Red Wings have no answer for goalie Hart as Flyers win
Detroit — No incredible comeback this time around for the Red Wings.
No dramatic third-period rally to salvage a point or any of that — as they did Saturday — but plenty of watching Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart make one sensational save after another.
Hart, the 20-year-old goaltending phenom stopped 37 shots and Oskar Lindblom scored two goals as the Flyers completed a weekend sweep of the Red Wings Sunday, winning 3-1.
The Red Wings made a sensational four-goal third-period rally Saturday that force overtime, but there were no such heroics in this game.
A day after looking mortal — especially in the third period — Hart wasn’t giving the Wings anything.
“For him to have the mental toughness, and the coaching staff to go right back with him, the mental toughness to come back and play as well as he did today was a big statement,” coach Jeff Blashill said.
Hart made several big stops on Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi early that set the tone for what was going to be the theme.
“We had a lot of good chances, but unfortunately we didn’t bury any of them,” said goaltender Jimmy Howard, who stopped 11 shots in relief of Jonathan Bernier (neck) after one period. “He (Hart) has a long career ahead of him. He’s going to be a good one.”
Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov's goal, his sixth, at 2:11 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie.
Provorov slapped a shot from the point that Howard never saw with two bodies battling for position in front of him.
Lindblom then scored his second of the game into an empty net at 18:34, giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
“Carter Hart was excellent, our team was excellent in a lot of ways,” Blashill said. “Play that kind of hockey and you’re a good hockey team that will win games as we keep going.
“We have to find ways to score a little bit easier when we play that good a defense.”
Darren Helm scored for the Wings.
Helm tied the score 1-1 with his fifth goal in the second period.
Niklas Kronwall lifted a shot at net that Hart stopped, but didn’t control and the puck dropped into the crease. Helm worked his way free and backhanded the puck into the net at 14:49.
Lindblom opened the scoring at 15:48 of the first period.
Flyers forward Sean Couturier centered the pass to the net that went off Lindblom, then banked off Nick Jensen’s skate, and past Bernier. Lindblom was credited with the goal, his ninth.
Mantha was the most visible Wings forward in a variety of ways, with a team-leading seven shots, and a first-period fight with Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds.
The fight was retribution for Mantha’s hit on Claude Giroux Saturday in Philadelphia.
“I step up for myself,” said Mantha, who was challenged by Simmonds before Sunday’s game. “He told me right before the anthem he wanted me, so I said let’s get it over with and play some real hockey.
“He goes, ‘I hope you’re going to be a man,’ that’s pretty much it.
“I said ‘Am I going to gain your respect?’”
Simmonds said yes, and they fought the next shift.
“He’s a tough person and he understands these situations,” Blashill said.
Sunday’s game also marked the return from Grand Rapids of defenseman Filip Hronek, who played 14:18 with three hits and a minus-1 rating.
Veteran Jonathan Ericsson was the healthy scratch with Hronek playing, and will likely sit again Wednesday against Chicago.
“E, for me, was the worst of the six (defensemen) there last night, I didn’t think our defense was great (Saturday),” Blashill said. “For me, he struggled, and I think he knew that. Fil is here to play. It doesn’t mean if Fil doesn’t play good at some point you have to do something about it, but he’s here to play.
“We called him up here to pay and tonight it was E, and I would anticipate a similar lineup on Wednesday. Most of our defensemen played pretty good.”