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Flyers drop 7-6 thriller to Detroit in Shootout

Published December 22, 2023 at 10:48 PM

After what seemed like a disastrous first period, the Flyers battled back in what has by far been their most entertaining game of the season, but ultimately fell to the Detroit Red Wings 7-6 in a shootout as Patrick Kane caused agony once again for Flyers fans.

Despite falling behind 5-1, the Flyers rattled off five straight goals to come all the way back and briefly took a lead just before Dylan Larkin force overtime for the Red Wings.

Garnet Hathaway and Travis Sanheim delivered massive hits in the first and Nick Seeler gave the Flyers a much needed energy boost after dropping gloves with Christian Fischer while down 5-1.

After a rough first period, the Flyers offense got clicking as Sean Couturier and Morgan Frost netted in goals within twenty seconds of each other as the Flyers narrowed the deficit to just two as they headed into the third period.

Scott Laughton made two massive offensive plays to start the third period for the Flyers as he assisted on a Garnet Hathaway goal and then followed with a goal of his own as the Flyers tied it up 5-5 with just over six minutes remaining.

Briefly it looked like the Flyers were going to escape Detroit with a historic comeback win as Owen Tippett gave the Flyers their first lead of the night, but Red Wings vet Dylan Larkin tied it up just a minute later as both teams were deadlocked at 6-6 heading into overtime.

Although Flyers goalie Carter Hart struggled in the first period, Hart really got in a rhythm and made two key saves in overtime to keep the Flyers in it. Both teams were unable to capitalize in the overtime period, but ultimately it was Detroit who came away with the shootout win as Lucas Raymond and Patrick Kane secured the win for the Flyers.

Despite losing in heartbreaking fashion, the Flyers showed great promise tonight by not throwing in the towel and continuing to play hard after a first period where seemingly nothing was going their way.

The Flyers go into the break in a great position as they sit second in the Metro Division with 40 points. If there's one thing that Flyers fans can expect the rest of the season is that this team will fight to the end and loves to compete.
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