Flyers' OT goal sours Red Wings' feel-good vibe
Detroit — One step forward, one step back for the Red Wings.
They just can’t get any traction, although they did earn a point Tuesday by taking the Philadelphia Flyers to overtime.
But, then, in overtime, as it usually does for the Red Wings this season, they lost, as Travis Konecny scored at 27 seconds, giving the Flyers a 3-2 victory.
The Red Wings are 1-7 in overtime this season.
Konecny’s goal was reviewed, as to whether maybe he was offside, but video confirmed the goal.
After getting a look themselves, the Red Wings were fine with the call.
“It was 100 percent onside,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Konecny made a heck of a play to stay onside. The ref, linesman, made a heckuva call to call it onside, to be honest with you.”
So after an impressive victory in New Jersey 24 hours earlier, the Red Wings couldn’t match it Tuesday at home, although they easily earned the extra point.
“In the end we will out-chanced them,” Blashill said. “I didn’t like our second (period) but the first (period), not that we took it to them but I liked our first enough. I really liked our third (period).
“We had chances. We have to score.”
The Red Wings (19-20-8, 46 points) can’t get out of a win one, lose one rut, ultimately. After winning four consecutive games, they’ve lost five of seven (2-4-1).
“We have to win more games,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “We can’t just go .500. But we’re playing better. We’re doing little things right.”
Jonathan Ericsson and Frans Nielsen had Red Wings goals.
Nielsen tied the game 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 — Tyler Bertuzzi had an open net on a rebound but couldn’t convert — and the Flyers ultimately made them pay.
Andrew MacDonald and Jakub Voracek (power play) had the other Flyers (24-16-8, 56 points) goals, while goalie Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots.
Blashill decided to go with goaltender Petr Mrazek on the second night of back-to-back games, after Mrazek was superb in shutting out New Jersey.
Mrazek extended his career-best shutout streak to 145 minutes, 5 seconds before MacDonald scored at 1:10 of the second period.
“I felt pretty good, I was excited,” said Mrazek of getting the start. “I played a couple of back-to-backs in the past so it wasn’t anything new for me. But I felt pretty good out there.”
Blashill is liking what he’s seeing from Mrazek.
“The puck is sticking to him and he’s in control,” Blashill said. “He’s managing the depth of his crease well.”
Ericsson opened the 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.
Glendening, incidentally, had two assists, a plus-2 rating, and a team-high three hits in a fine return to the lineup.
“Outstanding,” said Blashill, of Glendening’s game. “He was a big reason our third period was way better. You have to have forecheck pressure in this league and he provides that. He had a couple of assists. He was excellent.”