Let’s hope that the Red Wings aren’t battling for their lives in the season’s final week, just to make the playoffs. Because if they are, tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at JLA is the kind of match that will cause the Detroiters to kick themselves.
A 3-1 lead midway through the second period looked promising, but then it all fell apart, and the Flyers scored five unanswered goals to win, 6-3.
In the third period, the Flyers pumped in three goals in about five minutes, two of them on the power play.
Jimmy Howard again played the role of bewildered net minder as the Red Wings’ four-game winning streak was snapped in perplexing and stunning fashion.
Tomas Tatar scored twice, living up to the praise damned upon him by NBCSN’s Keith Jones in the first intermission.
Johan Franzen scored the other Red Wings goal, blasting a slap shot from the top of the face-off circle past Steve Mason.
The Flyers scored an empty net goal with 59 seconds to play.
Howard let in five goals on 33 shots, again failing to make any significant saves of note.
Let’s hope this one doesn’t come back to haunt.
The Red Wings are 14-8-7.
BOTTOM LINE: The Flyers have been playing better as of late, but the Red Wings inexplicably let the momentum totally shift after going ahead 3-1.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: The Flyers weren’t great, but for five minutes in the third period they left the Red Wings shell shocked. These stinkers are going to happen over the course of 82 games, but the timing is discouraging, coming right when you thought the Red Wings had gotten their act together. We’ll see if this is just a speed bump.