The Philadelphia Flyers (14-7-5) welcomed the Detroit Red Wings (7-18-3) to the Wells Fargo Center for the traditional Black Friday contest.
The Flyers blew open a close game to plant a 6-1 victory.
Philadelphia’s big guns were, for the most part, silent but the good news was a major contribution from some underachievers.
Scott Laughton (1g, 1a) nailed his second in two games when he converted on a breakaway after a nice Carter Hart stop to put the locals up. 1-0 at the 2:52 mark.
Just six minutes later, Robby Fabre put his 5th Behind Hart to knot it up at 1-1.
Shawn Gosisbehere, a recent scratch, banged hon a rebound for his second of the season and the Flyguys never looked back with a 2-1 edge.
The second stanza was a forth and back affair until Sean Couturier bagged his 8th of the season off to close the second with a Philly large and in charge, 3-1.
It seemed the Orange and Black had a scouting report on former Flyer, Calvin Pickard as they would break the event wide open with tallies from Kevin Hayes who nailed an absolute Top 10 worthy goal when he converted a saucer pass from Scott Laughton with just :27 played.
Thirty seconds later, Oskar Lindblom finished off an Ivan Provorov and Jakob Voracek set up to push it to 5-1 and team Philadelphia nailed their third goal in just 1:09 to blow the close game open.
James van Riemsdyk would add an “oh by the way goal” to put the exclamation point on Philadelphia’s 14th victory.
Blue Lines- How bad are the Red Wings struggling? They are on pace for a 49 point season.
Carter Hart continued the hot Flyers goaltending with 32 saves.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.