Detroit Red Wings’ comeback thwarted in overtime by Philadelphia, 3-2
DETROIT — Travis Konecny gracefully got his skates to the blue line, carried the puck into the middle of the right circle and sent a wrist shot to the back of the net.
Konecny’s goal 27 seconds into overtime lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
“It was 100-percent onside,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “Konecny made a heck of a play to stay onside and the linesman made a heck of a call.”
The goal stood up after a video review.
Jakub Voracek scored a tiebreaking goal in the last minute of the second period and assisted on Andrew MacDonald’s goal late in the first for the Flyers. Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots.
The Flyers have won four straight to re-enter the playoff race.
Detroit has lost five of seven, pushing the franchise closer to missing out on the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since the early 1980s.
Blashill said the team’s sense of urgency will lead to a tough decision in net, choosing to start Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard.
“We’re in playoff hockey,” Blashill said. “We have to win games and we have to make games on a game-by-game decision.”
The offensively challenged Red Wings were fortunate to score midway through the first when Jonathan Ericsson flipped the puck toward the net from just inside the blue line as it appeared redirected by the Flyers’ Brandon Manning.
Mrazek, who made 28 saves, had some strong saves early in the game before the Flyers put a lot of pressure on him with pucks from all directions.