Entering Sunday's action, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States the last time the Philadelphia Flyers
won in Detroit.
The skid is finally over.
James van Riemsdyk
, Daniel Carcillo
and Scott Hartnell
scored to help Philadelphia win for the first time in Detroit in more than 22 years as it pulled out a 3-2 victory against the Red Wings.
The Flyers were 0-14-2 at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 4, 1988.
"I don't think it was in our mind to get the win for that reason," said Brian Boucher
, who made 25 saves. "We haven't been playing well the last four games and we wanted to get a big win."
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
said he didn't mention the winless streak in Detroit before the game.
"Not one word. I don't believe in that stuff." he said. "Different players here, everything. Doesn't make sense bringing it up because you can't do anything about it."
and Henrik Zetterberg
scored for Detroit, which lost its second consecutive game. Jimmy Howard
stopped 24 shots before being pulled in favor of Chris Osgood
to start the third period. Osgood made five saves.
"I think it was the overall game. Passing game wasn't working. We were one and done all the time," Zetterberg said. "We weren't playing together as a five-man unit and they really benefited. It was a lot of whistles and a lot of breaks and it was tough to get anything going."
Philadelphia had lost three of its last four and wanted to play better defensively.
"We talked about we had to clean up the defensive zone," Carcillo said.
Filppula put Detroit on the board 51 seconds into the third period with his 10th goal. Filppula beat Boucher from the bottom of the left circle.
Boucher made an outstanding glove save on Johan Franzen
, who was in the slot, 7:17 into the third.
"It came right out to him in the slot. Just tried to come out and be big in goal. Got a glove on it," Boucher said.
Zetterberg's power-play goal with 7:32 left in the third made it 3-2. He got his 14th goal with a backhand shot after picking up a loose puck in front.
"I just thought they were better than us basically for 40 minutes of the game. We started fine but I thought they were better," Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock said. "We were able to crank her up to another level in the third, for whatever reason."
Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring 51 seconds into the second period with his ninth goal. His shot from along the right wing boards deflected in off Filppula's stick.
Carcillo scored 5:32 into the middle period when he tipped in a shot from the point by Andrej Meszaros
. The shot also deflected off the Red Wings' Jiri Hudler
before it got to Carcillo. Hartnell made it 3-0 with 5:36 left in the second, beating Howard high on the short side from the bottom of the left circle on a turnaround shot. Hartnell has 10 goals.
"I had a feeling in that situation that the goalie would be down," Hartnell said. "So I just tried to get the puck up."
Panthers 3, Rangers 0 | HIGHLIGHTS
made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 43rd overall, and David Booth
, Chris Higgins
and Stephen Weiss
scored in Florida's victory against New York at the BankAtlantic Center.
The Panthers are 4-1-2 in their last seven games.
"Tomas played a great game for us. He deserves a little more lead than just one and we gave it to him," Higgins said. "He shut the door on them and obviously you can get a little momentum when Vokie's making those big saves like he did."
stopped 32 shots for New York. The Rangers, coming off a 2-1 overtime loss in Tampa Bay on Saturday night, lost for the first time (9-1) in the second half of back-to-back games.
"We had some good chances … we couldn't score," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we had three or four really good chances in the third period and we couldn't score. There's not much room for error when you don't score a goal."
Higgins scored his sixth goal at 8:50 of the third period to give Florida a 2-0 lead. Higgins poke-checked the puck away from Michael Sauer
, skated down the left side, then waited for defenseman Michael Del Zotto
to slide by before wristing a shot past Biron to the short side.
Weiss added an empty-net goal with 1:30 left with the Rangers on a power play.
"We were desperate," Weiss said. "We knew we had to win this game after the last two where we played two pretty decent games but not getting the results we wanted at home."
Booth opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the second period. With Dale Weise
in the penalty box for holding, Booth scored his 10th goal when he slammed home a rebound at 11:32.
Biron stopped Mike Santorelli
's shot from close-range before Booth fired the rebound between several players around the crease.
Florida's Cory Stillman
appeared to have scored at 4:23 of the third period after taking a feed from Mike Reasoner. But replays showed the puck went off Stillman's skate in the crease and the goal was disallowed.
"We didn't play at the level that we wanted to right from the get-go," Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky
said. "In order to be successful, there's got to be a 60-minute game."
Predators 4, Blue Jackets 1 | HIGHLIGHTS
had a goal and two assists and Pekka Rinne
made 19 saves as Nashville beat Columbus at Bridgestone Arena.
, Patric Hornqvist
and Sergei Kostitsyn
also scored to help Nashville run its home winning streak against Columbus to 15 games. The Predators have won two straight following a five-game losing streak.
scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets had won three straight.
After Columbus opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game, Nashville countered with a three-goal second.
"In the first period we got pucks in, got after them, and forced them to turn pucks over," Columbus coach Scott Arniel
said. "(In the second) they did the exact opposite. They did the same thing. Once the first couple went it, it was scramble mode."
Umberger scored after the opening faceoff when he was able to defect Marc Methot
's shot from the right point past Rinne. Umberger has goals in three consecutive games.
"If you ever want to suck the energy out of a building, just give up a goal on the first shift," Nashville coach Barry Trotz
said. "We were able to get through the first period, and I thought we regrouped very well. I thought after that, we were really strong all game."
Weber tied it at 2:59 of the second with a slap shot from the middle of the blue line. Hornqvist screened goalie Steve Mason
on the play.
"They played in our end the whole first period, so we had to do something to change it up," Weber said. "We just wanted to get pucks there and create traffic and chaos in front."
Nashville took the lead with 6:09 left in the second on Spaling's goal. Weber sent a wrist shot on net from the right faceoff dot. Mason knocked the shot away, but Spaling was able to knock in the rebound from just outside the crease for his second goal of the season.
Just under 3 minutes later, Hornqvist grabbed the rebound of Weber's shot and fired it into the Columbus net while falling to the ice on a power play.
Kostitsyn converted a rebound of Colin Wilson
's shot at 5:53 of the third.
"They just simplified things," Columbus defenseman Kris Russell
said. "They got pucks deep and really hounded our defense, and got on top of us and were physical."
Wild 6, Coyotes 5 (OT) | HIGHLIGHTS
scored 46 seconds into overtime after Pierre-Marc Bouchard
tied it with 26 seconds left in regulation as Minnesota completed an improbable rally at the Xcel Energy Center.
The teams scored six goals in the third period and both lost leads in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
"The game was like a movie," Minnesota coach Todd Richards
said. "It had drama, at times it was a comedy, at times it was a horror, but it had a great ending."
scored twice, Brent Burns
and Nick Schultz
added goals, Mikko Koivu
had four assists and Jose Theodore
made 39 saves for the Wild. Ray Whitney
scored twice for Phoenix, while Scottie Upshall
, Keith Yandle
and Ed Jovanovski
added goals and Jason LaBarbera
stopped 23 shots.
On the winner, Bouchard dug the puck out of the corner and found Barker on top of the left circle, and Barker's shot beat LaBarbera just inside the corner. It was the defenseman's first goal of the season.
"I actually thought he stopped it, then their player kind of got in front of me," Barker said after his first goal of the season. "Then I heard everybody screaming and the horn go off. It was a good sound to hear, obviously."
Whitney gave Phoenix a 5-4 lead with 2:55 to play in the third. When Minnesota's Clayton Stoner
missed a clearing attempt, Whitney knocked the puck past Theodore.
Entering the third period trailing 3-1, Phoenix tied it with goals 13 seconds apart.
Upshall made it 3-2 when he took a pass from Shane Doan
and knocked it past Theodore. Upshall has five points in the past three games.
Yandle tied it when he knocked in the rebound of Vernon Fiddler
's shot at 4:57 of the third period, prompting Minnesota coach Todd Richards
to take his timeout.
"We just kind of lost a little bit of our mojo there in the third," said Brunette, who scored two early goals for the Wild. "The first two periods we were kind of controlling the game, then got in trouble in the third and lost our confidence way too quick. We've been having trouble here at home, so it was nice to feel a little bit of energy in the building when we were down by a goal. There hasn't been much energy here all year, so it was nice to hear them roar."
Burns gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead with his 12th goal of the season at 11:14, but Jovanovski tied it for Phoenix about 3 minutes later with a diving goal.
The victory allowed Minnesota to rebound from a disappointing loss to Nashville on Friday night. The Coyotes have won only two of their past seven and three of their past 10 games.
"We have to find a way to win, and we haven't done it," Phoenix captain Shane Doan
said. "You give up one in the last minute, you're never too happy with the results."
The victory was the 250th of Theodore's career, making him one of only eight active NHL goalies to reach that mark.
Stars 4, Blues 2 | HIGHLIGHTS
stopped 28 shots and Brad Richards
scored the go-ahead goal at 6:32 of the third period to lead Dallas past St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.
Lehtonen broke a four-game losing streak, and improved to 6-1 lifetime against St. Louis. Lehtonen has never allowed more than two goals in all seven career starts against the Blues.
"I don't know if there's any secret to it," he said. "I just try to come in here and play well. It certainly wasn't easy."
Lehtonen, who improved to 16-10-4, stopped the final 19 shots. He had given up 10 goals in his previous two games.
"It was a great bounce-back game for him," Dallas coach Marc Crawford
said. "They had a couple really good chances in the third period and he stood his ground. He's a calming influence when he plays like that."
Richards had two assists and Brenden Morrow
scored twice to help Dallas finish 4-0 against St. Louis this season. Dallas outscored St. Louis 7-0 in the third period during the four contests and won the first three meetings by one goal.
"A win is a win, they are all important," Morrow said. "But the way we're doing it gives us a lot of confidence."
added a goal with 2:50 left.
St. Louis, which carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, had a five-game winning streak snapped. Alex Steen
and David Backes
scored for the Blues. Steen has a team-high 13 goals, nine in the last 16 games.
The Blues were 12-2-1 when leading after two periods.
"They started making us pay in the third period," Backes said. "We needed a little more push, a little more effort."
Morrow began the comeback with his second goal of night 2:28 into the third period. Richards added his team-high 18th goal and his third game-winning tally of the season.
"It was a real good finish," Richards said. "Huge. You have to take the two points when you can get them."
The Blues, who had won their last four home games, fell to a 14-5-2 at home.
"We had an opportunity to steal a game we probably didn't deserve," said St. Louis defenseman Barret Jackman
. "We just weren't able to do it."
Ducks 2, Blackhawks 1 | HIGHLIGHTS
made 39 saves to help the Anaheim Ducks
beat the defending Stanley Cup champs at the Honda Center.
scored his first goal of the season and Corey Perry
broke a second-period tie for Anaheim. The Ducks won their third straight game and ran their home winning streak to four.
"He made some highlight reel stops and really saved our butts," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle
said of Hiller. "What else can you say?"
Hiller twice made lunging glove saves with the Ducks clinging to the lead in the third period. The last one coming with about 90 seconds left in the game, when Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg
tried to punch a rebound into an open net, a shot that Dave Bolland
redirected with a deflection, and Hiller flew across the crease to knock it over the net with the glove.
Earlier, with about 12 minutes left in the game, Hiller made another highlight-reel stop, as Chicago winger Jack Skille
tried to flip the puck in from near the left post, but Hiller somehow managed to glove it while sprawled on his back. A video review upheld the call on the ice of no goal.
"I feel pretty comfortable with the way I am playing," Hiller said. "I knew I had to play a little better to give the team a chance to win. That is what I'm trying to do. But I also think everybody stepped it up."
scored for Chicago. The Blackhawks have lost three straight.
Perry made it 2-1 at 1:46 of the second on a snap shot. He leads the Ducks with 21 goals and 44 points.
Both teams were missing their captains because of injuries sustained Tuesday night.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf
took a puck to the face against Phoenix that resulted in multiple nasal fractures, while Chicago's Jonathan Toews
missed his second game because of a right shoulder injury.
Perry, elevated to an alternate captain with Getzlaf sidelined, stepped up in the absence of his injured linemate to score his 16th point in the last 11 games.
Lilja opened the scoring at 10:32 into the first. Lilja faked before firing a slap shot from the point that goalie Corey Crawford
appeared to lose sight of in heavy traffic in front of the net.
Chicago tied it with 1:52 left in the first on Bickell's 11th goal. Just after a power play expired, Hiller blocked Bickell's shot with his stick, only to then push it into the goal with the backside of the stick.
"I think we got better as the game progressed," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
said. "If we play like that in the third, we'll get rewarded. I think that's the way we've got to start games and play throughout games. He made some key saves and he looked good in the net, but we've got to find ways to generate more scoring chances in the first 40 (minutes) than we did tonight."
had a chance to give the Ducks a two-goal edge in the third period when he drew a penalty shot after being taken down by Patrick Kane
on the break.
Selanne came up empty on the attempt, clanking the puck off the crossbar. It was his sixth career penalty shot, only one of which he has converted.
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.