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Andreas Athanasiou lifts Red Wings past Flyers

Scores decisive goal in shootout to help Detroit end five-game losing streak

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- 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.

Athanasiou skated in with speed and beat Flyers goalie Steve Mason for the game-deciding goal.

"I always go back to my forehand on Mason so I thought I'd change it up this time," Athanasiou said. "Little shot fake and go to my backhand. Lucky enough he bit on the fake and I got it upstairs on him."

 

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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.

"It feels good," goaltender Jimmy Howard said. "I thought that's probably our most complete game in a while."

Video: DET@PHI: Couturier pushes in a rebound in front

Tomas Tatar also had a goal. Howard made 23 saves through overtime, 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 Mason made 33 saves.

The Flyers took a 2-1 lead at 6:51 of the third on Couturier's first goal in 11 games, but Athanasiou tied the game at 11:11 of the third. He got the puck at center ice, showcased his blazing speed when he split Flyers defensemen Brandon Manning and Radko Gudas to break in alone on Mason.

It was Athanasiou's fourth goal in four career games against the Flyers.

"Sometimes the puck finds a way into the back of the net vs. Philly," he said. "I'll take it."

The Flyers had chances to win in regulation and overtime. Giroux got a breakaway with 3:06 left in the third period but Howard got his left pad out to stop him on the post. With 1:07 remaining in overtime Giroux was stopped on another breakaway.

"[Giroux] is a top talent in the League and he's got shifty hands," Howard said. "Just hard work paying off in practice, doing a lot of breakaways, especially with [Dylan Larkin], and it's paid off."

Despite the missed opportunities Giroux felt the Flyers played well.

"We had our chances," he said. "We had a couple breakaways. [Howard] was pretty sharp on their side. … We had our chances to win, and even in overtime we had a couple chances, so I think we did a lot of good things to put ourselves in a position to win."

The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Giroux one-timed a cross-zone pass by Voracek for a power-play goal at 6:28 of the first period, but Tatar's goal at 8:42 tied the game. Henrik Zetterberg bumped Manning off the puck just to the right of the Flyers goal, and Gustav Nyquist tipped it away from Mason. Zetterberg got it behind the Flyers net and sent it out front to Tatar, who scored for the first time in nine games.

"Defensively and taking care of the puck we weren't at our best the entire 65 minutes," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.

 

Goal of the game

Going third for the Red Wings in the shootout, Athanasiou attacked with speed, and when Mason moved forward on his forehand fake, he dragged the puck back and elevated a backhand.

Video: DET@PHI: Athanasiou flips in a backhand for SO winner

 

Save of the game

At 4:50 of the second period, Athanasiou redirected Justin Abdelkader's point shot from the hash marks. Mason had started drifting to his right but was able to stretch and get his blocker on it.

Video: DET@PHI: Mason denies Athanasiou's rediretction

 

Unsung moment of the game

Tatar started the play that led to his goal. First he tipped the puck away from Michael Raffl in the Detroit zone, and then after he dumped it in the Philadelphia end, he kept Radko Gudas' clearing attempt in at the right point.

Video: DET@PHI: Tatar finishes Zetterberg's slick pass

 

Highlight of the game

When Athanasiou saw a bit of daylight between Gudas and Manning, he accelerated and beat Mason under the crossbar for the tying goal.

Video: DET@PHI: Athanasiou breaks in with speed and scores

 

They said it

"Wasn't perfect but it was good enough. Tonight we had a few bounces with us and we won the game." -- Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg

 

"Obviously we're not happy with it. Should have had two [points]. Still think we can play a lot better. That wasn't our best hockey. We still have some work to do." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds

 

Need to know

Howard's win was his 192nd, giving him sole possession of ninth among United States-born goalies. He had been tied with Guy Hebert. Tim Thomas is eighth with 214. … Voracek's assist on Couturier's goal was his 300th in the NHL. Brayden Schenn scored his 200th point with the Flyers. … It was the Flyers' eight straight one-goal game.

 

What's next

Red Wings: Home against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNV, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN4, TCN-PH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Athanasiou leads Red Wings to 3-2 SO win

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