DETROIT -- What a difference one day can make.
After playing a run-and-gun affair in Philadelphia's 6-5 overtime victory on Saturday afternoon in the city of Brotherly Love, Sunday's rematch at Little Caesars Arena was a tight-checking defensive battle, highlighted by timely goaltending from Carter Hart, the Flyers' 20-year-old rookie netminder, as the Flyers downed the Red Wings, 3-1, on Hockey Day in America.
Detroit had chances against Hart, but puck luck wasn't in the cards for the Wings, who missed on several opportunities, especially on well-executed backdoor plays.
But in the end, Hart was terrific, making 37 saves and showing mental toughness after having a bit of a meltdown in the third period Saturday when the Wings scored four consecutive goals to knot the score at 5-5.
Darren Helm scored the Wings' goal, while Oskar Lindblom netted two (one empty net) for Philadelphia, with Ivan Provorov notching the game winner early in the third period for the Flyers.
Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, who replaced Jonathan Bernier after the first period due to injury, had 11 saves.
With the loss, the Red Wings drop to 23-29-8 on the seaspm, while the Flyers improved to 28-24-7.
Up next, the Wings will host their former Central Division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Wednesday, in the second game of their current five-game homestand.
Philadelphia returns to action on Tuesday when it welcomes the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning to the Wells Fargo Center.
1. Anthony Mantha : With about five minutes left in the third period of Saturday afternoon's game in Philadelphia, Mantha cross-checked Flyers captain Claude Giroux along the boards. Flyers fans were incensed when there was no call. But Mantha knew retribution was coming and it came early in Sunday's game in Detroit. Just 53 seconds into the game, Wayne Simmonds challenged Mantha and the two had a brief bout. The battle appeared to spark Mantha, who led all skaters with seven shots. Mantha, who scored twice to help the Wings rally to force overtime in Philly, did not score at home Sunday but had plenty of chances. Mantha finished with 17 shifts for 18:51, had the seven shots, three hits, one takeaway, was 1-for-1 in face-offs and was minus-2.
Quotable: "Obviously I didn't want to, I'll be honest. But I step up for myself. The hit was kind of a weird hit yesterday. I knew I was gonna need to step up. He told me right before the anthem he wanted me, so I said, 'Let's get it over with,' and play some hockey. Obviously he's a tough customer. I did watch a couple of clips. He always switches to lefty, so I was trying to hold on to that left. The hand did come in mind. I guess the doctor did a great job." -- Mantha
Quotable II: "One thing about Mo that people don't understand, he's a real tough person and he understands these situations and I think he felt like he needed to answer it. We didn't speak about it. I would have probably told him not to -- well, not probably, I would have told him not to given that he had hurt his hand earlier in the year, but he knows how to handle himself. I thought he did a good job handling himself. I thought he was the best player on the ice for both teams, I thought he was excellent. It didn't show up on the scoresheet, although I think he had seven shots, seven shots and five more attempts so 12 attempts total. I thought he was the best player on the ice for most of the game." -- Wings coach Jeff Blashill
Quotable III: "I thought he was all over the place, to be honest. Great stick. He stepped up and fought Simmonds there early in the game. It seemed that really got him into it. It was good to see. I thought he had a lot of chances. He was all over the place. As long as you are getting the chances, eventually they are going to go in. It's just a matter of sticking with it and keep creating chances." -- Niklas Kronwall
2. Darren Helm: With Gustav Nyquist out of the lineup due to illness, Anthony Mantha moved up to the top line with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. That left an opening on Frans Nielsen's line with Thomas Vanek. Helm was that guy. At 14:49 of the second, defenseman Niklas Kronwall shot the puck and Hart made the initial save but the puck remained in the crease. Helm crashed the net and pushed it into the net for his fifth goal of the season. Nielsen got the second assist. In 17 career games against the Flyers, Helm has three goals and four assists. Helm finished with 21 shifts for 14:30, had four shots, one hit, three giveaways, one takeaway, two blocked shots and was plus-1.
Quotable: "Helmer is a worker. He works every day. He competes like crazy, he can skate. We want to be a puck-pressure team. That's how you puck pressure, you get guys that can skate and are tenacious. He's that and he can get to the front of the net. He's filled a lot of different roles over his time in Detroit. The one tonight, with Nielsen and Vanek, is something he would have done at different times of his career and he does a good job going to the net, so I was glad he got rewarded. Helm's a worker. He's a guy that helps you win hockey games." -- Blashill
3. Filip Hronek/Jonathan Ericsson: When the Red Wings called up rookie defenseman Filip Hronek Saturday and Blashill said he would definitely play Sunday, it meant someone would have to sit as a healthy scratch. That someone turned out to be Jonathan Ericsson, who was minus-2 against the Flyers in Philadelphia. Hronek was paired with veteran Trevor Daley. He finished with 23 shifts for 14:18, had one shot, one hit, two giveaways and was minus-1.
Quotable: "(Ericsson) was, for me, the worst of the six there last night. I didn't think our D were great last night but for me, he struggled. I think he knew that. Fil's here to play. It doesn't mean if Fil doesn't play good, then at some point you got to do something about it, but he's here to play. We called him up to play so someone's going to be out and tonight it was E. I would anticipate a similar lineup on Wednesday. I thought most of our D played pretty good." -- Blashill
Quotable II: "I thought Hronny looked great. Even when he was here last time, he didn't do anything wrong. He just keeps playing his game and playing the way he was doing down there, I think he steps right in, I think he fits right in." -- Kronwall