PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall recently lamented the lack of offensive contributions from some of his forwards other than Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds.
Schenn scored twice and had an assist to help the Flyers to a 7-2 win at Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds had a goal and two assists, and Nicklas Grossmann, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo each had a goal. Goaltender Steve Mason made 31 saves.
Philadelphia (29-27-14) trails the Boston Bruins by 10 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 12 games remaining. Boston defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 on Saturday.
The seven goals tied a season-high for the Flyers; five forwards scored, and of their three top scorers, only Simmonds put a puck in the net.
"When the GM speaks, you tend to listen," Simmonds said. "He's the one that kind of controls your destiny besides yourself if you're not playing well. I thought we had a good response today."
When Schenn scored 11 seconds into the third period to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead, the goal was greeted by a storm of hats hitting the ice. But as Schenn was celebrating his goal he knew something that the fans were just about to learn: The goal was Schenn's second, not his third.
Schenn was credited with the Flyers' first goal, but public address announcer Lou Nolan was in the midst of announcing the goal was Simmonds' when Schenn scored again.
Schenn knew the goal was Simmonds' and felt bad for the people who celebrated a bit prematurely.
"What a trick that was," Schenn said. "There's a lot of $30 hats on the ice. I was talking to [Simmonds] in the first intermission, and I tipped it, he tipped it right after me. He's not trying to chisel that one. I guess Lou was a little late to the mic, cost some people some hats."
Schenn said he hasn't had a hat trick since his minor hockey days. Though he was disappointed to not get his first three-goal NHL game, the two points he helped the Flyers earn in the standings meant more.
"It feels good, but at the same time, to come in a winning effort, everyone was contributing tonight," Schenn said. "Guys like [Rinaldo] scoring goals. It's nice to help [Mason] out for once. He's been playing so well for us and we haven't been giving him the goal support he needs. To break out as a team is nice."
Schenn needed the breakout more than most. He had a career-best 20 goals last season, but these were his first goals in eight games.
"You hear things like that (Hextall's message), you hear what he's saying," Schenn said. "At the same time, you come to the rink and you're trying to play the same way every night and play hard. Some nights you get some puck luck and tonight was one of those nights."
Flyers coach Craig Berube said he wanted to see more of his forwards get to the net to create scoring chances and capitalize on rebounds, and that's what Schenn did Saturday.
With the Flyers up 2-1 and on a power play in the second period, Schenn was outside the crease when he lunged to shove a Simmonds rebound under Howard. On the goal early in the third, Schenn was in the slot to get Voracek's pass out of the corner off his rebound to make it 4-1. On the goal that got changed to Simmonds, Schenn was in front of the net on a power play and got a piece of Mark Streit's point shot.
"That's been a constant, we talk about it all the time," Berube said. "You've got to get to the net and you've got to get pucks through there and find rebounds and put them in. That's how you score goals in this league. ... You've got to get dirty if you want to score goals. [It] takes effort around the net.
"The last three or four games I've liked [Schenn's] game because I saw second effort, physical play. He's around the net more. That's his game. He needs to get to the net and he'll score some goals."
The Red Wings trailed 2-0 in the first period but outplayed the Flyers in the second. Abdelkader scored at 4:14 to make it 2-1, and Detroit was surging when Tomas Tatar, the Red Wings' leading goal-scorer, had an open look from the inside edge of the left circle, but Mason gloved the shot.
Moments later, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk was called for tripping, his first penalty in 32 games, and Schenn scored his first to start Philadelphia rolling.
"Those are big saves that can definitely change the momentum of games," Mason said. "You don't make that save, it becomes a 2-2 game; who knows if we get the power play after that. It was a timely save that goaltenders need to make."
The loss was the Red Wings' fourth in five games since ending February with a three-game win streak. Detroit leads Boston by three points for third place in the Atlantic Division.
"I think it's almost like we're hiding out there," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We're a little afraid. We don't want the puck. If we have it, we'd rather give it to someone else. Then all of a sudden we start playing. We know that we can play, but somehow we want to wait 20 minutes before we get going. Where we are right now, we can't do that."
Special teams were an issue for the Red Wings. They went 1-for-3 on the power play and allowed the Flyers to score on three of four.
"When we were confident, our penalty kill was dominant for us," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We've come off it and now we are on our heels and we are not assertive. We're standing there [watching] them shoot it in our net instead of going after them like we were. We have to get our confidence back and get aggressive."
The Red Wings made it 5-2 on Cole's first goal since being acquired by the Red Wings prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, but Read and Rinaldo scored 38 seconds apart. It was Rinaldo's first goal in 45 games this season.
"This one has to roll into tomorrow," Simmonds said. "We have to come out with a fast start. Ottawa has been a hot team of late; they've got really good goaltending, they've been playing well throughout the lineup. We're going to need everything we did tonight and more to beat them tomorrow night."
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