The Detroit Red Wings were poised to make franchise history on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. Instead, they took another step closer to being history as far as the NHL playoffs are concerned.
A 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers brought a halt to Detroit’s two-game point streak (1-0-1). More significantly, it also drew to a conclusion the club’s three-game win streak over the Flyers.
Here’s that unreal Carter Hart game-winning save in slow-mo, absolutely insane
Also Raymond had a ton of net if he could have put it closer to the post, but it was a tough, bouncing puck to shoot pic.twitter.com/zJY50XN0H2
— Dan Silver (@dsilver88) January 22, 2023
The Flyers and Red Wings have been playing against each other ever since the fall of 1967, when Philadelphia was joining the NHL as an expansion team. Over that time, the two clubs have faced off in 148 NHL regular-season games.
Never in that span of time has Detroit ever won four NHL regular-season games in a row against the Flyers.
If you factor in the 1997 Stanley Cup final sweep of Philadelphia, yes, the Red Wings did put together a six-game win streak against Philadelphia from 1997-98. But we’re only talking regular-season games in this instance.
Laughton A Red Wings Killer
While it was Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart snaking out his right pad to kick a Lucas Raymond shot off the goal line with three seconds to play that everyone was talking about post game, save a little attention for Flyers center Scott Laughton.
Philadelphia’s last win over the Red Wings was a 3-0 shutout victory on Feb. 3, 2020, at Detroit. Laughton scored the game winner in that victory. On Saturday, it was Laughton who opened the scoring midway through the third period.
Raymond Carrying Hot Stick
Detroit forward Lucas Raymond scored his 15th of the season with 41.6 seconds left in regulation to spoil Hart’s shutout bid. It was Raymond’s seventh goal in the past 11 games.
The slow start to his campaign that saw Raymond go without a goal through his first seven games of the season now seems a long-ago memory. He’s playing confidently with the puck and generating results in the offensive zone.
“It’s pretty good I think,” Raymond said of his game. “The biggest thing for me is just trusting what I do and sticking with it. Doing the right things and when the opportunity comes, to be sharp.”