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Disputed Flyers’ OT goal derails Red Wings

January 24, 2018

Detroit — One step forward, one step back for the Red Wings.

They just can’t get any traction, although they did earn a point.

After an impressive victory in New Jersey 24 hours earlier, the Red Wings couldn’t match it Tuesday at home, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds in overtime giving the Flyers the victory.

The goal was reviewed for a potential offside call, but was ruled a good goal.

BOX SCORE: Flyers 3, Red Wings 2, OT

The Red Wings had more energy in the opening 20 minutes, but the Flyers took control in the second period and gained a 2-1 lead.

Jonathan Ericsson and Frans Nielsen had Red Wings goals.

Nielsen tied it 2-2 at 10:44 of the third period, his 11th goal.

The Red Wings had a couple of glorious chances to break the tie and win but couldn’t convert.

Andrew MacDonald and Jakub Voracek (power play) had Red Wings goals.

Coach Jeff Blashill decided to go with goaltender Petr Mrazek on the second night of the back-to-back games, after

Mrazek was superb in shutting out New Jersey.

But Mrazek couldn’t maintain the magical streak, allowing two-second period goals to wipe out the 1-0 lead.

Voracek broke a 1-1 tie at 19:23 of the 2nd period, the league’s assist leader (45) scoring his 9th goal.

With Dylan Larkin in the box for a tripping penalty, Voracek gathered a rebound off Mrazek and patiently skated into the slot and snapped a shot past Mrazek.

When MacDonald scored at 1:10 of the second period, it ended Mrazek’s shutout streak at a career-high 145 minutes 5 seconds.

The Red Wings (19-20-8, 46 points) close out the pre-All Star break portion of the schedule Thursday when they host Chicago.

After winning four consecutive games, the Red Wings have now lost five of seven games.

Goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots for the Flyers (24-16-8, 56 points) have won eight of nine games.

Talking before the game, Blashill wasn’t surprised by the Flyers’ recent surge.

“One, they’ve gotten real good goaltending,” Blashill said. “Two, their big guys are playing at a high level. They’ve got some elite players on their team and they’re playing at a high level.

“So those two things are a big factor. The difference between winning and losing is so minuscule in this league that when you get your guys playing a high level and you’re playing with confidence, you can go on a run.”

Ericsson opened the game’s scoring at 10:42 of the first period.

Luke Glendening, in his first game back since Dec. 21 when he suffered a wrist injury in Philadelphia, got the puck to Ericsson at the point.

Ericsson’s shot glanced off Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning and curved past Elliott, for Ericsson’s second goal.

Neither team showed must enormous jump in the opening 20 minutes, with the Flyers outshooting the Red Wings 5-4.

But Philadelphia was quicker, more energized team in the second period and it took control of the game.

MacDonald’s goal certainly helped the Flyers get going.

Voracek won a battle along the boards and pushed the puck out to MacDonald to the point.

MacDonald skated to the high slot and wristed a shot that beat Mrazek just inside the post, MacDonald’s second goal of the season.

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