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POSTGAME 5: Flyers shut out by Wings

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers ran into a hot Jimmy Howard, who earned his third straight win and ran his record to 6-1-0 in his last seven starts, by stopping all 30 shots he faced to give the Red Wings a 3-0 win in the final home game at Joe Louis Arena of this regular season… Detroit got on the board first on a rebound goal from Darren Helm, while extending their lead in the second with a shorthanded breakaway goal from Andreas Athanasiou… Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.

Tonight’s turning point could have easily come in the second period with Steve Mason make a number of saves on a flurry of Detroit scoring chances to keep it a close game for the Flyers to mount a comeback, however it was a shorthanded tally from Andreas Athanasiou earlier in the period that proved to be the difference in the end… The Flyers would record 24 of their total 30 shots on net in the second and third period, but fell just short as an empty-net goal would seal it for the Red Wings.

1. Jimmy Howard - Recorded just his second shutout of the season, but won his sixth game in his last seven starts by stopping all 30 shots he faced, including two tough scoring chances late in the third period to keep it a two-goal lead.

2. Andreas Athanasiou -
Added to the Red Wings lead by scoring a shorthanded breakaway goal, which was his only shot of the game… Appeared in just 5:58 of ice-time, only 21 seconds of which came shorthanded.

3. Luke Glendening -
Was a +1 and logged over five minutes of shorthanded TOI, which was 5:39 of his total 15:22  of ice time.

The Flyers recorded 30 shots on goal marking the eighth straight game they recorded 30+ shots on goal… They also had an additional 21 shots that were blocked: Jake Voracek had nine total shot attempts, while Claude Giroux had eight… Giroux also had two hits, a blocked shot and was 14-for-31 on faceoffs… Radko Gudas led the Flyers with six hits… The Flyers lost back-to-back games for the first time since February 13-14 and have lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since February 7 & 9… The Flyers were shutout for just the fifth time this season and have gone 2-2-0 in games following a shutout loss… The Flyers return to action tomorrow night at home vs. Toronto (7PM, CSN, 97.5 The Fanatic).

"Maybe we could have gotten in his face a little more, tried to take his eyes away, but he made a lot of good saves. You have to give him credit."
- Mark Streit

"We have to have a killer instinct now. We can't let these games get away from us."
- Steve Mason

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