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POSTGAME 5: Milestone for Moose

Elliott earned NHL milestone with 16-save shutout in Flyers 3-0 win at Detroit on Monday night

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Philadelphia Flyers took care of business on Monday night with a 3-0 shutout win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesar's Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Scott Laughton made it a 1-0 Flyers lead near the midpoint of regulation. At 2:47 of the third period, Kevin Hayes made it back-to-back games with shorthanded goals to double the Flyers' lead. Matt Niskanen added a long-distance shorthand empty net goal to seal the shutout win. 

Brian Elliott did not see many shots in terms of quantity but he had to come up big a handful of times in earning a 16-save shutout. Jonathan Bernier gave his team a chance to win, but took the loss despite a host of tough chances in making 28 saves on 30 shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Brian Elliott (16 save shutout)
2nd: Scott Laughton (game-winning-goal)
3rd: Jonathan Bernier (28 of 30 saves)

TURNING POINT
The third period got off to a shaky start. That is, until Kevin Hayes delivered yet again on the penalty kill. Hayes intercepted the puck in the defensive zone, rumbling down the ice on a breakaway and tallying his fourth shorthanded goal of the season for a 2-0 lead.Video: PHI@DET: Hayes buries breakaway shot for SHG

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) In the first period, the Flyers had a decided territorial advantage. Detroit turned over numerous pucks and gave up space over the middle. The Flyers were unable to take advantage: too many missed nets on their shot attempts including two by Claude Giroux with good looks at the net. Philly gave up some counterattacks, but Elliott was sharp when called up. 

2) The two teams combined for just three shots on goal through the first seven minutes of the middle stanza. Elliott stopped a tricky backhander by Luke Glendenning. 

3) The Flyers second power play of the game -- entry attempts, passing, etc -- never got organized. Shortly after it ended, though, Scott Laughton bagged the game's first goal at 9:31. Good plays by Tyler Pitlick (pressuring the D), Robert Hägg (stepping up and creating a turnover), Michael Raffl (nice setup pass) gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

4) Philadelphia dominated most of the latter half of the frame, and came close several times to extending the lead. Late in the period, there were a few nervous moments for the Flyers after an Ivan Provorov turnover. With two ticks left on the clock, Elliott denied Larkin with a skate save at the post.

5) The Flyers had a rough start to the third period: a couple turnovers, lost 50-50 battles, two icings, a Laughton high-sticking penalty and Elliott having to be alert to a Filip Hronek power play one-timer. Hayes, however, was a one-man momentum changer, putting the Flyers ahead 2-0 with his fourth shorthanded goal of the season. A little later, Tyler Pitlick saved the Flyers a goal on a crucial shot block with an empty net behind him.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Brian Elliott recorded his 40th career shutout, which is an NHL milestone, with a 16 save performance.Video: PHI@DET: Elliott earns second shutout of season

* The Flyers earned their fifth straight win over the Red Wings and second in the season series in which they have now outscored Detroit, 9-1.

* Kevin Hayes has shorthanded goals in back-to-back games and has four on the year, which is tied for the NHL lead.

* Hayes' back-to-back shorthanded goals were the first time a Flyer has accomplished that feat since Matt Read on Mar. 15 & 16, 2014 in a home-and-home set against the Penguins.

* Scott Laughton has goals in three straight games, since returning from the bye week break.

* Matt Niskanen has goals in back-to-back games and points in three straight with five points (2g-3a) in that stretch.

* The Flyers have a full two-day break and return home to face the New Jersey Devils next on Thursday. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic.

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Laughton, Farabee and Elliott after winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over DET

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