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Philadelphia Flyers 2, Detroit Red Wings 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Philadelphia Flyers 2, Detroit Red Wings 4 FINAL
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Detroit Red Wings 4

DETROIT (AP) _ Robert Lang made an instant impact with his new team.

The veteran center had three assists in his Detroit debut, leading the Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

Lang, acquired Friday from Washington, moved past Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis into the lead in the NHL scoring race with 77 points.

``I wanted to get off to a good start,'' Lang said. ``I'm glad it worked out.''

His big night helped Detroit pass Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia and Ottawa into first place in the overall NHL standings with 85 points.

``They can score the pretty goals, but they can muck it up pretty well, too,'' Philadelphia goaltender Sean Burke said. ``They were pretty aggressive in front of the net.''

Mathieu Schneider, Steve Yzerman, Kirk Maltby and Brendan Shanahan scored for the Red Wings, and Schneider added an assist.

Mark Recchi and Simon Gagne had the Flyers' goals.

Detroit led 3-2 after each team scored twice in the second period.

Recchi tied it at 1 for Philadelphia 5:52 into the period. Yzerman restored the Red Wings' lead at 8:45 after a pass from Lang.

``I think he started to feel more comfortable as the game went on,'' Detroit coach Dave Lewis said.

Maltby made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with 5:41 remaining.

Gagne brought Philadelphia within 3-2 with 1:17 left in the period.

Shanahan's power-play goal, scored off a rebound of Lang's shot, made it 4-2 with 8:04 remaining in the third period.

Burke talked about Lang's effect on Detroit.

``It's another dimension, another guy teams have to focus on,'' he said. ``That creates more space for some of their other players. The balance that team has is its strength. In the playoffs, that's what wins it for you, being able to throw out four lines, and to throw out the four lines that they have, they're a tough team to beat.''

Lang got his first point with his new team on his second shift. He won a faceoff deep in the Philadelphia zone back to Schneider, whose wrist shot from the high slot went in off the stick of Flyers defenseman Chris Therien at 4:26.

``A great faceoff win,'' Schneider said. ``He won it so hard, it was all I could do to get a backhand on it.''

scoring summary
1st Period
04:26
DET
Mathieu Schneider (13) Slapshot - ASST: Robert Lang (46)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
05:52
PHI
Mark Recchi (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Michal Handzus (30)
1 - 1 Tie
08:45
DET
Steve Yzerman (17) Slapshot - ASST: Robert Lang (47), Anders Myrvold (1)
2 - 1 DET
14:19
DET
PPG - Kirk Maltby (11) Tip-in - ASST: Mathieu Schneider (30), Kris Draper (16)
3 - 1 DET
18:43
PHI
Simon Gagne (19) Slapshot - ASST: Mattias Timander (4), Alexei Zhamnov (14)
3 - 2 DET
3rd Period
11:56
DET
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (19) Snap shot - ASST: Robert Lang (48), Steve Yzerman (24)
4 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
06:37
DET
Kirk Maltby  Slashing against  Danny Markov
06:37
PHI
Danny Markov  Hooking against  Kirk Maltby
06:47
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Holding against  Alexei Zhamnov
08:59
PHI
Patrick Sharp  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
03:20
PHI
Donald Brashear  Boarding against  Pavel Datsyuk
12:24
PHI
Marcus Ragnarsson  Tripping against  Robert Lang
15:03
DET
Kirk Maltby  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sean Burke
3rd Period
00:54
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Holding against  Danny Markov
05:25
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Tomas Holmstrom
11:02
PHI
Donald Brashear  Slashing against  Kirk Maltby
goalie stats
Sean Burke
SA: 27TOI: 58:52
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0
Manny Legace
SA: 20TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2