Flyers Still Hold Their Playoff Fate Following 4-3 Win Over Red Hot Detroit

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Philadelphia Reaction: 'One Down, Three To Go'

Flyers fans at SBN's Broad Street Hockey reacted to their team's tense 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The win is huge for Philadelphia as the team tries to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Here's some of the reaction from BSH:

But the orange and black didn't give up, continuing to assert themselves like a playoff team should. They'd get the two goal lead back by the end of the second period, but the Wings wouldn't go away, scoring early in the third to get within one. Detroit spent most of the third period in the Flyers end, but with a little luck, some solid defense and solid goaltending from Brian Boucher, the good guys were able to hold on for the win.

They needed a big performance against a really, really strong opponent who hadn't lost in regulation in 12 games. Everybody chipped in and got the job done. One down, three to go, right?

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Detroit Reaction: Osgood's Early Weakness Was The Difference

Red Wings fans over at SBN's Winging It In Motown reacted to their team's 4-3 loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers today, mostly by blaming a very, very early goal by Flyers' forward Dan Carcillo.

Here's WIM's Joe Hass:

Just 12 seconds into Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, a neutral-zone turnover led to the puck being on Dan Carcillo's stick to the right of Chris Osgood. He fired what appeared to be a harmless shot towards Osgood, starting his first game since January 27.

Osgood couldn't handle it.

That goal would prove to be the difference, as the Detroit Red Wings saw their 12-game point-earning streak come to an end with a 4-3 loss to a Flyers team that desperately needs any win they can get in their battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile despite goals from Dan Cleary, Darren Helm, and Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wings squander one of the two games in hand against the Nashville Predators for the fifth spot in the Western Conference.

Osgood may have made 21 saves, but it was the easy one he missed that could doom any chances for him to redeem himself in the eyes of the coaching staff. Osgood had not won a game in regulation since his 2-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins back on November 3.

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Flyers Still Hold Their Playoff Fate Following 4-3 Win Over Red Hot Detroit

For more on this game and the team's involved, check out our Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey, and our Wings blog, Winging It In Motown.

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kimmo Timonen recorded a goal and an assist to help the Philadelphia Flyers take a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Wachovia Center.

The victory improved the Flyers' chances of making the playoffs, as they entered Sunday's contest tied with the New York Rangers for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with 82 points. Sunday's win, however, put Philadelphia into a tie with idle Boston for seventh.

Claude Giroux and Arron Asham also scored for the Flyers, who had won just once in their last eight games. Dan Carcillo lit the lamp in his first game back from a two-game suspension, while Brian Boucher made 31 saves.

"It was a 60-minute effort," Boucher said. "This is a big win for us today to help keep us going. It was a team effort. I hope we can keep it going."

Dan Cleary had a goal and assist for the Red Wings, who could have clinched a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a win. Detroit, which sits in the sixth position in the West, could still lock up a spot if Calgary loses to Chicago in regulation later Sunday.

Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm also scored in the loss, the Red Wings' second in a row. Chris Osgood made his first start since January 27 and let in all four goals on 25 shots.

"The key for me is skating," Osgood said. "It's been a tough season to me injury-wise, the groin especially. Tonight it felt great, no pain at all."

The Flyers got off to a quick start, as Carcillo's shot from the left circle beat Osgood over the shoulder only 17 seconds in. Seven minutes later while on a 4-on-2 rush, Philadelphia made it 2-0 after Ian Laperriere centered a pass for Timonen, who one-timed it into the net.

However, the Red Wings battled back to even the contest before the first intermission. Cleary stuffed in a rebound in front of the net at 14:08, and a little more than two minutes later, Helm's backhander got past Boucher to make it 2-2.

But Philadelphia went back ahead in the second period, when they controlled play; Boucher needed to make only five saves. Giroux's slap shot beat Osgood 53 seconds into the frame to give the Flyers the lead, and with 2:24 remaining, Asham one-timed Timonen's sharp pass from the left side.

The Red Wings got one of the goals back early in the third, as Datsyuk's snap shot at 2:22 had the visitors within 4-3. But Boucher stopped the 11 other shots he saw in the period, as the Flyers held on for the key win.

Cleary (groin) returned from a four-game absence...This was the only meeting of the season between the teams...The home team has won each of the last 14 meetings in this series, dating back to January 24, 1998...The Red Wings open a home-and-home series with Columbus in Detroit on Wednesday...The Flyers play at Toronto on Tuesday.

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