers
- How awesome is Mark Howe's jersey retirement ceremony? Gordie Howe was here. How do you think it was?
- Does the ceremony impact the hockey game at all? Didn't seem to, no.
- The Flyers won the other night, but they let Washington control the tempo of the game for just about the duration. Can they flip that switch in the other direction tonight? Not really, but a win's a win.
- Ilya Bryzgalov as good as he was on Sunday? Yep.
- Can the Flyers muster up more than one goal? Yes they can!
Comment of the Night
Hey, Detroit announcers, it's Grossmann, not Grossman. Get it right.