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POSTGAME 5: Flyers shot down by Wings

Flyers take shootout loss, ending 19-year home win streak over Red Wings.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

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Flyers postgame highlights, analysis and reaction

Highlights, analysis and reaction from the Flyers' 3-2 loss to the Red Wings

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Andreas Athanasiou scored in the third round of the shootout and the Detroit Red Wings ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

It was the first regular-season win for the Red Wings (7-6-1) in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997, ending a 12-game losing streak.

Athanasiou scored in the third period to force overtime, and Tomas Tatar also had a goal. Goaltender Jimmy Howard made 23 saves through regulation, and stopped all three Flyers in the shootout. Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers (6-6-2), Jakub Voracek had two assists and Steve Mason made 33 saves.

2. THE TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came in the third period when Andreas Athanasiou danced through center ice, split the Flyers defense and scored an improbable goal to tie the game up at 2-2… The goal gave momentum to the Red Wings, who got through the overtime and secured the extra point in the shootout when it was Athanasiou again who scored to give Detroit the win.
 
3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Andreas Athanasiou: Recorded a highlight reel game-tying goal in the third period to force overtime and scored the game deciding goal in the shootout.

2 - Steve Mason:  Stopped 33 of 35 shots and was a big reason the club secured an extra point in the standings.

3 - Claude Giroux:  Recording a power-play goal, giving him a two-game goal-scoring streak, and is near the top of the NHL leaderboard in the scoring race with 15 points on the year.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* With an assist on Claude Giroux's first goal, Jakub Voracek recorded his 300th assist as a member of the Flyers… He added another assist to give him 15 points and has seven points (3g-4a) in his last six games.

* Claude Giroux recorded a goal for the second straight game, and the fourth time in his last six games… He now has posted at least a point in 12 of 14 games to start the season... Giroux also has nine points on the power play which currently leads the NHL.

* The Flyers recorded a goal on the power play for the third straight game, and seventh out of their last eight games.
 
* The Flyers were outshot by 10, the most they've been outshot so far this season.
 
* Three of the last five games between the Flyers and Red Wings have gone to extra time, including these last two. There was also one in January that the Flyers won 2-1 in Detroit. Prior to that, the clubs hadn't gone to overtime since 1999.
 
* This is the Flyers' eighth consecutive game that has been decided by one goal or fewer.

5. THEY SAID IT
"Obviously were not happy with it, should have had 2. Still think we can play a lot better, that wasn't our best hockey. We still have some work to do."
- Wayne Simmonds

"When you're playing every night, things just continue on and when you're sitting out it's kind of tough to pick up, it's almost like you're trying to catch up. I felt on top of things, which I was happy with, but we just have to build off of it."
- Claude Giroux

"I thought Mase was excellent. Obviously, he has been in game action for a few games. I thought through the first period he battled hard. Through that period, maybe it didn't come all that easy through that first twenty minutes. I thought the second and third he was on and that's a big reason why we got the point tonight."
- Dave Hakstol

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